Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Aid for Africa, Inc.

aka Aid for Africa

Chevy Chase, MD


Aid for Africa empowers poor African children, women and families to escape poverty through community-based self-help programs that improve health, expand education--particularly for girls and orphans--create businesses and protect wildlife.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Barbara Alison Rose

Main Address

6909 Ridgewood Avenue

Chevy Chase, MD 20815 USA


Africa, African Charities, Girls Education, Microfinance, Wildlife Protection, Orphans, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Congo, Elephant, Mountain Gorilla, Ghana, Children





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Economic Development (S30)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Aid for Africa is dedicated to bringing a comprehensive approach to grassroots development. With our partners we are dedicated to tackling complex, interrelated development problems by using a holistic approach.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Support critical partnerships in Africa on education, health, wildlife, small businesses and more.

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Aid for Africa works to empower poor African children, women and families to escape poverty by supporting community-based self-help programs that improve health, expand education, create businesses, improve the environment, protect wildlife and more.

Aid for Africa achieves poverty reduction in Africa by supporting fully vetted, innovative, grassroots organizations providing health care, education, small-business development, clean water, agriculture, transportation, tree planting for land restoration, wildlife conservation and more. Aid for Africa's approach is to bring together these organizations and their African partners to help resolve the inter-related challenges facing Africa. Our members realize that, as effective as they each are on their own, they can be even more powerful when they approach Africa's issues as a group. To help make this happen, we

• support development efforts that are community-driven and bottom up in order to leverage change,

• enable collaboration among our organizations by serving as a forum for discussion, a clearinghouse for shared results, and a greenhouse for nurturing and planning future projects,

• develop partnerships to pursue development projects on the ground in Sub Saharan Africa,

• facilitate participation in funding opportunities through workplace, online and other funding programs, and

• support public awareness and educational campaigns on African issues.

Aid for Africa is the first organization to bring together independent nonprofits specifically focused on Sub Saharan Africa. As an alliance of more than 80 grassroots organizations working on the ground throughout the continent, Aid for Africa has incredible capabilities to make a difference in the lives of women, children and families. Because the approach of our members to development is bottom-up rather than top-down, the needs of African beneficiaries and the approaches that are most likely to be successful are tracked throughout the development process. As a result they are more likely to be effective and sustainable solutions.

Aid for Africa believes that development should be evidence driven. Therefore the alliance works with research organizations such as Columbia University, Tufts University, and international research organizations to expand knowledge and development research. As part of this commitment, Aid for Africa established the Aid for Africa Endowment for Food and Sustainable Agriculture at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition to enable graduate students conduct research between academic years in Sub Saharan Africa.

The members of Aid for Africa's board of directors have broad expertise in finance, development, outreach and Africa. The organization's team supporting its financial, management, outreach and administrative tasks are highly skilled and committed to the highest professional standards as well as to the efforts in Africa that the organization supports.

Each year Aid for Africa reviews the accomplishments of the organizations it supports during the previous year. Focus is on location, activity, result, number of beneficiaries. It reviews where activities were undertaken, how many individuals were engaged, and the number of beneficiaries of their work. It also makes public a list of the major accomplishments achieved during the previous.

Aid for Africa engages members through annual meetings and other activities where research results are shared, partnerships are formed and outreach efforts discussed.

Aid for Africa's Board of Directors meets a minimum of twice a year and communicates with Aid for Africa staff on an ongoing basis. The organization monitors its outreach efforts, including website, educational blogs and social media posts, in an effort to increase its reach and monitor success.

Aid for Africa has increased support to African development during the last 12 years by almost $10 million while spotlighting African issues and the communities and development partners working to address them. Aid for Africa has worked to leverage results through effective and targeted support. Examples of success include replication by governments of grassroots solutions and the establishment of partnerships that address development issues effectively and economically.

Organizations supported by Aid for Africa have seen their grassroots approaches to problems taken up by African governments. For example, mothers2mothers, a nonprofit based in South Africa, works to reduce the spread of HIV to unborn children. The approach of incorporating Mentor Mothers, who work directly with pregnant mothers, into the healthcare team as fully paid partners is now being incorporated in the Kenyan Government's national health plan. Arlington Academy of Hope, based in rural Uganda, saw a need for health care for its students and, ultimately, their families as well as a need for business development among the women of the community. Aid for Africa members Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children and Women's Microfinance Initiative, provided guidance and support for each of these activities, respectively. The result has been better learning for healthier students, small-business development for hundreds of women and a healthier, thriving community.

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?