Breaking new ground. While a big reason for Africa Foundation’s success to date has been in our slow-and-steady approach to community interventions – working with communities, not for them, empowering them to effect the change they have identified as needed in their own situations – to-date much of the work we have facilitated has primarily focused on improving health and education infrastructure and it is now time to break new ground.
Sustainability has always been at the heart of what we do and in this regard, we are looking forward to identifying the bigger issues that threaten the long-term vitality of the communities in which we work. Climate change is looming as the primary antagonist in every conservation landscape’s story and so we are actively pursuing programmes that will see our communities prepared for what lies ahead. Interventions like localised climate-wise agriculture, small scale water harvesting and alternative energy is what we are talking about.
Then, of course, there are the virtually untapped economic benefits of the carbon economy which remain to be explored and harnessed for the advancement of rural communities.