Our Mission

To develop strategic and scientific approaches in tackling the root causes of direct & structured violence that result in the creation of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons. AREF is also involved in practical approaches to Refugee & IDP situations in Nigeria & Africa as whole.

Our emphasis will focus on amongst other activities, Peace Education, Artistic Presentations, Community Participatory Initiatives and Publications aimed at promoting and developing local integration.

Aim and Objectives

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.

There is an urgent need to look at a range of possible ways of using development assistance funds that reduce their harmful impacts on country institutions and explore fresh avenues for constructive engagement. In this context, it seems important that there must exist, a new breed of development support organisations that are geared to addressing challenges of these sorts in order to reach a common goal. That goal is what we are presenting here today.

It is too early to expect robust evaluation results that would allow us to judge how much of an impact this initiative will have but we are confident that current trends globally seek to reinforce its efficacy. It was thought initially that a feature of the core model might be an ability to recruit local or locally experienced staff on long-term contracts. Effective facilitation work can be done, it seems, by very different sorts of people, and the particular knowledge and skills that count seem to be activity-specific and quite diverse. We have simplified the format for Community based Organisations, local development agencies and small grass root enthusiasts to be part of this movement.

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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