Advocacy Initiative for Development (AID)

Organization's name: Advocacy Initiative for Development (AID)
Organization's acronym: AID
Headquarters address  
Address: 4247 Catalina Lane Apt L
Harrisburg, PA 17109

United States of America
Phone: 5166758983
Email: sylmurray@aidonline.org
Web site: www.aidonline.org
Organization type: Non-governmental organization
Languages:
  • English

Activities

Areas of expertise & Fields of activity:
Economic and Social:
  • Agriculture
  • Children
  • Citizenship and Governance
  • Development
  • Education
  • Women
  • Youth

Gender Issues and Advancement of Women:
  • Advocacy and outreach
  • Capacity building
  • Education and training of women
  • Human rights of women
  • Indigenous women
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women
  • Men and boys
  • Millennium Development Goals
  • Policy advice
  • Research
  • Service provision
  • The girl child
  • Trafficking in women and girls
  • Violence against women
  • Women and HIV/AIDS
  • Women and armed conflict
  • Women and health
  • Women and poverty
  • Women and the economy
  • Women and the environment
  • Women and the media
  • Women and the media
  • Women in power and decision-making

Social Development:
  • Conflict
  • Cooperative
  • Disabled persons
  • Employment
  • Indigenous issues
  • Information and Communications Technologies
  • Poverty
  • Social policy
  • Youth

Sustainable Development:
  • Agriculture
  • Capacity-building
  • Climate change
  • Education
  • Forests
  • Gender equality
  • Health
  • Human settlements
  • Information for decision-making and participation
  • Partnerships
  • Poverty
  • Protecting and managing the natural resources
  • Rural Development
  • Sanitation
  • Sustainable development for Africa
  • Technology
  • Waste Management

Peace and Development in Africa:
  • Development in Africa
  • Peace in Africa

Conflict Resolution in Africa:
  • Conflicts Resolution
Geographic scope: International
Country of activity:
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Zambia
  • United States of America
  • Somalia
  • Guinea
  • Liberia
  • Ghana
  • Nigeria
  • Tunisia
  • Gambia
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Egypt
  • Morocco
  • Sierra Leone
  • Lesotho
  • Togo
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Malawi
Millennium Development Goals:
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Achieve universal primary education
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Reduce child mortality
  • Improve maternal health
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Develop global partnership for development
Mission statement:
Year established (YYYY): 2000
Year of registration (YYYY): 2011
Organizational structure: Board of Directors, Officers, Volunteers
Number and type of members: Membership is consist of the Board of Directors. Currently, there are eight members of the Board.
Affiliation with NGO networks: WANGO, CIVICUS, AWID, TIG, African Monitors, SLANGO, GMC, WRA
Funding structure:
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Other sources
  • Donations and grants from domestic sources
  • Funds from other Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Foreign and international grants

Additional Information

Sustainable Development

Major group affiliation:
  • Indigenous people
  • Scientific and technological communities
  • Business and industry
  • Children and youth
  • Local authorities
  • Women
  • Non-governmental organization
  • Farmers
Involvement in UN Partnerships: Yes
If yes, explain in detail: - Affiliated with the United Nations Global Compact as a Civil Society Participant (http://www.unglobalcompact.org/participant/14484-Advocacy-Initiative-for-Development-AID-). - Implementing a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project in Sierra Leone. The project, Business Development Services (BDS) seeks to offer a range of services catering for the diverse needs of young people (15-35 years) seeking to set up or expand a business in Freetown area while also providing more general careers counseling and support to any young person seeking to understand the training and employment options available to them. (www.businessdevelopments.org)
Affiliation with other organizations: AID is affiliated with the following organizations: * International Peace Bureau (IPB) * World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO) *United Nations Global Compact * World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) * Association For Women's Rights in Development (AWID) * Develop Africa (DA) * Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) * The Partnership for Maternal, New Born & Child Health (PMCH) * White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood * Global Movement for Children (GMC) * Civil Society Voices for Better Aid * TakingITGlobal (TIG) * African Monitor * Kabisa *Campiagn for Human Rights and Development Sierra Leone(CDHRSL) *Peace Links *International Education And Resource Network Sierra Leone (iEARN-SL) *Earth Charter Sierra Leone
Publications: N/A
Statements or documents submitted
Commission on Sustainable Development:
N/A

Social Development

Affiliation with other organizations: AID is affiliated with the following organizations: * International Peace Bureau (IPB) * World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO) *United Nations Global Compact * World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) * Association For Women's Rights in Development (AWID) *Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) * The Partnership for Maternal, New Born & Child Health (PMCH) * White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood * Global Movement for Children (GMC) * Civil Society Voices for Better Aid * TakingITGlobal (TIG) * African Monitor * Kabisa *Campiagn for Human Rights and Development Sierra Leone(CDHRSL) *Youth Partnership for Peace and Development (YPPD) *Peace Links *International Education And Resource Network Sierra Leone (iEARN-SL)
Publications: N/A
Purpose of the organization: Mission: The Organization's mission is to promote and enhance the capabilities of children, youth and women in Africa to effect positive social change that would bring about development in their lives and communities. Seeking to alleviate poverty and promote the holistic development of people and their communities, the organization has the following as its aims and objectives: - To promote Human Rights issues. - To help youth and women without basic or no education at all, acquire vocational and practical skills to make them self reliant and responsible. - To provide educational opportunities to poor and disadvantaged children across Africa. - To promote and organize campaigns against the spread of HIV/AIDS, EBOLA and other Health issues. - To organize and promote programs, activities, services and projects that gears towards promoting tolerance, nonviolence, peace and development. - To promote Democracy and Good Governance. - To complement the efforts of governments, NGOs and other agencies in producing mature, disciplined and responsible citizens in Africa. - To accept donations, contributions, to invest and reinvest any funds on hand, to use the income and proceeds thereof for the advancement of the purposes for which this organization was formed. - To establish, maintain and engage in any and lawful activities relative to the purposes for which this organization was formed.
Activities relevant to the conference of States Parties to the convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: The organization is running a program which seeks to promote the rights of people living with disabilities in Sierra Leone and advocate for them to have equal access to opportunities with regards livelihood and freedom of expression and movements. We hope to run similar initiative in other parts of Africa.
Confirmation of the activities of the organization at the regional, national or international level: Based on its aims and objectives, the organization is working on the following activities: Human Rights: It has been discovered that the reason for the many alarming cases of abuse and violence in Schools, Homes and Communities is due to the lack of knowledge about the basic human rights and the need to respect ones rights. AID is addressing these ills of society by promoting human rights education at all levels. Peacebuilding: AID regularly promotes tolerance, nonviolence and peace by encouraging and supporting mutual understanding, solidarity, and cooperation among all citizens in Sierra Leone and across Africa. Women Empowerment: AID is very active in addressing the challenges women face in their homes & communities in Sierra Leone and across Africa and helps to protect their rights at all levels. AID is also empowering women through life skills training opportunities and basic management skills. Also, AID regularly organizes programs to raise awareness against all forms of Abuse and discrimination against Women. Child Welfare: AID regularly promotes and supports child education and health care services. According to a recent studies, nine out of the ten worst countries for newborns (neo-natal mortality rates per thousand live births in 2012) are from Africa, including Sierra Leone, Somalia, Guinea-Bissau, Angola, Lesotho, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Central African Republic and Côte d'Ivoire. Half of these countries were affected by conflict. To help tackle such a huge challenge in the continent, the organization seeks to regularly advocate for and support the promotion of breastfeeding, neonatal resuscitation, kangaroo mother care for pre-term babies and the prevention and treatment of infections. AID also promote campaigns against all forms of abuse against children. HIV/AIDS & EBOLA AID is ensuring that citizens are actively involved in advocating for the prevention, treatment and cure of deadly diseases like EBOLA and HIV/AIDS and also help eradicate or mitigate stigma. Just as clearly, experience shows that the right approaches, applied quickly enough with courage and resolve, can and do result in lowering EBOLA and HIV/AIDS infection rates and less suffering for those affected by them. An ever-growing HIV/AIDS and EBOLA epidemics is not inevitable; yet, unless action against these epidemics is scaled up drastically, the damage already done will seem minor compared with what lies ahead. This may sound dramatic, but it is hard to play down the effects of diseases that stand to kill more than half of the young adults in the countries where they have their firmest holds. Youth Empowerment: AID fosters a commitment to young people that promotes pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and reassert a sense of hope in the future. AID continues to advocate and create meaningful employment opportunities for youths with special emphasis on the less privileged and young women. WaSH: Water is Life! It is undoubtedly true that water is a very important aspect of man’s life and so also a very pertinent aspect of Human Rights. As an organization seeking to ensure the livelihood and sustainability of humanity, this program is mainly to advocate and promote Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH). Agriculture: Agriculture is a significant part of many countries in Africa. In Sierra Leone, for example, agriculture accounts for at least 58 percent of its national GDP. AID is supporting farmers with adequate tools and resources in producing sufficient food for their families, communities and countries in a more sustainable way.
A list of members of the governing body of the organization, and their countries of nationality: The Board of Directors elected/appointed the following officers in accordance with the organization's Bylaws: 1) Sylvanus Murray (PRESIDENT) - Sierra Leonean 2) Sylvester Renner (CONSULTANT) - American 3) Daphne Murray (GENDER & WOMEN'S DIRECTOR)- Sierra Leonean 5) Abraham Akempta (DIRECTOR - UNITED STATES) - American 5) Jasmine Renner (LEGAL CONSULTANT) - American 6) Amenda Gehman (CONSULTANT) - American 7) Chernor Bah (STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP DIRECTOR) - Sierra Leonean 8) Andrew Daramy (DIRECTOR - SIERRA LEONE) - Sierra Leonean
Description of the membership of the organization, indicating the total number of members: Membership is made up of the Board of Directors. There are currently eight members of the board.

Advancement of Women

Affiliation with other organizations: Association For Women's Rights in Development (AWID) United Nations Women
Publications: N/A
Statements or documents submitted
to the Commission on the Status of Women:
N/A
Statements or documents submitted
to the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women:
N/A

Forests

Major group affiliation: Non-governmental Orgnizations
Affiliation with other organizations: Earth Charter International (ECI)
Affiliation with UN bodies: N/A
Publications: N/A
Statements or documents submitted
to the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF):
N/A
UNFF newsletter Yes

Public Administration and Development Management

Involvement in Public Administration: N/A
Publications: N/A

Informal regional network of NGOs

UN-NGO-IRENE Newsletter: Yes

Other UN Entities

Accreditation with other UN Entities:
  • UNDP