international development

AFFORD attends the Mixed Migration Conference in Copenhagen

AFFORD’s Deputy Executive Director Stella Opoku- Owusu attended the Mixed Migration conference, hosted by the Danish Refugee Council & Mixed Migration Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark on 9th November 2018. The conference bought together practitioners, policy makers and researchers to address the often-simplified narratives of drivers and aspirations of migration in Europe. Ms Opoku-Owusu was part of a panel focusing on the drivers and aspirations of migration from the perspective of the African diaspora and development. A variety of organisations attended, these included:

Find out more about the event by clicking here.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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