Published annually, the ADI is an attempt to have a measurement tool for human dignity among Africans, as a contribution toward a continuous assessment of progress toward Agenda 2063. The ADI adopts the Agenda 2063 Aspirations as the cardinal framework for analysis as well as foundational basis for selection of the thematic dimensions of measurement, along which measurement indicators are derived.

The African Dignity Index (ADI) intends to base its indicators on three thematic areas, namely: human dignity - dignity of all African humans everywhere on earth, human development and peace and justice for all Africans. The common indicators are agreed upon by the Task Team for each of the three concepts and will cumulatively comparatively assess the levels of dignity in each African country.