ACCOUNTING FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Accounting for International Development (AfID) is a multi-award winning social enterprise that offers you the opportunity, as an experienced finance professional, to use your skills to make a genuine difference as a volunteer and to gain rewarding hands-on International Development experience.
Individually tailored assignments, ranging from two weeks to 12 months, form part of an ongoing strategy to build the financial management capacity and long-term sustainability of charities and non-profit community organisations across the world.
AfID's partners, which are a blend of international charities and grassroot community based organisations such as street child centres, hospitals, micro-finance organisations, conservation projects, women's empowerment programmes and schools, are all doing amazing work to tackle extreme poverty and inequality in their communities but due to their limited resources are unable to access vital accounting and financial management training.
The main focus of all AfID assignments is to develop and enhance the skills, confidence and potential of local people, enabling the organisations to ultimately have the financial management capacity they need to deliver more effective and sustainable programmes to their many beneficiaries. Volunteers could be budgeting with a street child centre in Kampala, coaching a hospital bookkeeper in Kigali or financial reporting for a primary school in Kathmandu.
The advanced technical and professional profile of their volunteers, combined with the specific and universal nature of their objectives, ensures good continuity from one volunteer to the next and means real results can be achieved in a far shorter time-frame than that of traditional voluntary placements. This means volunteering is now a realistic prospect for employed, career minded professionals.
AfID is now supporting over 140 charities and non-profit organisations in almost 30 countries across Africa, Asia and South America. Since their inception in 2009 they have placed over 250 volunteer accountants, taking the total hours of pro-bono financial management coaching to over 40,000 which equates to over £4 Million worth of professional services.
AfID has reached over 500 volunteers of varying nationalities and without doubt a lot of these accountants found out about AfID through institute communication tools such as Facebook, Twitter, weekly newsletter or institute emails. It could be a tweet about one of your institute members who has recently completed a volunteer assignment or a sentence in your newsletter – it really does help! Our charity partners who benefit from the volunteer accountants would not be where they are today without the experience of members of your institute helping mentor local members of staff.
If you would be able to assist AfID reach out to more of your members, please let me know and I can arrange a convenient time to call. Not only does it help AfID provide our partner charities with much needed financial support, but it is a great way to exhibit alternative types of opportunities that are available to your members, that otherwise they might not consider possible
For more information and how to become a volunteer please visit the AfID website.