Our story began with our founder, Mr Moses Tai, as a child growing up in Kenya wondering why there was so much poverty around him and why he did not have access to a playground like other children.
As Mr Tai got older and became more politically aware, he realised that the answer is two-fold:
1. Leaders mismanage resources and fail to provide access to essential public services, thus exacerbating poverty.
2. Communities have low expectations of what can be achieved if resources are better managed, due to lack of precedence.
As a result of the above, communities lack capacity to participate in better management of resources. So, he founded African Development Choices to carry out his mission of empowering communities and leaders in Africa to better manage resources and meet local needs independently.
To improve the wellbeing of communities in Africa, especially children.
To develop the capacity of communities in Africa to participate in better management of resources. We achieve this using our innovative three-step approach:
Step 1: Set precedence to better management of 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 efficient, accountable and transparent with the use of resources. We work in consultation with communities to identify their local priorities.
Step 2: Raise expectations for better management of resources
We achieve this by informing communities of the comparisons between the spending and outcomes of our projects in step 1 and the spending and outcomes of other projects initiated using public resources. These comparisons demonstrate how tying spending to outcomes can speed up the process of achieving value for money from public spending.
Step 3: Promote participation in better management of resources
We achieve this by informing communities how they can play an active and informed role in the decisions made about spending of resources on local services. Information from steps 1 and 2 lays the foundation for ensuring that the quality of participation is sufficient toimprove the management of resources.
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
We are completely open about how the funds we raise for projects have been used.
We ensure that 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 resources and meet local needs independently.
We use environmentally friendly products, solar power, and recycle and reuse waste.
End poverty in all its forms in Africa and everywhere in the world