Africa Development Promise is a nonprofit organization working in East Africa to support rural women as the economic, demographic and social landscape is changing and affecting activities carried out by women. We champion the cooperative approach because of its principles of democracy, inclusion and solidarity - cooperatives empower members by promoting self-help and self-responsibility.
We believe that given the right tools, rural African communities can be economically self-sufficient and flourish. Every day, we help female subsistence farmers come together to develop professional, well-managed and profitable agricultural cooperatives which offer a path out of poverty.
Our vision is flourishing rural communities across Eastern Africa where women can contribute their creativity, innovation and hard work that brings prosperity and independence. As an organization, we aspire to be the engine that advances rural women's entrepreneurship by promoting agricultural cooperatives while also addressing the interconnectivity of water, energy and agriculture to achieve long-term sustainable positive outcomes.
Our mission is to build on and strengthen the collective action of entrepreneurial women.
In March, Africa Development Promise hosted its first conference in Kigali, Rwanda,welcoming Ms. Aisha Karanja, Executive Director of the Greenbelt Movement in Kenya as the keynote speaker. The conference attracted 100 participants from government, academia, international and local non-governmental organization (NGOs). It was a great success that brought together a wide range of people, skills and knowledge from the agricultural sector. Cross cutting themes throughout the conference covered energy, education, climate change, and women's empowerment.
A recurring concern that came through in both panel discussions and breakout sessions was the need to recognize and celebrate the efforts of women. Sylvie Nirere, representing the Rwanda Ministry of Agriculture emphasized that a key goal of Rwanda's Vision 2020 is to mainstream gender equity and equality into all development policies and strategies. To accomplish this, the government views international NGO's as key partners, especially in the agricultural sector. "We must put our hands together to empower Rwandan rural women."