First, active citizens who are able to sustainably and equitably
- Eat adequate and nutritious foods – Food and Nutrition Security;
- Live in descent homes and accumulate adequate financial and material assets – Economic Security;
- Suffer less from preventable morbidity and mortality – Health Security;
- Attain literacy and marketable skills – Education security;
- Exhibit voice and choice in the governance of their groups; and communities - Good governance security;
Second, an AFARD that is visible, impacting, and less donor dependent.
What we do are aligned to the interwebbed drivers of the endemic livelihood insecurity that people in West Nile grapple with daily. Mothers spend sleepless nights worrying about the next meal for their families lest they are labeled “irresponsible wives and mothers.” They pray that the rampant sicknesses and deaths should not strike their family members. Children are concerned whether or not they will enroll and stay in school. To the youth, unemployment leaves the hopeless to not only fend for themselves but also to support their families. Fathers long for when they can have a voice to change their local governance policies to respond to the dire needs at the grassroots levels. Put together, these worries represent the food, economic, health, and education insecurities and bad governance that people live with.
AFARD therefore envisions active citizens who are able to sustainably and equitably live with food, economic, health, and education securities and good governance. To confront these multifaceted fronts of insecurities, we strategically intervene through empowering local communities for self-development as is shown in figure 2 below. Institutional and technical capacity building is our engine for a self-reliant development. Through lived realities, partner communities are supported in a phased-manner starting with community organization for change. This is followed by the critical basics of life (food and health) then economic and education security is built as part of the long term march to the market. Good governance cuts across starting with family harmony followed by community group co-governance and finally engagement with local governments.