African Forum for International Relations in Research and Development (AFIRRD) is a Ugandan NGO established to find solutions to numerous African problems, mainly through research. Because of the above reason, the AFIRRD plans to open up coordinating offices in the East African Countries, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi, and those that will be admitted to the regional body in the future. Also, on the agenda is establishing affiliations with the international community, international NGOs, and Organizations like the UN to help us in this global development cause.
AFIRRD believes that local people have the power to find solutions to their problems. Societies are essential, and they are the best way to break this cycle of poverty that has kept African societies suffering for such a long time. As such, the communities must be involved. Our mission is to make them realize this. AFIRRD is us and everyone in a global setting who has African cause at heart; poverty alleviation, hunger, gender imbalances, and economic hardships.
AFIRRD philosophy is enshrined in the ‘increased community-based engagement seen as critical to build climate action and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.’ (UN SDGs)
To be a national, regional, and continental contributor to socio-political and economic development through research and innovation.
Improving people’s lives through research, knowledge creation, and sharing to foster socio-political and economic development.
Our Values (as adopted from the World Association of NGOs)
Service beyond self – AFIRRD, like many NGOs, on the whole, is founded to serve others. While responsibly maintaining itself, an NGO integrates self-development and individual concerns with public concerns, focusing on higher, broader, and more general service levels. An NGO should conduct its activities for others, whether the public at large or a particular segment of the people. NGO practitioners are to be exemplars of genuine giving out of concern for the welfare of others without the primary goal of their enhancement or profit.
Respect for human rights – AFIRRD should not violate any person’s fundamental human rights, with which each person is endowed, as recognized, for example, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. AFIRRD acknowledges that all people are born free and equal in dignity and rights (Article 1) and should be sensitive to the moral values, religion, customs, traditions, and cultures of the communities they serve.
Responsibility – AFIRRD, entrusted with a responsibility to the public, takes ownership of the task at hand, taking the initiative and proactively pulling together resources of all types to find and implement feasible solutions for the community. Thus, AFIRRD demonstrates ownership of their NGO, is accountable for the execution and outcomes of their NGO’s stated and expected goals, and strives for excellence in their work.
Cooperation beyond borders – AFIRRD has a shared responsibility to address the severe challenges confronting humanity, particularly in Africa, where poverty, climate change, and coronavirus have strained resources. Significant progress towards these problems and others is critical. It can be fostered through an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach, considering the intercultural and interracial work that influences people’s thinking and beliefs. Under the circumstances, AFIRRD seeks cooperation with other NGOs, government authorities, and international development partners for the greater public good.
Public mindedness – AFIRRD has a public-minded spirit, exhibited by a responsible and caring attitude toward the communities. Thus, AFIRRD recognizes that its conduct and activities impact the public’s perception of its activities and shares responsibility for the public’s trust so created.
Accountability – AFIRRD is accountable for its actions and decisions, primarily to the community it serves and its funding agencies, the government, staff and volunteers, members, partner organizations, and the public