10 Years of Wales for Africa
In 2006 the Wales for Africa programme was launched in response to the Make Poverty History campaign and the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. Its aim was to support and encourage the people of Wales, across civic society, to be more actively involved in development work in Africa.
Fast forward 10 years and the results are remarkable. The level of international development activity across Wales has dramatically increased, resulting in some exceptional achievements. We have seen the number of community links between Wales and Africa grow from 5 to over 150 and there are now over 350 active projects across 25 African nations.
The internationally recognised Programme represents a distinct Welsh approach to international development and confirms our commitment to advancing our place in the world as a globally responsible nation.
A report was launched to celebrate the unique contribution Wales has made over the past 10 years and here are just a few of the achievements since the initiative started in 2006...
- To date, £500,000 has been distributed among 72 health projects – and last year, every £1 invested in our health partnerships brought in an additional £5 in match funding and donations
- Wales became the world's first Fair Trade Nation
- Size of Wales project exceeded its target of planting 1 million trees in Uganda - an ambitious new target of 10 million trees has been set
- Wales has a fifth of all hospital links with Africa in the UK
- Wales has over 150 community links with Africa
- In 2015, 80,000 people in Wales benefitted from Wales for Africa's work and over 250,000 people in Africa