Networking is the principal vehicle for research by the Institution. The Institution is affiliated to and actively engaged with several international research and knowledge institutions and networks. The affiliations enable the Institution to share research information, ensure scientific validation and expert review of technical outputs and apply cutting-edge research methods and practices. The Institution collaborates with a number of international network and institutions. AfriHeritage is part of the Think Tank Initiatives of the International Development Research Centre (TTI-IDRC) with headquarters in Ottawa. The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a Canadian Crown corporation established by an act of Parliament in 1970 to help developing countries find solutions to their problems. Some other institutions in collaboration with AIAE include: African Economics Research Consortium (AERC), Nairobi, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODSRIA), Dakar; Centre for Institutional Support for Economic Research in Africa (CISERA), Dakar; Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD), New York; Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford, UK.
It also actively networks with knowledge and policy advocacy institutions in Nigeria, under several forms of collaboration and cooperation. Some of the local institutions and networks are: Economics departments in Nigerian Universities; Private sector organizations such as the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME), National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA); Better Business Initiative; Nigerian Institute for Social and Economic Research (NISER); Budget Transparency Network; Enugu Forum