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      25 key moments in the history of AFFORD

      2019

      AFFORD awarded an honorary TAD Community Engagement Award

       

      AFFORD Europe established in Brussels

       

      Diaspora Experience crowdfunding & volunteering platform launched

      2018

      AFFORD held First Diaspora Investment & Policy Forum in Rwanda on affordable housing

       

      AFFORD hosts Minister for Africa Harriet Baldwin, MP

      2017

      Began work on RemitPlus Diaspora Bond of $10M towards Rwanda to finance affordable housing units in Rwanda

      2016

      AFFORD won DFID contract to deliver Diaspora Finance programme, launching the AFFORD Business Club (ABC)

      2015

      DEMAC (Diaspora Emergency Action and Coordination Project) launched partnership with the Berghof Foundation & the Danish Refugee Council

       

      AFFORD becomes grant maker as Noel Buxton Trust approves a small grants fund

      2014

      The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Diaspora, Development and Migration (APPG-DDM) created with AFFORD acting as the Secretariat

       

      AFFORD spearheaded consolidation of the €3.56 million Africa-Europe Development Platform – ADEPT, with its headquarters in Brussels

      2013

      AFFORD Chair, Gibril Faal OBE addresses UN General Assembly at the High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development on the importance of diasporas and migrants at the post-2015 MDG framework

      2012

      Africa Gives launched to enable young diaspora to give time, skills and money to Africa

      2008

      AFFORD Sierra Leone is established with local board and staff, providing approx $500,000 to SMEs as part of a business planning Business Bomba competition

       

      AFFORD hosts SCORE4Africa Awards to celebrate the contributions of diaspora footballers to African development

      2006

      AFFORD pilots SEEDA with VSO for 150 diaspora volunteers to support 800 businesses in Sierra Leone and Ghana

      2005

      AFFORD launches it’s jobs focused direct development work in Africa at AD3. Keynote speaker – Kenyan Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai

      2003

      First AD3 conference on ‘Shaping Africa’s Future: Do Young Africans in the diaspora share the dreams of NEPAD/AU?’

       

      AFFORD hosted DFID minister Sally Keeble ahead of establishing connections for development/ADVAD

      2001

      AFFORD receives first funds from Comic Relief for ‘Hello Africa’ project

      2000

      AFFORD pilots first development conference – Target Africa 2015 to be rebranded African Diaspra and Development Day (AD3) in 2003

      1999

      Advocacy from AFFORD leads Comic Relief to start funding diaspora organisations

      1998

      A £5000 grant from the City Parochial Funds leads to the publication of the groundbreaking ‘Survey of African Organisations in London’

      1997

      AFFORD and others advocacy led to the sentence “We will seek to build on the skills and talents of migrants,… ethnic minorities…. to promote the development of their countries of origin” in the White Paper that set up DFID: ‘Eliminating World Poverty: A Challenge for the 21st Century’

      1994

      AFFORD is founded by Chukwu Emeka Chikezie and Nicholas Atampugre with the aim of expanding African diaspora contributions to African development

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