OPAD Areas of Focus within East Africa Region:

OPAD reconnect the poor and marginalized communities with global aspirations of making the world a better place for all. This was the ideology for its formation during Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] and crossing over to the Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]; the organization works with the youth, women and children as the pivot for change that does not only require aid but also capacity and skills for turning the SDGs dreams into reality. Putting Women, Youth and Children in the forefront with the right skills, Capacity and Resource in achieving the dream of a world free from abject poverty and all other social ills SDGs inspire the Human tribe to address. Just as our vision “An Equitable Society free from Human Suffering” whether in Developed, developing or under developed Countries.

Pillars

Methodologies

Aim

Poverty Alleviation Response Promoting Investments through Beneficiary Led Aid interventions Improving living conditions, Skills and Capacities of Poor communities in East Africa, especially women, young people and Children to strive towards economic growth and self-reliance
Human security and freedom from violence Partnership Building, Campaigns and Network Buildings at Grassroots Level Strengthening capacity of East Africa Communities to work towards understanding multiculturalism and its importance in Peace Building and unity in diversity
Gender, Governance and Human Rights Capacity Building, Partnership, Research, Network Building, Lobbying and Advocacy Enhancing capacities of East Africa Communities to work towards strengthening democracy, rule of law, gender equality, media engagement, accountability and respect for human rights at all levels
Environmental Conservation Capacity Building, Partnership Development, Networking, Research, Lobbying and Advocacy Strengthening capacities of local Communities of East Africa to work towards sustainable management and meaningful use of common ecosystem services, natural resources and increase resilience against climate change
Internship and Exchange Programmes Creating Learning Platform, Linkages and Networks Building Influence and Establish conducive Environment that provides opportunities for Young people to learn variety of innovative ideas and share experiences that can be changed to Projects and Programmes to help the poor and marginalized communities to reintegrate into the society.

OPAD’s impact at Global and Regional levels

In Europe and Regional Structures, OPAD offers a wide range of services and share experiences that help the poor and marginalized communities to reintegrate into the society. OPAD targets youths and adults who are mostly immigrants from diverse cultural backgrounds to impart them with skills on self-reliance in Sweden and the rest of the world.

The organization provides Youth and children with opportunities to learn other cultures to enhance unity in diversity and share its Best Practices with other like-minded organizations in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. OPAD creates a gateway for exposure to youth through European Voluntary Services as one of the accredited organization under EU.

OPAD Global Guiding Principles

Accountability: Combining responsibility with rights so that those who make decisions are also responsible for them.

Respecting diversity: Taking into account national and regional contexts and the individual natures and characteristics of Members.

Mutual respect for decision-making at each level: Allocation of defined responsibilities between the international, Regional and national organizations [OPAD field offices] as described in, and guaranteed by, its Constitution and Regulations, recognizing the self-governing nature of field offices, while respecting the appropriateness of international governance and action where this is in the collective interest.

Autonomy in decision making at each level of the organisation: Recognizing that the strength and legitimacy of international governance lies in its ability to act decisively according to the needs and interests of the larger organisation, whilst ensuring that decision-making processes lie as closely as possible to those affected by decisions.

The principle of subsidiarity: Ensuring that decision-making power rest as closely as possible to those it affects, while preventing unilateral decisions that could adversely affect other field offices, Members and/or the Affiliations.

Checks and balances: A system of power-sharing through the devolution of authority and rights to Regional/field offices, Members and Cooperates.

None Duplication: One field office per region. OPAD shall establish regional field operation offices are established to cover a minimum of 3 Countries to Maximum of 7 countries and to be headed by Regional Directors/coordinators.

Equality: All Member organizations, whatever their size, location or scale of income generation, are given equal opportunity.

Two levels of governance: Only two levels of governance apply, national and international, where the international level includes regional structures

Primary strategic unit: OPAD Global office shall be the primary strategic unit and Regional Offices are semi-autonomous operating in constant consultation and mutual agreement with the Global office.