About African Foundation for Development
African Foundation for Development African Foundation for Development How we work: Here at AFFORD we pride ourselves in the way we work and how we achieve results - organisationally and through our interactions with local SMEs. We hope our work will be a legacy for young Africans who want to engage with their continent and participate in projects and programmes that sit at the core of our work. Our organisational workforce reflects the diversity of the continent of Africa and those non-Africans who equally share our passion for her. AFFORD?s initiatives have had major positive impacts on local African development on two broad fronts. Firstly, the creation of a new diaspora-development framework have expanded and enhanced the range of development partnerships, many of which would have remained dormant or marginal. Secondly, for the past decade, AFFORD has applied its pioneering and innovative expertise to the subject matter of job creation in Africa, especially in post-conflict Sierra Leone. Since 1994, and over the past decade especially, about 20 African governments have created diaspora ministries, departments or units. Many more have ? to varying degrees ? adopted and implemented specific diaspora-development policies ranging from the issuing of diaspora-bonds for local projects to partnership schemes with local governments. Most importantly, there is widespread acceptance of this development framework and civil society, community, corporate, governmental and other bodies are all finding their own ways of facilitating enhanced diaspora input to local development. As the new millennium dawned, AFFORD realised that a momentum was gathering towards acceptance of the diaspora-development framework. Consequently, it adopted a new strategic goal of expanding and enhancing the role of the diaspora in job creation in Africa. This led to a range of pioneering initiatives that gives local populations options and opportunities to take charge of their own development.
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