Afrinspire has built relationships with a network of African partners in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the New Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia through visits to East Africa over the last 20 years. Through its partnerships, Afinspire is able to catalyse community led development projects which respond to the needs of the local people. Afrinspire's innovative approach generates long lasting and meaningful impact in communities which need it the most.
An african Agenda, from inside africa
strengthen those who are taking initiative
start where the people are
Peer assessment within africa
no single interest
AN AFRICAN APPROACH, FROM INSIDE AFRICA
The people who best know what is required to transform their communities are the people inside these communities, which means that western imposed agendas and initiatives are often unsuccessful when applied on the ground. Afrinspire works with community leaders to catalyse African led initiatives. Because of this, Afrinspire’s work is highly regarded in the communities in which it works.
''What is unique about Afrinspire is that it sits with the people, instead of speaking down to those in need''
Zadok Kamusiime, Guardian to the Batwa (a marginalised ethnic minority)
Afrinspire supports sustainable development that lasts
Many of our projects are based upon providing people with the skills and support they need to help themselves and their communties.
One example of this is our Functional Adult Literacy (FAL) programmes run by our partner Rose Ekitwi. These programmes started to empower adults living in poverty stricken parts of Uganda and beyond with literacy skills. The programmes now go beyond this, teaching numeracy, agricultural skills, business skills and providing health and sanitation awareness. Many of our FAL participants have gone on to use these skills to create meaningful change and development in their communities. Read about how FAL participant Judith is working to tackle illiteracy in younger generations through the launch of Kafu School here.
FAL participants cellebrating the completion of their course
40 more Ugandans empowered with ICT skills
STRENGTHEN THOSE WHO ARE TAKING INITIATIVE
Afrinspire identifies people and community leaders who are working to create meaninful change and development in their communities. Through doing, this we have built up a strong network of partners who we continue to support, either financially, or through offering advice and guidance. Each year, we host our Young Leaders conference which brings together some of these inspirational leaders and provides an opportunity for knowledge sharing and mutual support.
The Afrinspire Young Entrepeneurs Fund offers financial support to young people with promising business plans which have the potential to create jobs and improve communities. Since 2008 we have supported 28 projects by Young Entrepeurs, creating a total of 110 jobs with an additional estimated 610 beneficiaries.
We have recently supported young entrepeneur Katende to open his own drug shop. Katende has been working hard in the last few years to become a fully qualified pharmacist, and hopes to tranform his drug shop into a registered pharmacy in the near future. Read more here.
''The regular visits organised by Afrinspire play a key role in making the organisation and its team members feel so approachable.''
Afrinspire as an organisation is built upon trusting relationships, which are strengthened through regular field visits.
START WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE
''Development happens around people''
Ian Sanderson, Founder and CEO of Afrinspire
''Development happens around people''
NO SINGLE INTEREST
There is no one solution to poverty. Afrinspire recognises that each community has different needs, and development solutions must be tailored towards these. By supporting a wide scope of projects, Afrinspire is able to support leaders who are driving change in their communities
PEER ASSESSMENT WITHIN AFRICA
Afrinspire has enabled the formation of various partner networks. Annual conferences bring partners together, and are an opportunity for knowledge sharing and peer assessment.