AN INNOVATIVE NEW APPROACH TO DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA
Welcome to African Development Choices (ADC), a major funding and development initiative to improve the well-being of children and communities in Africa. Founded by Kenyan-born Londoner, Moses Tai, we aim to empower local leaders and communities in Africa to make better development choices in the management of public funds and resources.
Why the new initiative?
“Moses founded African Development Choices with the aim of transforming development choices in Africa.”
As a child growing up in Kenya, Moses wondered why he did not have access to a playground. As he got older, he began to wonder why there was so much poverty around him. Then as an adult, it occurred to him that the root cause of poverty in Africa is three-fold:
- Leaders make poor development choices and mismanage public funds and resources, hence failing to improve the well-being of their communities.
- Communities have low expectations of what can be achieved if public funds and resources are better managed, due to lack of precedence.
- As a result of the above, communities lack capacity to challenge the poor development choices local leaders make.
So, Moses founded African Development Choices with the aim of transforming development choices in Africa using our innovative Three-Step Approach to development.
What is the Three-Step Approach?
“Our Three-Step Approach focuses on building the capacity of communities to manage local resources and meet local needs independently.”
Unfortunately, mismanagement of public funds and resources by leaders is the entrenched precedent in Africa, which has diminished local communities’ expectations for better management of public funds and resources. With such diminished expectations, it is almost impossible to build the capacity of communities to hold leaders accountable via citizen participation.
People in Africa don’t believe their well-being can improve because lived experiences shape peoples’ beliefs, and beliefs shape their expectations, and expectations shape their realities.
Setting new precedence will give people new lived experiences, beliefs, expectations, and realities.
Our innovative Three-Step Approach to development provides the solution:
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 making 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.
Our Three-Step Approach focuses on building the capacity of communities to manage local resources and meet local needs independently. Establishment of self-supporting social and economic systems are key elements of a sustainable society.
The big launch
“We are confident that we can set precedence with our approach and show people around the world what effective development in Africa looks like.”
It’s no accident that Moses chose to launch African Development Choices and its website www.itsthechoices.org on Giving Tuesday (2018) — a day that unites communities and nations across the world to celebrate and support giving and philanthropy.
A great deal of work has happened behind the scenes to reach this point and we are excited to now be in the public domain. Our website aims to:
- Raise awareness of African Development Choices
- Raise awareness of the development challenges in Africa
- Raise awareness of our innovative approach to addressing these challenges
- Share information about our current, upcoming, and completed projects
- Attract funding and supporters
We raise funds for our projects in various ways including:
- Seeking donations from individuals and organisations
- Applying for grants
- Setting up crowdfunding campaigns
We are confident that we can set precedence with our approach and show people around the world what effective development in Africa looks like. We are authentic and transparent in our efforts, with a drive to deliver life-changing results that will attract funders.
Be a part of the change
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Click here to visit our crowdfunding page and donate to our latest school and community project by making a single or monthly donation.
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