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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.

Royal African Society launches Official Patronage of H.R.H. The Duke of Cambridge

AFFORD attended the Royal African Society Autumn Reception at the British Academy launching the official patronage of H.R.H. The Duke of Cambridge on Wednesday 12th September 2018. Guests at the reception included various experts in the field of business, academia, the arts and education in Africa and the diaspora.

The Duke of Cambridge, in his speech, mentioned the importance of the diaspora as a bridge between Britain and Africa and also the need to focus on job creation, enterprise, investment and new technology to drive Africa’s development. We were pleased to see that his vision supports the current focus of AFFORD’s work.

Click here to see an excerpt of the Duke of Cambridge’s speech.

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. 

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.

Calling all Rwandans in the UK

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has commissioned the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) to carry out a study about Rwandans and people of Rwandan heritage living in the United Kingdom, which is taking place between May and September 2018.
This forms part of a broader IOM initiative to coordinate studies about Rwandans and people of Rwandan heritage living in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany for the Government of Rwanda.

The UK study will be conducted by AFFORD and will involve research about Rwandans and people of Rwandan origin living in the UK through surveys, interviews and focus group discussions. The aim of this study is to better understand how Rwandans abroad interact with, and contribute to, Rwanda. For the purposes of this study, Rwandans in the UK include anyone born in Rwanda or whose parents or grandparents are Rwandan.

All responses to this study will be treated in the strictest confidence, and all results will be anonymised.

The findings of the UK study, along with the other three countries, will contribute to a Migration Profile of Rwanda, which is due to be completed at the end of 2018. This will make recommendations to the Government of Rwanda on how Rwandans abroad can be better supported to contribute to Rwanda’s development.

If you are interested in taking part, please click here.

For further information on the study, please contact:

AFFORD

Claude Rutsinzi – Principal Researcher

Email: clauder@virginmedia.com

Paul Asquith – Reseach Coordinator

Email: paul@afford-uk.org

Tel +44 (0)203 326 3750

IOM UK

Sia Kondeh – Project Assistant

Email: skondeh@iom.int

Tel +44 (0) 207 811 6036

 

Zayed Sustainability Prize

At the 2008 World Future Energy Summit, H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the UAE, announced the launch of the Zayed Future Energy Prize – a tribute to his father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his legacy of environmental stewardship and sustainability.

By recognising solutions and technologies that can change the world, the Zayed Future Energy Prize, managed by Masdar, in Abu Dhabi, has rewarded pioneering innovators and visionaries whose achievements have furthered the proliferation of renewable energy solutions.

Over the past decade, the Prize has seen 66 winners positively impact the lives of over 307 million people.

In April 2018, the Prize adapted its focus with a view to affecting greater impact across multiple sustainability sectors. In order to reflect this evolution, it was renamed the Zayed Sustainability Prize.

The Prize is divided into five distinct award categories; they are:

Health, Food, Energy, Water, and Global High Schools.

More info here

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) is a scholar fellowship program for educational projects at African higher education institutions. Offered by IIE in collaboration with the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa), the program is funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY). Over the past four years, the program has funded 270 Fellowships at 102 African universities.

Applications are now being accepted through July 6, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT for the Spring 2018 competition of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP)

  • Accredited universities in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda can submit a project request online to host a scholar.
  • Scholars born in Africa, who live in the United States or Canada and work in an accredited college or university in either of those two countries, can apply online to be placed on a roster of available candidates for a fellowship. Scholars must hold a terminal degree in their field and may hold any academic rank.

More info here 

AIF Innovation Prize for Africa

Deadline: 10 January 2018

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has announced the seventh edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) themed “investing in inclusive innovation ecosystems” thereby inviting submissions to reward the best home-grown innovations on the continent. The annual Award seeks to celebrate outstanding breakthroughs that deliver practical, and commercially viable African solutions that are innovative and sustainable.

More info here

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