“African Development Trust believe that Africa remains an important continent on the world stage and the continued development of it, and its citizens is vital to the successful future of all nations. We therefore advocate this development and good governance and are actively involved in a genuine and holistic approach to solving the problems facing the continent. This being more so important in this era of globalisation.”
African Development Trust (ADT) is a British organisation founded in 2004 by a few development-oriented individuals of African background and dedicated for African development. ADT is legally registered at British Charity commission with registration number:1122911 and company registration number: 05841438
ADT is non-political, non-religious, non-racial, and non-profit-making UK charity organisation devoted to make a positive lasting change in the life and livelihood status of the African communities in Africa and UK.
- Strive hard towards world of empowered communities;
- Work to address human suffering and crises with hope;
- Pay respect for dignity and concern for equity.
- To improve the lives of needy people by mobilizing the power of humanity.
- To provide comfort to the poor needy sick children and widows and those suffering;
- To relieve the need hardship and distress of persons whose relatives or friends died or are missing or detained;
- To provide protection and promote good health, both mental and physical;
- To promote the advancement of education.
Based on the lessons learnt through 6 year’s experience of interventions in the marginalised and poor Africa, ADT will be focusing on three strategic areas of African development in its future directions: education development (promoting access to education through constructing of primary schools along with sponsorship of poor students), economic diversification (promoting investments, microfinance and microenterprises development), and infrastructure development (promoting development of access, communication and service facilities i.e. water, education, health and sanitation and environment) in African countries.
ADT has reliably built its capacity in designing and implementing as well as managing need-based programs responding to the felt needs of Africans. Moreover, it has established smooth relations with communities, government and partners, and obtained strong supports and encouragements from all partners including both national and regional governments enabling the organisation to respond timely and appropriately to the needs of the communities.
Being small young organisation ADT has permanent staff in and outside UK totaling 17 (12 overseas and 5 in UK). In addition ADT has 115 volunteers. Out of the total staff female staffs account 55% in general. There is a fair distribution and wise use of human resources that technical areas of programs take more than 60% of the qualified staffs whereas the support staff positions such as managerial, finance and admin areas altogether comprise less than 40% of employees of the organisation. Likewise, only about 41% of its permanent employees are working at the Head Office in UK while the other nearly 59% are working in its overseas project areas.
ADT is small organisation, its annual budget accounts for about £450,000. In terms of utilisation, there is a favourable ratio between programs and overhead costs. ADT’s policy is 3% only from each project for administration costs. Moreover, the allocation of funds follows the felt needs of the community, where for instance, the education and health sectors, and emergency response consumes a relatively higher portion of the annual program budget as it is the priority need for communities in Africa.
ADT is working in partnership with local communities, local and international NGOs, governments and donor communities. As a new organisation our main funding comes from individual donors and members as well as organising fundraising activities. Some of ADT’s major partners which had vital contribution for the success of its interventions are El-Rahma Charity, Qatar Charity and Muslim Aid. ADT works and would like to combine works with Charity organisations holding similar goals.
- To promote rehabilitation and development interventions in poor and marginalised African areas;
- To conduct action-oriented researches on socio-economic & anthropological aspects of African communities and continually endeavour to discover African problems and their effects and impacts on the life and livelihoods of African communities
- To build capacity of local authorities and community in African countries.
- To advocate and work hard to influence policy makers in Africa to ensure that policies are favouring the betterment of African communities.
- To protect environment and ensure that all interventions and programs are environmentally sound and proper mitigation measures are in place.
ADT is now 6 years old (2004-2010); African Development was its concern and will remain so in the future.
African Development Trust:
Believes that Africa can be developed in viable and sustainable way. It has enough natural and human resources what it lacks is good governance and genuine support from the first world and international community.
Promotes sustainable development programs (as a basic for mitigating natural and manmade disasters) and emergency operations in remote and inaccessible areas in Africa;
Builds capacity of the local authorities, line office and communities to ensure sustainable and strong and partnership in elopement in Africa.
Enhances better utilisation of indigenous knowledge and skills through empowering and supporting local communities to solve their problems by themselves and filling the gaps in basic health, education, income generation, etc.
Commits to mutual and effective partnership building among African development stakeholders.
Focuses on participatory development interventions to improve and enhance the life of Africans in Africa.
Because of its youngness and limited resources ADT is currently working only in Somalia though it has intervened in Sierra Leone in an emergency response in 2009. It has established a functional office with full facilities and 12 staffs in Mogadishu despite the war and instability. ADT has managed to work in southern Somalia which is one of the most dangerous locations in the world. ADT has constructed a standard primary and secondary school in Dharkenley district of Mogadishu, sponsors and supports more than 50 poor students in southern Somalia. In addition ADT has constructed one hospital, organises 4 medical mobile teams to provide medical services to 4 regions in Somalia every year. More than 3000 people in southern Somalia have been treated by the mobile health teams.
For improving water accessibility and income generation, it constructed more than 50 hand dug wells equipped with hand pumps, supported internal displaced people (IDP) in southern Somalia with food and shelter, supports and sponsors 280 orphans, restocked 150 of resource poor HHs and supported 180 small farmers with rehabilitation of land and watering canals.
Moreover, ADT has proved not only its capacity to implement quality programs in one of the most dangerous and marginalised areas, but also successful partnership with donors and government bodies and more importantly succeeding the trust of the communities and diasporas of African background.
ADT is member of British Charity Commission that registers and regulates charities in England and Wales, BOND, a UK membership body for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in international development and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).