Links to some of the best organisations involved in African development and the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals.
Africa Action http://www.africaaction.org/index.php
Africa Action is a US-based NGO that works for political, economic and social justice in Africa. The website provides accessible information and analysis about development issues continent-wide, combined with regional and country-specific links. The Advocacy Network for Africa (ADNA) electronic directory, has 237 US-based member organisations listed, a useful starting point for finding partner organisations working for the region (http://www.africaaction.org/adna/adnalist.php).
Africa Recruit http://www.africarecruit.com
Africa Recruit contributes to the development efforts of Africa through the mobilisation of the stakeholders and the Diaspora - with its focus on capacity building through human resources using its various networks within and outside Africa
African Development Bank http://www.afdb.org
The African Development Bank is the premier financial development institution of Africa, dedicated to combating poverty and improving the lives of people of the continent and engaged in the task of mobilizing resources towards the economic and social progress of its Regional Member Countries.The Bank’s s mission is to promote economic and social development through loans, equity investments, and technical assistance.
African Union http://www.africa-union.org
The AU is Africa's premier institution and principal organization for the promotion of accelerated socio-economic integration of the continent, which will lead to greater unity and solidarity between African countries and peoples. It is based on the common vision of a united and strong Africa and on the need to build a partnership between governments and all segments of civil society, in particular women, youth and the private sector, in order to strengthen solidarity and cohesion amongst the peoples of Africa.
AFFORD ( Africa Foundation For Development) seeks to create partnerships between UK-based international NGOs, UK-based African NGOs and their African counterparts. The website also includes a number of newsletters, research papers and other resources to download. Over the next 3 years AFFORD will concentrate on supporting the African diaspora in the UK to contribute to wealth and job creation in Africa.
The Aga Khan Development Network http://www.akdn.org
The site includes pages on the various development agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network, including the Trust for Culture, the Fund for Economic Development, and the University of Central Asia, all of which are active in the NIS and Africa, as well as the Aga Khan Foundation, which concentrates on selected issues in health, education, rural development and the enhancement of NGOs.
The British Council http://www.britishcouncil.org
The British Council works in partnership with foreign governments and civil society to advance debate, knowledge and skills in the areas of leadership, governance, human rights and social inclusion. The site includes links to its offices around the world and provides details of projects supported in various regions of the world.
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/home
CIDA works through partnerships, which transfer knowledge, skills and technology between Canadian organizations and those in the recipient country, to provide people with new skills, build and adapt key institutions. It also provides humanitarian assistance.
Department for International Development (DFID) http://www.dfid.gov.uk
DFID is the British government department responsible for promoting development and the reduction of poverty.
Development Marketplace http://www.developmentmarketplace.org
The Development Marketplace promotes innovative development ideas through early stage seed funding. It aims to link social entrepreneurs with poverty fighting ideas to partners with resources to help implement their vision.
The ECOWAS Commission http://www.ecowas.int
The website of the Economic Community Of West Africa Countries with responsibility for improving the living conditions of its citizenry, ensuring economic growth and creating an environment conducive to development and integration.
FEMNET The African Women's Development and Communication Network http://www.femnet.or.ke
FEMNET was set up to share information, experiences, ideas and strategies among African women's NGOs through communications, networking, training and advocacy so as to advance women's development, equality and other women's human rights in Africa.
INGO Third Sector Resource http://www.ingo.org.uk
INGO strives to broaden the participation of African NGOs to help Africa attain the millennium development goal, through its networks, partnerships and collaborative approach.
The New Partnership For Africa’s Development is an economic development programme of the African Union for the regeneration of Africa. NEPAD’s four primary objectives are to eradicate poverty, promote sustainable growth and development, integrate Africa in the world economy, and accelerate the empowerment of women.
ReConnect Africa http://www.reconnectafrica.com
ReConnect Africa is a unique online publication, network and portal with essential information about careers, enterprise and jobs for African professionals around the world.
Trust Africa http://www.trustafrica.org
TrustAfrica is an African foundation that promotes peace, economic prosperity, and social justice throughout the continent through promoting institutional collaboration in Africa. It hosts agenda setting workshops, makes grants and provides technical assistance so that African institutions can work together to develop appropriate and lasting solutions to the continent's most pressing challenges. Through agenda-setting workshops, collaborative grants, and technical assistance, we encourage African institutions to work together for a safe, free, and prosperous future.
United Nations Development Bureau http://www.undp.org
The site includes information on UNDP programmes, links to the local offices in each country, plus many other resources including National Human Development Reports and other publications.
United Nations Office For International Partnerships http://www.un.org/unfip
UNFIP provides a "one-stop" service for partnership opportunities with the UN family.
The World Bank http://www.worldbank.org
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The website provides details of the various programmes offered and news about opportunities for organsations to work with the Bank.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) http://www.usaid.gov
USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. The agency works in six principal areas crucial to achieving both sustainable development and advancing U.S. foreign policy objectives: 1. Economic growth and agricultural development; 2. Population, health and nutrition; 3. Environment; 4. Democracy and governance; 5. Education and training; 6. Humanitarian assistance.