Mission: Africare works to improve the quality of life in Africa. Africare''s programs are in partnership the people of Africa, and address needs in the principal areas of food security and agriculture as well as health and HIV/AIDS. Africare also supports water resource development, environmental management, basic education, microenterprise development, governance initiatives, and emergency humanitarian aid.
Target demographics: Local communities throughout Africa
Direct beneficiaries per year: 78,166 farmers directly benefit from agriculture activities, 511,354 people test for HIV, over 111,000 people benefit from constructed and rehabilitated wells, 60,322 women receive training to increase their income, and 9,420 project affected persons were ensured fair compensation.
Geographic areas served: 18 countries in sub-Saharan Africa
Programs: Since its founding in 1970, Africare has delivered more than $1 billion in assistance to millions of beneficiaries across the African continent. Africare’s staff has an unparalleled knowledge of the continent – its challenges and opportunities – and has nurtured valuable relationships with key figures ranging from community leaders and traditional authorities to presidents and prime ministers. Africare centers its development approach around active community participation and partners with local organizations to ensure institutional strengthening and capacity building. Africare’s coverage is among the widest and deepest of any organization working in Africa, representing more than 2,500 projects in 36 countries Africa-wide since inception.
I am a student conducting research on Africare for my International Development class. While initial research suggests that Africare is an excellent organization, recent reviews from other charity review sites have suggested that there is a significant amount of turnover occurring with the organization which raises some red flags.
Africare is a large, international development NGO that implements a variety of projects throughout the continent of Africa. Their extensive website portrays themselves as a charity that is truly effective as an organization as 98% percent of their employees are indigenous to Africa and that 95% of their funding goes toward actual programs. Being heavily funded by USAID, they have the ability to try a wide variety of operations addressing health, financial, and agricultural practices.
While they publish up to date blogs regarding the success of these projects, they largely tend to to ignore the shortcomings of their programs. Thus, it is hard to come across objective evaluations, and many charity review sites including this one seem to have a consensus that Africare fails to provide helpful impact summaries.
Additionally, more recent reviews from volunteers and recent employers on other sites indicate that the organization is currently going through a process of high-turnover in management. This has led to management being out of touch and lacking vision, as well as the promotion of unqualified people to higher positions. Moreover, many reviews indicated that Africare used to be a great organization, and that its marketing is a reflection of what the organization used to be. With these recent trends, I would be cautious about donating to Africare at this point in time.
I've volunteered and donated to Africare via The African Well Fund for many years now and I'm always impressed by the work that's being done in Africa. Money and time well spent. Keep up the good work!