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Building local capacity for communities in Angola

Chargé d'Affaires, Andrew Ford met local community NGO Ajuda de Desenvolvimento de Povo para Povo (ADPP) to discuss their work in Angola.

ADPP signing ceremony

The Chargé d’Affaires, Andrew Ford met representatives from ADPP to discuss their activities which cover a broad range of work in the education and health-related sectors; including water and sanitation, hygiene, community livelihoods environmental health, HIV/AIDS, teacher training and agriculture. ADPP is an Angolan non-governmental organisation, which started in 1986 and works in 17 of Angola’s 18 provinces and directly engages more than 8,000 people in work or study on a daily basis.

The Chargé d’Affaires signed a project contract to assist in developing regional capacity for project officers in Angola. At least 12 regional community project leaders from across Angola will be invited to undertake 6 months of training for community development project leaders at Frontline Institute, Huambo.

The participants learn the basics of project management, administration, monitoring and evaluation; they acquire skills relevant to their chosen project type and build their capacity to solve problems. Importantly, they also learn to work with communities, inspiring individuals to work together to bring about development locally. After training, these leaders work in rural areas of the country, working with communities to create social and economic development where it is very much needed.

The President of the Administration Council at ADPP stated “It is with great pleasure that ADPP enters this partnership with the British Embassy – a partner who like ADPP is committed to community development throughout the country, with an emphasis on building local capacity.

Frontline Institute in Angola builds the capacity of committed, passionate people recruited from ADPP projects around the country to work on the frontline in the fight against poverty, hunger, illiteracy and sickness. Recently 25 participants from 7 provinces – Benguela, Bie, Kunene, Kwanza Sul, Lunda Sul and Uige- graduated from the school and will now take part in leading community development projects with an improved capacity. In 2016 another 50 staff will be trained on two different teams.

ADPP welcomes the contribution of the British Embassy and looks forward to producing good results for the benefit of many communities throughout the many provinces of the country, where ADPP is present.”

The Chargé d’Affaires in Angola Andrew Ford said “we support the work of ADPP in working closely together with local communities and the authorities to build a more unified, equitable and just country in which all people can live healthy, happy and productive lives”.

Published 1 September 2015