THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT CHOICES STORY
While growing up in Kenya, Mr Moses Tai wondered why there was so much poverty around him; the lack of access to basic services such as clean water, adequate sanitation, and child-friendly facilities like playgrounds.
The answer is three-fold:
1. Leaders make poor development choices and mismanage public funds and resources, hence failing to improve the well-being of their communities.
2. Communities have low expectations of what can be achieved if public funds and resources are better managed, due to lack of precedence.
3. As a result of the above, communities lack capacity to challenge the poor development choices their leaders make.
So, Mr Tai came up with the innovative Three-Step Approach to transforming development choices in Africa and founded African Development Choices to carry out his vision and mission. (See our vision and mission below)
To improve the well-being of children and communities in Africa.
This vision is inspired by the words of Mr Moses Tai, who said…
“I grew up in Kenya witnessing the dehumanising impacts of poverty all around me. With its hounding realities ever-so-present in my life, the fight against poverty is personal to me.”
To empower local leaders and communities in Africa to make better development choices in the management of public funds and resources. We achieve this using our innovative Three-Step Approach to development:
Step 1: Set precedence to better management of public funds
We achieve this by fundraising and initiating school and community projects that deliver essential services such as clean water, new toilets, and child-friendly facilities like playgrounds; while being accountable and transparent about the use of funds and resources.
Step 2: Raise expectations for better management of public funds
We achieve this by informing communities the true cost of delivering our projects; and encouraging comparisons between the cost and quality standards of our projects to the cost and quality standards of similar projects initiated by local leaders using public funds and resources.
Step 3: Promote citizen empowerment and participation
We achieve this by building the capacity of communities to play an active and informed role in the choices made about spending on local public goods and services. This will empower communities to challenge the poor development choices their leaders make.
People in Africa don’t believe their well-being can improve because:
- People’s lived experiences shape their beliefs
- Their beliefs shape their expectations
- And their expectations shape their realities
Setting new precedence will give people new lived experiences, beliefs, expectations, and realities.
Our values form an ethical foundation for our work. Below are our five stated values:
We are completely open about how funds we raise for projects have been used.
We ensure that all the funds we raise for projects are actually used on the projects.
We help communities depend less on aid by making better development choices.
We get the best possible value to achieve our minimum set of quality standards.
We use environmentally friendly products, solar power, and recycle and reuse waste.
Our objectives align our work and actions with our organisation vision and mission. Below are our five objectives:
- Empower communities to fully participate in the decisions (choices) made about spending on local public goods and services
- Improve spending decisions (choices) on local public goods and services
- Improve quality of life through access to public goods and services
- Improve management of public funds and resources
- Eradicate poverty in Africa