THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT CHOICES STORY
While growing up in Kenya, Mr Moses Tai wondered why there was so much poverty around him; a siruation 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 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 children and communities in Africa by championing increased access to essential public services.
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 communities living in poverty.
This vision is inspired by the words of Mr Moses Tai, founder of African Development Choices, 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 battle against poverty is personal to me.”
To empower 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, 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 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 an 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