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AFFORD Business Club partner interview with A4ID

The AFFORD Business Club (ABC) are working with great people and organisations who want to join us in supporting members of ABC. A4ID is our partner for all things legal. This month’s interview is with Joe Tan, the Deputy Head of Partnerships & Legal Services at Advocates for International Development (A4ID).

1. Can you tell us a bit about A4ID and the services you offer?

A4ID is global charity headquartered in London and a presence in Nairobi and New Delhi with a vision of working to ensure that the law and lawyers play a full role in the eradication of global poverty by advancing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Established over 12 years ago in response to the Asian tsunami crisis, it began as a movement of city lawyers who wished to use their skills practically to assist survivors. Since then, A4ID has worked at the intersection of law and international development. Remaining faithful to its humanitarian roots as a lawyer led movement, it is perhaps best known for its brokerage service. This service helps its registered ‘Development Partners’ (largely charities and other non-profit entities and some social enterprises but in more limited circumstances, also intergovernmental organisations and developing country governments, and legal professional bodies) to access pro bono (i.e. free) legal advice and assistance in support of their work. Development Partners approach A4ID with its draft projects which are reviewed and scoped by A4ID lawyers. The projects are placed on a list which is circulated to its network of ‘Legal Partners’ of law firms, barristers chambers, in-house lawyers at corporate organisations and legal academics. Legal Partners then have a week to bid on the projects of interest before the deadline of noon the following Monday. If a project is not picked up that first week, it will be placed back in the list and re-circulated for a second week and allocated on a ‘first come first serve basis’.

Aside from the brokerage service, A4ID provides a range of training programmes and literature. On the one hand, A4ID seek to inform and empower lawyers to get more involved in development issues, while on the other, it seeks to assist its Development Partners in understanding how the law can be used as a tool to advance their own social mission.

A4ID also manages the Rule of Law Expertise UK programme (‘ROLE UK’) funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). This programme provides financial support aimed at improving rule of law environments in developing countries by matching judicial and legal expertise, both private and public sector, with demand in developing countries to improve the policies, organisations and practices of legal and judicial systems.

2. What kind of law firms work with you and why?

Our network of Legal Partners comprise over 50,000 lawyers in more than 123 countries around the world. The majority of Legal Partners are large multinational corporate law firms based either in the UK or the US. We also work with several smaller law firms who are passionate about development and we are always looking for opportunities to build up a network of lawyers in the developing world, who can assist with domestic law advice. In the UK, we also work with some of the leading barristers and in-house lawyers who are among the best in their field of expertise.

We look to partner with lawyers who are willing and keen to offer their skills free of charge to support our Development Partners in need of legal advice and assistance. Quality of service is important to A4ID and we therefore partner with some of the world’s leading law firms, barristers, and in-house lawyers. Legal Partners have also provided This ensures that our Development Partners receive excellent legal advice for free. We monitor the quality of service closely and the overwhelming majority of feedback we receive from our Development Partners is highly positive.

3. What do you look for in organisations that you work with and support?

Our Development Partners come in many sizes and capacities. Some are large global multination enterprises headquartered in a large international city, others are single, start-up entities at the grassroots. The only criterion we demand from our Development Partners is that they must be seeking to further at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the developing world. The SDGs are indivisible and interdependent and organisations undertaking work that demonstrate this is something that we get quite excited about at A4ID. In the case of social enterprises, there are more levels of discretion and these organisations tend to be in their start-up phase. Having made profits and distributed dividends is also a significant disqualifying factor.

3rd Diaspora Investment and Policy Forum in Lagos, Nigeria

 

As part of AFFORD’s Diaspora Finance Initiative (DFI), AFFORD’s country partner the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) organised the 3rd Diaspora Investment & Policy Forum on 26 September 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria. Diaspora Investment & Policy Forums are an important part of AFFORD’s work as they provide decision makers, diaspora businesses and regulators with a space to have open dialogue on creating an enabling environment for SMEs.

The forum focused on building successful diaspora businesses in Nigeria through dialogue with business development institutions, local government, regulatory bodies, private sector and other stakeholders. A variety of organisations, businesses and regulatory bodies in Nigeria attended, these included:

The forum was successful in providing diaspora businesses with the opportunity to engage with policy makers and regulatory bodies in Nigeria. Diaspora businesses were able to have open dialogue with regulators on barriers relating to regulation and discuss sustainable solutions.
The next Diaspora Investment & Policy Forums will be led by AFFORD’s country partners in Zimbabwe and Rwanda later this year.

Graphic Design Volunteer Role available

AFFORD is seeking a Graphic Design Volunteer to design content for AFFORD’s website, marketing, branding, and social media campaigns. They will conceptualize, design, and create templates for reports, flyers, presentations, banners.

This is an excellent opportunity for an up and coming graphic designer to work on an exciting campaign celebrating successful African Diaspora Entrepreneurs and  develop a portfolio of work for future employment opportunities or establishing one’s self as a graphic designer.

The ideal candidate should have: 

  • In-depth knowledge of Adobe creative suite and in particular Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • Ability to work independently and in partnership with a team
  • Must possess the ability to work towards deadlines
  • Have good graphical skills
  • Self-directed and willing to take initiative
  • Excellent attention to details

Read the full job description and find out how to apply by clicking here.

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European Union Aid volunteers training session

CHS Alliance and Danish Refugee Council (DRC) organised a capacity building event for diaspora volunteers and organisations working in the humanitarian sector. AFFORD, as a partner of DEMAC and beneficiary of the European Union Aid Volunteer (EUAV) project managed by DRC assisted in organising the training programme.

The four day programme took place in London from the 11th-14th September 2018 and included training sessions on Understanding Core Humanitarian Standards & Principles, Strengthening Local Capacities, Resource Management, Understanding Complaints Mechanisms, implementing safety policy and an explanation of the European Union Aid Volunteer Certification process. A variety of diaspora led organisations throughout the UK and Europe took part, these included:

AFFORD received extremely positive feedback from attendees and will be facilitating further events and activities over the next six months.

ABC Legal Seminar with Morrison & Foerster LLP

 

The AFFORD Business Club (ABC) has joined with Morrison & Foerster LLP, an international law firm, to provide a free event for businessescharities and social enterprises to give you insight into what you need to know and do legally for your business.

Are you trying to figure out the best structure for your enterprise?

Is tax causing you confusion and frustration?

Are your contracts and agreements with staff and service providers really protecting you?

This seminar will look at these areas and more including:

• Types of business organisation, sole trader, partnership, company, charitable status
• Contracts, formation, effect and enforceability, standard terms and exclusion clauses
• Essentials of relevant employment law
• Tax considerations for entrepreneurs
• Avenues for conflict and dispute resolution
• Intellectual Property
• International trade: Import and Export

This free seminar is a vital session providing information on key legal areas of interest no matter what stage your organisation is at. It will help you identify areas of support that you didn’t know you needed!

This will also be an excellent opportunity for you to meet the team of lawyers who will be providing free one to one sessions for our ABC members. Come and find out about the other benefits and assistance you would receive if you became an AFFORD Business Club (ABC) member .

Date: Thursday 20th September 2018
Location: Morrison and Foerster LLP, 1 Ropemaker St, London, EC2Y 9AW
Time: 17.30 – 20.00

Whether you are a business, a charitable organisation or an entrepreneur, make sure you don’t miss out on this essential legal support opportunity!

The deadline to register is Tuesday 18th September 2018, and please note seats are very limited for this event so please register early to avoid disappointment.

To register for free please click on the link here. 

If you have any questions please contact katharine@afford-uk.org

Onyekachi Wambu on Governance in Africa Conversations Series

AFFORD’s Executive Director, Mr Onyekachi Wambu was interviewed by Ms Rama Salla Dieng in one of the ‘Governance in Africa Conversations’ series. The programmes brings together some of the most important and inspired thinkers, policy makers and experts focusing on issues affecting governance in Africa.

The series is part of the ‘Governance for Development Initiative’ at the Centre of African Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in the United Kingdom, funded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

Onyekachi Wambu spoke about how governance in Africa is influenced by a colonial model and the various ways in which the diaspora can contribute effectively on the continent. 

Click here to watch Onyekachi’s interview in full. 

We’re Hiring!

Deadline: 7th September 2018 at 12pm 

AFFORD is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation & Fundraising Assistant to join our team and provide support to our Monitoring, Evaluation & Fundraising Manager. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is passionate about international development and wants to support the delivery of impactful projects and the measuring of their impact. Successful applicants will provide support to a small team in London and to our Africa-based partners.

The ideal candidate should have:

  • At least two years’ experience working in a relevant fundraising, M&E or project support role
  • A degree in International Development, Economics, International Relations or equivalent;
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, writing and editing skills, with exceptional attention to detail
  • The ability to research data from various sources, to analyse findings and present them clearly;

Read the job description in full and find out how to apply by clicking here. 

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DEMAC launches free Diaspora Humanitarian E-learning Course

Diaspora Emergency Action & Coordination (DEMAC) has launched a brand new Diaspora Humanitarian E-Learning course, this free online training course provides the diaspora with the information, tools and guidance for enhancing humanitarian response. The course is made up of 3 modules and has been designed with diaspora responders in mind but would be beneficial for new humanitarian workers, project managers, managers, volunteers, local responders and anyone seeking entry level insight into the humanitarian sector.

This course has been designed to enhance your knowledge on:

• The Humanitarian Principles
• Needs Assessments
• Safety & Security
• Accountability & Transparency
• Organisational Development
• Advocacy and Policy
• Project Development
• Bid Writing
• Reporting
• Monitoring and Evaluation

To access the training you will need to register via the Kaya platform which is entirely free and only takes 2 minutes!

Click here to register. 

Applications are open: Africa Innovates for the SDGs 2018

Africa Innovates for the SDGs is a new award opportunity catered to up and coming social innovators in Africa with exceptional ideas and initiatives linked to any of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Co-Chair of the Group of Eminent Advocates for the SDGs and President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, launched the award for a new generation of early-stage social innovators in Africa who are solving pressing problems in the SDG focus areas. The award will put a spotlight on the winning SDG innovators and raise awareness around their work.

Winners will be awarded the grand prize and have their work showcased at an international level, helping them to expand their work. In order to be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of any African country or a resident in any African countries for a minimum of 3 consecutive years.
  • Be 18 years or older

The solutions submitted to Africa Innovates for the SDGs must:

  • Be unique, new and innovative.
  • Clearly contribute to one or more of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Have already been tested or have proven impact.
  • Have the potential to create strong and meaningful impact on society especially for large numbers of people.

Deadline for making applications: 7th September 2018, click here to find out more.

MADE West Africa Call for Proposals: Ghana and Sierra Leone

The “Migration and Development West Africa project, Partnership for a Governance of Migration and Rights-Based Mobility” or MADE West Africa which is funded by the European Commission was launched by AFFORD (African Foundation for Development), the Centre for Migration Studies (University of Ghana), FORIM (Forum of International Organizations of Migration Issues) and ICMC Europe (International Catholic Migration Commission).

MADE West Africa has opened a call for proposals for actions to promote the positive potential of migrants for development from Ghana and Sierra Leone. MADE West Africa’s project’s general objective is to promote good governance of migration and mobility, as well as the protection of the rights of migrants in the ECOWAS region, in order to increase the benefits of migration and mobility on development.
The call for proposals particularly concerns maximizing the contribution of diaspora to effectively support development and job creation in Ghana or Sierra Leone. It is part of a series of actions implemented by AFFORD in partnership with local organisations.

In order to be eligible under the MADE pilot fund, actions must primarily aim at policy changes or the implementation of relevant actions at local, national or even regional level that contribute to the channelling of different types of remittances into development and job creation.
This 2018 – 2019 matching Seed concerns small grants of 8000 EUR in match-funding to each selected civil society organisation to support advocacy or practical activities from October 2018 to March 2019 (6 months). Applicants must be based in the diaspora (Europe), Ghana or Sierra Leone but partnerships with organisations in other countries are possible. Activities can only be implemented in Ghana or Sierra Leone.
To find out the specific requirements for Ghana and Sierra Leone, read the Country Call for Proposals and download the application form here.

Interested organizations should submit a completed application form and a budget proposal by 20 August 2018.
Only one grant will be provided for activities in this call for proposals.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you would have any questions at: Richard@afford-uk.org

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