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Organisations Working in Africa

Updated Tuesday 8th August 2006

There are numerous bodies involved in projects for Africa, here is just a selection

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There are a wide variety of organisations working in Africa, some Governmental, others are Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). The producers of the African School series worked with one such organisation, Link Community Development, to find the two schools (Kamurasi Demonstration School and Masindi Secondary School) that took centre stage in the programmes.

Link Community Development - Link Community Development is a group of four partner organisations working in UK, South Africa, Ghana and Uganda. They work to improve education by running development projects for schools and teachers, in partnership with local government departments and other non-government organisations. Their website provides information about their various projects, including their work with 186 primary schools in the Masindi District of Uganda, where the African School series was filmed.

Farmers' Overseas Action Group - The Farmer's Overseas Action Group (FOAG) is a UK charity that supports projects in Uganda which seek to improve the quality of life in local communities. FOAG's projects include a scholarship scheme which helps bright children to pay their school fees and stay in education. They are also working with the Special Needs Boarding House Project at the Kamurasi Demonstration School, the primary school featured in the series African School.

Amongst the many other organisations working in Africa, here's a selection:

ActionAid - ActionAid is a unique partnership of people who are fighting for a better world - a world without poverty. As one of the UK's largest development agencies, they work in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, listening to, learning from and working in partnership with over nine million of the world's poorest people.

DEEP - A collaborative project between the Open University and the University of Forte Hare in the Eastern Cape South Africa and Egypt. It explores ways in which information and communication technology (CIT) can improve teaching and learning in developing countries.

DFID - The UK's Department for International Development. Their site includes case studies looking at how their projects are impacting the developing world.

Oxfam - Oxfam International is a confederation of 12 organizations working together in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice.
With many of the causes of poverty global in nature, members of Oxfam International believe they can achieve greater impact in addressing issues of poverty by their collective efforts.

Save the Children Fund - Working worldwide, Save The Children aim to make immediate improvements in the lives of children everywhere.

UK Department for International Development - The Department for International Development (DFID) was established in 1997, as the successor to the Overseas Development Administration, previously part of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office . DFID's overall aim is to reduce global poverty and promote sustainable development, in particular through achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

UN Aids - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS, is the main advocate for global action on the epidemic. It leads, strengthens and supports an expanded response aimed at preventing transmission of HIV, providing care and support, reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV/AIDS, and alleviating the impact of the epidemic.

UNDP - From politics to security to public health, from crime to the environment, a growing agenda of development issues can no longer be managed within the boundaries of any single nation. Global, regional and national coalitions for action are emerging centred around the United Nations' indispensable role.

UN Education - Information on education in Uganda, including an interview with Uganda's Education Minister.

UNICEF - UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. They have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. They are unique among world organisations, and unique among those working with the young.

Village AiD - Village Aid works in Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Cameroon, supporting the efforts of some of the poorest and most marginalised people and their local organisations to improve their life through their own efforts.

VSO - VSO is an international development charity that works through volunteers. Their vision is a world without poverty in which people work together to fulfil their potential.

War Child - War Child is a network of independent organisations working across the world to help children affected by war. The War Child organisation stands on the twin beliefs: that we’re not free to ignore an innocent victim’s plea for help and that children are the seed-corn of society, its future hope.

The World Bank - The World Bank Group’s mission is to fight poverty and improve the living standards of people in the developing world. It is a development bank which provides loans, policy advice, technical assistance and knowledge sharing services to low and middle income countries to reduce poverty.

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