Africa

The Global Native: Enhancing agriculture in Zimbabwe

AFFORD would like to congratulate The Global Native, one of our current grantees, for their great social impact on the lives of farmers in 3 villages in Zimbabwe.

The Global Native invest in large trucks in order to provide transport services to farmers in rural areas enabling them to move their products faster to more profitable markets. With The Global Native’s trucks, farmers can transport greater quantity of products at cheaper prices, transport their goods to the markets quicker, therefore increasing revenue and improving their livelihood.

AFFORD awarded The Global Native a £30,000 matched grant as part of the Diaspora Business Planning Competition in 2017. Over a period of 12 months, The Global Native has already made impressive progress. The grant has enabled them to scale up their work, buying a 40 ton truck. On top of AFFORD’s grant, The Global Native raised further investment from the diaspora through their Enaleni platform and have bought 3 additional trucks, creating a total of 23 new jobs. The Global Native works with Turning Matabeleland Green, who have trained over 10,000 farmers in chicken production and tomato growing in the southern region of Zimbabwe.

Na Ncube, Founder and Director at Global Native has found the support from AFFORD paramount in growing the enterprise and stated:

“AFFORD’s grant has helped us generate 100% increase in sales which would have been difficult without the extra injection of capital. Business expansion needs capital, and for most diaspora businesses this is a limiting factor in expanding our enterprises. Demand on the ground still exceeds supply therefore we are still looking for new capital to scale up further over the next year. If you are interested in investing in our work, please get in touch at info@enaleni.org.” 

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. 

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.

AD3 2018: From Locally Known to Global Brands

AFFORD’s 18th annual African Diaspora & Development Day (AD3) took place on Friday 7th July 2018 at Chatham House: The Royal Institute of International Affairs. This years theme ‘From locally known to global brands – Where are all the global African brands?’ focused on the scalability of African businesses. We would like to say a big thank you to Chatham House, our speakers, guests and all who assisted in making AFFORD’s 18th annual African Diaspora & Development Day (AD3) such a wonderful and interesting event. The line-up for the event included AFFORD Chair, Mr Ade Adaramy and four key speakers: Mr Henry Thompson from Chatham House, Ms Rubelyn Alcantara from Uhusiano Capital, Ms Pumela Salela from Brand South Africa and Mr Paul Asquith from AFFORD.

Panelists discussed opportunities for investment among African businesses and key barriers for smaller businesses to attract investors, if you are a business owner or entrepreneur who would like to receive regular updates on business opportunities within the diaspora and gain access to a range of benefits relating to business development, click here to find out more about the AFFORD Business Club.

To find out more about the event and topics discussed regarding the scalability of African businesses and investment opportunities, click here to read a short report summarising AD3 2018 and check out our Facebook page to see official photos taken on the day.

 

Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development

 

To celebrate the International Day of Family Remittances, the Central Bank of Malaysia, in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank Group, hosted a global conference with over 400 participants from the public and private sectors, and the civil society to discuss the issues of remittances, investment and development in the Asian-Pacific region.

Twenty-two panels of experts discussed the current status of remittance flows to Asia-Pacific and proposed policies and mechanisms to lower the transaction costs of migrant remittances, improve market efficiencies and maximise the impact of diaspora contributions for families in communities of origin.

The conference outlined a set of specific actionable plans, which are directly linked to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The five outcomes were structured as the following:

1. Recognize the contributions of migrant remittances and diaspora investments to achieving the SDGs.
2. Expand the collection, analysis and application of remittance- and diaspora-related data to foster effective public policies and private-sector investment, and informed decision-making.
3. Continuously review legal and regulatory frameworks on remittance and diaspora investments to promote coordination across jurisdictions; and ensure that they encourage competition, innovation and productivity, leading to greater market efficiency and lower cost.
4. Support financial involvement and facilitate asset-building in order to leverage the impact of remittances and diaspora investment.
5. Convene the public and private sectors, and the civil society beginning from the local level up to national and international levels, to coordinate and implement strategies, policies and actions, and evaluate efforts on a regular basis.

The findings at the Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development are useful for identifying solutions to increase diaspora investment in Africa through remittances. According to the World Bank, Africa has the highest remittance costs in the world, remittances sent by 31 million international African migrants reached nearly $40 billion in 2010, equivalent to 2.6 percent of Africa’s gross GDP, showing the importance of remittances and diaspora investment in Africa and the need to review current remittance procedures.

To read a full list of outcomes at the Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development 2018, please click on the link here.

Short-term Consultant Needed for MADE West Africa

MADE West Africa are currently recruiting a consultant to produce an overview of the implementation of SDGs 8.7, 10.7 and 10.c in the West African context.

MADE West Africa (West Africa – Migration and Development, Partnership for a Governance of Migration and Rights-Based Mobility) is a project funded by the European Commission and was launched by ICMC Europe (International Catholic Migration Commission), AFFORD (African Foundation for Development), the Centre for Migration Studies (University of Ghana) and FORIM (Forum of International Organizations of Migration Issues). MADE West Africa’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 selected consultant will produce a 25 page document, which will be easily readable and usable for civil society organisations to develop annual review documents to support advocacy work in West Africa by civil society organisations and more generally the activities of MADE West Africa.

DEADLINE: 21st AUGUST 2018, applications can be made via email to bertrand@icmc.net with “Application for MADE West Africa Paper” in the subject line.

If you are interested in applying, click here for further information.

 

We’re hiring!

 

Deadline: Thursday 7 June 2018

AFFORD seeks a Diaspora Experience & Mobilisation Manager with great business and interpersonal skills, professional demeanour, integrity, sound judgment, and strong analytical and project management skills. The Diaspora Experience & Mobilisation Manager will be an integral part of the AFFORD team and will work under the direction of the Executive Director. The successful candidate will be someone who has experience of managing a successful start-up project or enterprise.

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about the development of the diaspora as active agents of transformation in Africa, and will work actively to mobilise, engage and facilitate their contribution of time, skills and money towards job creation and development in Africa. They must have a keen interest in diaspora philanthropy, investment and skills transfer, and the potential they have in adding significantly to the African social economy. This role will suit a candidate who is self-starting and proactive, has a problem-solving attitude and is interested in building a new sustainable online diaspora business model.

Read the Job Description here

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