In September 2015, global community agreed on “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, with a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core. As part of this Agenda 2030, countries commit to achieving these 17 goals and their 169 targets in 15 years. Transformative and ambitious, the universal 2030 Agenda pledges among many other objectives to eradicate poverty, promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and tackle climate change, amongst others.
Giving the failure of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa, a different approach is required to achieve SDGs by 2030. Sadly,foreign aid has not been able to address the fundamental question regarding direct impacts on the people. To effectively assist the continent to realize the transformative 2030 Agenda, the Africans in diaspora must play key roles and partner with friends across the border (in Germany and rest of the world) to make it work. After all, If Africans in diaspora can be the single largest external source of revenue to the continent behind direct foreign investment and ahead of “over-exaggerated” foreign aid, then, it is a worthy strategy to equally enlist the diaspora Africans in collaboration with friends, if not all, on specific development agenda in Africa. This initiative intends a different approach, that does not rely on handout, rather, on sharing good values (knowledge) directly between the two people; without politics involved.
African Partners Initiative (API) is an independent, non-partisan and a not-for-profit organisation working on development issues affecting Africa’s transformation, peace and development. API was established in 2017 to support coordination of collaborative and mutually beneficial knowledge transfer/exchange between Africa and the rest of the world; with the goal of actualising the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa by 2030. Therefore, our immediate focus is on seven goals of the SDGs:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goals
The organisation intend to build on the finest resilience, innovative and indigenous mechanisms peculiar to Germany/Europe and Africa; in collaboration with global inventions and positive knowledge to provide Twenty-First century solutions to Africa’s development challenges. More so, bridging the disadvantage gap between Africa and the rest of the world requires collective duty of conscience of all well-meaning people, irrespective of country, race, social status and belief; and should be inspired by Africans in diaspora and friends of Africa.