Alliances for Africa, Lagos
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Alliances for Africa (AfA) is an African-led international non-governmental human rights, peace and sustainable development organisation with offices in the United Kingdom and Lagos, Nigeria. AfA works with partners in, around and beyond the continent of Africa. AfA was created to enhance and reconstruct the interface between human rights and development with a vision to contributing innovatively to the task of tackling causes of endemic poverty and exclusion in Africa.
AfA's core activities are organised under a five point agenda namely:
- 1. Human Rights, Peace & poverty and Sustainable Development
- 2. Women in governance and decision making processes
- 3. Coalition-building, monitoring and networking
- 4. Training and Capacity-building
- 5. Community development (UK based programme activities)
1. Human Rights, Peace & poverty and Sustainable Development
There is currently little collaboration among organisations in Africa working within the areas of human rights, peace and development. AfA programmes attempt to redress this through appropriately targeted, practical initiatives in association with local, national and regional organisations.
2. Women in governance and decision making processes
The Women in governance initiative is aimed at encouraging women in Africa to participate actively in governance, public life and decision making processes at all levels in their communities. The activities under this project are designed to provide and contribute to the broader goal of empowering and advocating for full participation of urban and rural poor women and potential women leaders. The project was implemented as a pilot initiative in Imo and Ebonyi States South East Nigeria and is now being replicated in other parts of Nigeria and West Africa.
3. Coalition-building, monitoring and networking
AfA seeks to encourage cross-cultural co-operation, working with local organisations to promote South to South and South to North networking initiatives, inform policy-makers and facilitate fast and appropriate responses to human rights violations at national and regional levels.
AfA enjoys observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACommHPR). We also work closely with the Commonwealth Secretariat, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU) plus provide technical support to the West African Human Rights Forum (WAHRF) and West Africa Civil Society Forum (WACSOF).
We are also members of the British Overseas NGOs for Development (BOND) network and the Women in Development Europe (WIDE) Network, UK Platform and previously members of the UK Network on Conflict, Development and Peace (CODEP), and co-governors of its Gender and Conflict working group.
Some of our NGO partners include:
- African Foundation for Development (UK);
- Akina Mama wa Afrika (Uganda/UK);
- Amnesty International, International Secretariat (UK);
- Associates for Change (Uganda);
- Centre for Conflict Resolution (Uganda);
- Centre for Public Law and Policy (Kenya);
- Federation of African Women's Peace Networks (FERFAP, Rwanda);
- GETNET Training (South Africa);
- Human Rights Law Service (HURI-Laws, Nigeria);
- International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights (INTERIGHTS, UK);
- International Women's Tribune Centre (US);
- Justice and Peace Commission (Liberia);
- Kano Conflict Resolution Group (Nigeria);
- Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture (UK);
- Recontre Africaine pour la Defense des Droits de l'Homme (RADDHO, Senegal);
- The Institute for Human Rights and Development (The Gambia);
- The Sierra Leone Bar Association;
- Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF, Zimbabwe);
4. Training and Capacity-building
Through its training and capacity-building programmes, AfA provides long-term strategic and institutional support to locally-rooted, sustainable human rights, peace and development initiatives.
Public seminars and workshops are designed to foster communication and develop skills on issues such as:
- Ethics in NGO management;
- Creating diversity of decision-making;
- Project design, fund-raising and evaluation;
- Initiating self-development;
- Documenting human rights abuses;
- Strategic planning;
- Informed gender analysis, planning, mainstreaming and training.
5. Community development (UK based programme activities)
This solely UK based programme area, fosters the involvement of communities in the realisation of individual and collective potential as residents of the UK and members of the European Union.
- To contribute towards and provide a gendered analysis of women's participation as members of civil society in human rights, peace and development initiatives
- To enhance or develop the long-term relationships required to sustain the development of human rights awareness
To foster replicability of valid human rights, peace and sustainable development initiatives
- To promote the advancement of a culture of peace through the development and implementation of initiatives that empower and involve individuals and communities
- To facilitate networking, co-operation and co-ordination among individuals and grassroots NGOs in Africa
- To facilitate collaboration with inter-governmental and international NGOs working in Africa or running programmes relevant to Africa
- To advocate at the international level and make available mechanisms or opportunities through which our African partners can influence international policy-making
- To provide long-term strategic programme and institutional support through training and capacity-building initiatives that empowers local, national and regional NGOs in Africa.
P O Box 60024,
Alagbon Close Post Office,
+234 1 7615407
16 Alhaji Bashorun Street, Off Norman Williams Street, Off Keffi Street, South-West Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
Alliances for Africa