The African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD) is a civil society organisation established in 1996 as a regional platform and organisation for lobbying and advocating for debt cancellation and addressing other debt related issues in Africa.
AFRODAD was born of a desire to secure lasting solutions to Africa's mounting debt problem which has impacted negatively on the continent's development process.
AFRODAD believes that the debt crisis, apart from being a political, economic and structural issue, has an intrinsic link to human rights. This forms the guiding philosophy for its work on Debt and the need to have African external debts cancelled for poverty eradication and attainment of social and economic justice. Furthermore, the principle of equity must of necessity apply and in this regard, responsibility of creditors and debtors in the debt crisis should be acknowledged and assumed by the parties.
AFRODAD aspires for an African and global society that is just (equal access to and fair distribution of resources), respects human rights and promotes popular participation as a fundamental right of citizens (Arusha Declaration of 1980). In this light, African society should have the space in the global development arena to generate its own solutions, uphold good values that ensure that its development process is owned and driven by its people and not dominated by markets/profits and international financial institutions.
Goals and objectives
To identify root causes, structure and effects, and find sustainable and lasting solutions to the African debt and Aid problems
To secure alternative development models to the international financial systems
To influence African governments and their creditors for appropriate use and management of resources
To support the creation and strengthening of people-based coalitions in African countries to deal with Debt, Aid and other related development issues
To facilitate policy dialogue among Civil Society, African governments and their development partners and International Financial Institutions on Debt, Aid and development-related issues
To secure Debt cancellation and Aid effectiveness so as to release financial resources for sustainable development in Africa
To collect and disseminate information on issues related to Aid and Debt for advocacy groups in Africa and elsewhere.
How we work
Research and Evidence Based Advocacy: Through acquiring knowledge, AFRODAD influences policies and strategies of governments and intergovernmental institutions, donors and development partners. AFRODAD also collaborates with partner organisations, academia and other civil society organizations at regional and country levels to develop synergies and mobilize broad based support to influence policies and practices at national, regional and global levels.
Lobby and Advocacy: AFRODAD works in collaboration with other networks from within Africa and beyond in promoting the ongoing campaign for sustainable debt. At Africa-wide and international levels, AFRODAD lobbies for among others; the establishment of Fair and Transparent Arbitration Mechanism on sovereign debts; Reforms to the international aid and financial architecture and their institutions, and Responsible Lending and Borrowing. Policy change is the primary focus at national, sub regional, regional and international levels on issues of debt and economic justice.
Networking and partnerships: To increase the capacity to perform the role of a Forum and Network, AFRODAD works with both regional and national networks in its research, advocacy and lobbying activities. AFRODAD mobilises and facilitates the building of debt groups/coalitions by NGOs, civil society and individuals in Africa to discuss current and emerging issues and develop common positions especially on Debt and Aid issues.
Information and Communication: Based on research findings, information is packaged for different audiences for use in education, advocacy and policy formulation towards sustainable development.
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