“African Development Trust believe that Africa remains an important continent on the world stage and the continued development of it, and its citizens are 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.”

Future Directions

Based on the lessons learnt through 10 year’s experience of interventions in the marginalised and poor Africa, ADT is 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.

Implementation Capacity

The ADT capacity is based more than 10 years experience built in designing and implementing as well as managing need-based programs responding to the felt needs of local communities. Moreover, it has established smooth relations with communities, governments and has obtained strong support 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.

Donors/Partners

ADT is working in partnership with local communities, local and international Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), governments and donor communities. As a charitable 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 Orphans In Need (OIN), Penny Appeal International, Islamic Aid UK, AMWT, BTIT etc. ADT works with many charitable partners and would like to continue helping the needy of Africa by working with any other charities holding similar goals to ours..

Financial Resource

ADT is a small organisation, with annual budget of less than £450,000. In terms of utilisation, there is a favourable ratio between programmes and overhead costs. ADT’s policy is every £1 donated is to spend it fully on our work for the poor. Thanks to our unpaid volunteers, very efficient and low cost administration and fundraising and the income we generate our charitable investment – 100% of every single penny received goes directly to the cause. And because we only fund life changing projects that really help change the lives of the poor, you can be sure that all of the support you give us will make a real difference..

Human Resource

ADT has permanent staff in and outside of UK totalling 12 (7 overseas and 5 in UK). In addition, ADT has many volunteers supporting its charitable work. Out of the total staff female staff accounts 55% in general. There is a fair distribution and wise use of human resources that technical areas of programmes take more than 60% of the qualified staff, whereas the support staff positions such as managerial, finance and administration 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 others, nearly 59% are working in its overseas project areas.

Objectives

  • To promote the benefit of those living in the area of benefit by the relief of poverty and sickness and to promote and protect good health;
  • To advance education; and
  • To build capacity of local authorities and community in African countries.
  • The provision of recreational facilities in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving their conditions of life in particular, but not exclusively amongst those who are refugees or who are have been affected by civil or military action or natural disaster as the trustees shall determine.
  • To protect environment and ensure that all interventions and programs are environmentally sound and proper mitigation measures are in place.

Motives

ADT is now 13 years old (2004-2017); 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.

Major Achievements

Because of its limited resources ADT is currently working permanently in Somalia and on project basis in Djibouti, Kenya, Eritrea and Sierra Leone. In addition, it has established a functional office with full facilities and 7 staff in Mogadishu despite the war and instability. ADT has managed to work in Somalia which is one of the most dangerous locations in the world. ADT has also constructed a standard primary and secondary school in Dharkenley district of Mogadishu. It sponsors and supports poor students to go to schools in Somalia. It has provided 34 functional computers to Imam Alnawawi School in Puntland. Moreover, ADT has constructed an MCH and organises mobile clinics to provide free medical services every year. More than 1200 people in Puntland, Somalia have benefited from mobile clinics last year. To improve water accessibility and income generation, ADT has constructed more than 45 hand dug wells equipped with hand pumps. It has also supported internal displaced people, (IDP) in Somalia with food and shelter. It also sponsored and supports 372 orphans in Somalia. ADT also 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 programmes in one of the most dangerous and marginalised areas, but it has also built successful partnerships with donors and government bodies. This success has in turn created trust between us and the needy communities in Africa and that of our donors from the African Diaspora.

Networking

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).