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AfID offers every type of accountant, from anywhere in the world the opportunity to use their skills to support a broad range of non-profit organisations globally. Volunteer assignments of between 2 weeks and 12 months, &/or longer permanent placements, form part of our ongoing strategy to build the financial management capacity of charities in over 50 countries. 

AfID have now arranged assignments for over 1250 accountants from over 50 countries, providing over 250,000 hours of one to one support to more than 500 non-profit partners.

Our partners, which are a blend of international NGOs and grassroot community based organisations such as street child centres, hospitals, micro-finance organisations, conservation projects, women’s empowerment programmes and schools, are all doing amazing work to tackle extreme poverty and inequality in their communities but due to their limited resources are unable to access vital accounting and financial management training.

The main focus of all AfID assignments is to develop and enhance the skills, confidence and potential of local people, enabling the organisations to ultimately have the financial management capacity they need to deliver more effective and sustainable programmes to their many beneficiaries, whilst maintain good relations with their donors. Our volunteers could be budgeting with a street child centre in Kampala (Uganda), coaching a hospital bookkeeper in Kigali (Rwanda) or financial reporting for a primary school in Kathmandu (Nepal).

As a social enterprise, the income AfID receive enables us to offer our capacity building services to grassroot community organisations completely free charge. Our financial independence means both we and our volunteers can discuss and advise on difficult issues in an open and honest way; establishing a very high level of trust - in a way that no donor organisation could. We are able to work independently and impartially with otherwise neglected organisations; tailoring programmes of support to meet their needs.

Our Origin
AfID was inspired by founder Neil Jennings’ volunteer assignment in Rwanda in 2007. Neil left his role as a Director for Robert Half International to support a small Rwandan NGO set up by orphans and refugees of the 1994 genocide to give vulnerable children across the country access to education.
 
“It became obvious that whilst the staff had achieved amazing results with little resources, the survival of their activities hung desperately in the balance due to a lack of financial management experience and a faltering donor relationship. Volunteers had come and gone but sadly never addressing this issue and never really contributing to the long-term development and sustainability.”
 

After returning to the UK, Neil approached a number of volunteer organisations and found that the mismatching of volunteer’s skills was commonplace; the most relevant professional skills were frequently overlooked and few opportunities existed for highly skilled, employed professionals. 

 

In September 2009, with the help of several small UK charities and five adventurous accountants, pilot assignments began in Cambodia, Tanzania and Malawi. By the end of that year 22 charities were on board and 14 assignments had been successfully completed in 6 developing countries.

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