About Us

African Refugees Foundation

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The evidence is now overwhelming that most of the binding constraints in development are about institu¬tions and institutional change. At the various interlock¬ing levels of the development process in developing nations, the prevailing institutions – the formal and informal rules underpinning behavior – undermine optimal use of the available financial and human resources.

Institu¬tions that might enable people to act decisively in their collective long-term interests are either missing or dis¬torted. The way institutions work in practice is shaped by the underlying distribution of eco¬nomic, social and political power – by the nature of the underlying ‘elite bargain’ or political settlement. Both power structures and institutions can change, as people at different levels of society find ways of overcoming normally prohibitive collective action problems. This is why the change processes matter. Progressive institutional change is the core of what development is about. AREF (African Refugees Foundation) seeks to promote that.

Official development agencies know this. They are aware that the impact they have on the institutions of a Country are more important than all other dimensions of their engagement. Typically, however, they have con¬siderable difficulty acting in light of that knowledge. This is partly because of the continued enthusiasm for a financing-gap concept of aid, focusing attention on the scale of resource transfers to poor

countries. Efforts are measured in terms of funds raised and disbursed, not institutional changes facilitated. But there is anoth¬er reason too. The work of helping poor countries and their citizens to overcome institutional blockages to de¬velopment is genuinely hard and poorly understood. It is particularly challenging for organisations originally set up.

In light of these constraints

it is a good thing – many are concluding – that some official agencies and private foundations have been moving towards supporting or¬ganisations that do in-country work not as funders of development but as facilitators of change. One of the most promising features on the current landscape of in¬ternational development is the constructive role being played by a new breed of actors

Their activities include

facilitating change or enabling other development stakeholders to confront and deal with complex institutional barriers to progress

Our Facilitating Development initiative seeks to amongst other aims,

Find solutions to challenges, without a pre-established influencing agenda, Develop a process whereby an ability to recruit local or locally experienced volunteers and staff, knowledgeable about specific community development initiatives in the Health, Education and Welfare spheres is apparent.

Our Team

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Founder/Patron:

Ambassador Segun Olusola, mni, OFR (1935-2012)

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Hon. President:

Chief [Mrs] Opral Benson, MON, OON, F.IoD

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Chief Kenssington Adebutu

Patron.

Philanthropist and Business mogul

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Andrew Clever

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Susan Martin

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Paul Scort

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