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      25 key moments in the history of AFFORD


      AFFORD awarded an honorary TAD Community Engagement Award


      AFFORD Europe established in Brussels


      Diaspora Experience crowdfunding & volunteering platform launched


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


      AFFORD hosts Minister for Africa Harriet Baldwin, MP


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


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


      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


      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


      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


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


      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


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


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


      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


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


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


      Advocacy from AFFORD leads Comic Relief to start funding diaspora organisations


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


      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’


      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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