AFAP is an independent secular, not-for-profit, fully accredited Australian non-government organisation (NGO) that was founded in 1968 and incorporated in the state of NSW in 1983. Our mission is to be a leading agent for poverty alleviation through innovative and appropriate community-based development. We work directly with local partners that are independent agencies employing local professionals with considerable experience, local knowledge and skill through-out the Pacific, Asia and Africa. Our partners are well-established NGOs in their own right and have excellent working relations with respective local governments. These on-going partnerships demonstrate a commitment to shared values and agreement on effective and workable management, administration, and communication protocols, under-pinned by policies which are in line with AusAID requirements.
Through our unique approach to development AFAP aims to strengthen and empower local NGOs and community groups in developing countries so that they can better meet their own aspirations, and to support Australian groups through our Partnership Program to provide innovative opportunities and professional support to Australians who want to become directly involved in sustainable international development programs. Explore our site, learn more about our work and find all the ways you can get involved!
May 7, 2013
by Amy Gorel
Though the AFAP office is always a fun place to be, the coolest part about many of AFAP staffers’ jobs is the typically biannual trips out of the office and into the field, in my opinion. They travel out to these countries and meet the beneficiaries of the programs they coordinate, monitor progress, and see what could be improved, while making sure all the programs are in line with AFAP standards.
I got the chance to sit down with the lovely Laura, AFAP’s program officer who works primarily with programs based in Bangladesh and India, but also Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Laura shared with me a short story of misadventure she encountered on her last trip to Cambodia and Bangladesh.