About African-Irish Development Initiative
Explore the essence of the Africa-Irish Development Initiative on our About page, where we unveil our mission, values, and initiatives aimed at shaping an inclusive and empowered society.
The Africa-Irish Development Initiative (AIDI) is a registered Company Limited By Guarantee in Ireland since October 2014, headquartered in Dublin. Operating under the acronym "AIDI," it serves as a proactive force for civic, community, cultural, and educational development. While structured as an NGO, AIDI embodies a social enterprise mindset, strategically connecting communities and individuals for business, cultural, and intercultural opportunities. This dynamic approach fosters social and human capital development, enriching both society and the cultural economy.
Originating from research into intercultural dynamics between Irish communities and African immigrants, AIDI aims to empower the African community by exchanging skills and managing information for robust intercultural relationships in the thriving Irish economy. It functions as a platform to inspire policy development reflecting historical, cultural, and socio-economic needs, also advocating for African communities. AIDI envisions establishing an Intercultural Academy and Information Centre to disseminate academic, historical, musical, and cultural materials for advancing Black heritage, African arts, and cultural civilization. AIDI's significance is heightened as the official organizer of Black History Month Ireland (BHMI), or Africa History Month Ireland (AHMI). Notably, AIDI played a pivotal role in inaugurating Black History Month in Ireland on October 4, 2014, in collaboration with the African Diplomatic Corps, the European Commission, and the European Parliament Offices. This event positioned Ireland as the fourth nation globally to officially observe Black History Month.
Ireland becomes fourth country in world to celebrate Black History Month (i.e. the journal)
The initiative known as Black History Month Ireland (BHMI) was launched in Cork in October 2010, and its significance grew with subsequent celebrations in 2013, leading to its formal national observance in 2014 at the European Commission Representation in Ireland Conference space in Dublin. Zephrynus Okechi Ikeh, the Project Coordinator of Black History Month Ireland (BHMI) highlighted its mission to combat racism and discrimination by promoting cross-cultural understanding. The initiative, affiliated with various Irish and European institutions including universities, councils, and organizations strives to foster inclusivity and cultural awareness. They include;
• The Wheel • New Communities Partnership • National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) • Africa Solidarity Centre Ireland • Irish Network of Anti-Racism • Leargas 77HH • Eco Unesco • Cork City Council • Dublin City Council • Fingal County Council • University College Cork • University College Dublin • The African Diplomatic Corps in Ireland • The Irish Aids - Africa Unit
• Europe Network of Anti-Racism (ENAR) • European Parliament/Commission in Ireland • Erasmus+ • SALTO-YOUTH
What we do
We celebrate African and Irish heritage, fostering understanding and unity through events like Black History Month Ireland (BHMI).
Our projects offer youth mentorship, skill-building, and avenues for personal growth.
We champion eco-friendly practices and climate change resilience in the face of global challenges.
AIDI is affiliated with the following Irish and European institutions, organizations and agencies:
- The Wheel · New Communities Partnership · National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) · Africa Solidarity Centre Ireland · Irish Network of Anti-Racism · Leargas Eco Unesco · Cork City Council · Dublin City Council · Fingal County Council · University College Cork · University College Dublin · The African Diplomatic Corps in Ireland · The Irish Aids - Africa Unit
· Europe Network of Anti-Racism (ENAR) · European Parliament/Commission in Ireland · Erasmus+ · SALTO-YOUTH .
OUR VISION AND MISSION
Our mission is to forge alliances with corporations and institutions to nurture a just and lasting global community. Through strategic collaboration, we aim to foster inclusivity, fairness, and enduring progress on a global scale.
Our vision is a world where people thrive in harmony with the Earth's resources, transcending cultural and religious boundaries. We are dedicated to empowering youth through non-formal education and voluntary service, fostering global change by promoting diversity and equality.
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