THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT CHOICES STORY
Mr Moses Tai, founder of African Development Choices (ADC), grew up in Kenya wondering why there was so much poverty around him; a situation exacerbated by 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 mismanage local resources and fail to provide access to essential public services, thus exacerbating poverty.
2. Communities have low expectations of what can be achieved if local resources are better managed, due to lack of precedence.
3. As a result of the above, communities lack capacity to demand accountability in the provision of essential public services by their leaders.
So, Mr Tai founded African Development Choices to carry out his mission of empowering local communities and leaders in Africa to manage local resources and meet local needs independently. We do this using our innovative Three-Step Approach to development.
To improve the well-being of communities living in poverty in Africa, especially children, by championing increased access to essential public services such as clean water, adequate sanitation, and child-friendly facilities like playgrounds.
We believe that the opposite of poverty is not income; the opposite of poverty is dignity. And providing access to essential public services safeguards the dignity of children and communities living in poverty.
To empower local communities and leaders in Africa to manage local resources and meet local needs independently. We achieve this using our innovative Three-Step Approach to development:
Step 1: Set precedence to better management of local resources
We achieve this by fundraising and initiating school and community projects that deliver essential services such as clean water, adequate sanitation, 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 local resources
We achieve this by informing communities the true cost of delivering our projects; and making comparisons between the cost and impacts of our projects on the well-being of the community with the cost and impacts of projects initiated by local leaders using public resources.
Step 3: Promote citizen participation and empowerment
We achieve this by informing communities how they can play an active role in the decisions made about spending of local resources on public services. This will empower communities to demand accountability in the provision of essential public services to meet local needs.
Our philosophy is the inspiration behind our approach.
- People’s lived experiences shape their beliefs
- Their beliefs shape their expectations
- And their expectations shape their realities
Setting new precedence gives people new lived experiences, which leads to new beliefs, new expectations, and new realities.
Our values form the ethical foundation for our work. Below are five of our values:
We are completely open about how the funds we raise for projects have been used.
We ensure that all the funds we raise for projects are used on the actual projects.
We safeguard and promote communities’ sense of self-worth and self-respect.
We help communities manage local resources and meet local needs independently.
We use environmentally friendly products, solar power, and recycle and reuse waste.
Our objectives align our work with our vision. Below are five of our objectives:
- Improve spending decisions on local public services
- Improve management of local resources
- Increase access to essential public services
- Improve quality of life for communities living in poverty
- Eradicate extreme poverty in Africa