LITPROM – the Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American Literature was founded in Frankfurt in 1980 on the occasion of the Frankfurt Book Fair which then focused on creative writing from Africa. It is an association of professionals in the fields of publishing, journalism and literary studies and criticism.

Since 1984 LITPROM has also been administering a special programme of grants for translations into German of relevant books by African, Asian and Latin American authors; this programme is funded by the German Foreign Office and the Swiss cultural foundation PRO HELVETIA and allows for subsidies of about 20 translations per year.