Since 2011, the AAFA has held its annual conference at the beginning of September. The first conference was held in Ghana in 2011 and was hosted by the University of Ghana Business School. Subsequently, the conference has been hosted in collaboration with 8 universities/institutions in Africa.
These include University of Jos (Nigeria), Makerere University Business School (Uganda), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), University of Mauritius (Mauritius), Strathmore University (Kenya), Southern Africa Accounting Association (South Africa), CESAG Business (Senegal) and University of Dar es Salaam Business School (Tanzania). Each conference has, on average, brought on board scholars from several countries providing a good environment for collaboration and networking between African academics and those based beyond the continent. The annual conferences have also attracted several distinguished international scholars from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Romania such as Professors Trevor Hopper, Katherine Schipper, Donna Street, Mike Jones, Haresh Sapra, Charles Cho, Marcia Annisette, Holger Daske, Christine Cooper, Niels Hermes, Giuseppe Grossi, Theresa Hammond, Shahzad Uddin, Catalin N. Albu & Nadia Albu, Anywhere Sikochi, Meryem Duygun and Yves Gendron.
At the conferences, AAFA involves national professional bodies, practitioners, and accounting agencies as part of the events with the aim of fostering research that can have a significant impact at the societal, economic and sectoral levels.