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What we do

Established in 1997, African Initiatives is an international development charity based in Bristol, UK. Working with local partners in Africa, we support marginalised individuals and communities to exercise their rights. Over the last 16 years we have built trusting and equitable relationships with civil society groups in Tanzania and Ghana through programmes in girls’ education, women’s rights, secure livelihoods and access to health rights. By finding African solutions to African problems, we have successfully changed the lives of thousands of  women, men and children for the better.

Young Girls TogetherOur Vision
A world where everyone has their voice heard, is able to challenge injustice and exercise their rights.

Our Mission
Together with African partners we address injustice and strengthen the capacity of individuals and communities to demand and exercise their rights. We share our learning with communities in the UK to change perceptions, challenge inequality and increase understanding of global interdependence.

Where we work
African Initiatives is currently working with local partners based in northern Ghana and Tanzania. Find out more about our international partners.

In the UK, we complement our overseas work through a Global Education programme. Working with schools, communities and other education specialists mainly in the South West of England, we share our learning to change perceptions, challenge inequality and increase understanding of global issues.

Who We Are

José Sluijs-Doyle – Chief Executive

David Baines – Overseas Programme Manager (based in Tanzania)

Amanda Grimstead – Fundraising Manager

Henna Cheema – Fundraising Officer (Trusts) & Overseas Programme Officer

Holly Redfern – Communications Officer & Global Education Project Coordinator

Valeria Pini – Administrator

Dermot Byron – Acting Finance Manager

Click here to see full staff profiles

Furthermore, African Initiatives relies on a large network of volunteers as well as the input of our Board of Trustees to expand our capacity.


Lowri Jackson – Chair of Trustees

Darren O’Connor – Vice Chair of Trustees

Dermot Byron – Treasurer

John Scott – Trustee Company Secretary

Karen King – Trustee

Sarah Jones – Trustee

Karen Andrae – Trustee

Adrian Marshall – Trustee


Ash Sharma – Trustee

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We are proud to say that our patrons are George Ferguson CBE, Professor David Brokensha and George Monbiot.

Get Involved!
There are lots of ways you can get involved with African Initiatives, be it helping us fundraise, volunteering on specific projects or in the community, or by setting up a regular donation to support our work. Don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list, through the link on the right, so that we can keep you updated about our activities.