African Dream Foundation

We aim to effect sustainable change in the lives of underprovileged children, families and communities

We engage proactively, the civil society to engender positive change
We have a high standard of governance and accountability
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The Genesis

Inspired by Senge's philosophy, a group of young corporate professionals led by Dr. Mike Crankson came together in 2012 to set up African Dream Foundation to work with grassroots initiatives for effecting positive changes in the lives of underprivileged children, their families and communities within the catchment areas in Ghana, most especially in the Western Region where Oil, known as the BLACK GOLD has been found in commercial quantities. In view of the above several investments, opportunities have been provided to both local and international partners to harness.

A cursory glance at the news everyday shows the scale and range of expectations Ghanaians have. Particularistic claims of special entitlement by communities on the coast in the Western Region near the oil fields are jostling with expectations of an employment boom through the creation of oil related and downstream jobs. Alongside these some are proposing that the public income from oil be used to build a new national capital. Certainly there are expectations that the oil and (the less discussed the gas) finds offshore will have a major impact for the good of the country. Then there are the anxieties – about the environmental impacts, about whether our political leaders and more generally the elite, can be trusted to manage the resources in the best interests of all the nation; whether they have the clout to oversee the operation of a sector several times the size of our GDP (a point highlighted by both the Exxon Mobil case as well as the lessons of the explosion of a BP offshore rig in Gulf of Mexico and the subsequent engagement between the US government and BP).

One thing clearly comes up in the minds of all and sundry. Do the government alone have the capacity to meet all the expectations of the immediate Western Region where the oil has been found or the Ghanaian community as a whole? The answer is certainly not. These and many more form the basis of African Dream Foundation to help meet some expectations of the general populace in close consultation and clear collaboration with the Corporate Organizations both in Ghana and those outside Ghana. Most importantly there are a lot organizations who are very much interested in engaging African Dream Foundation to fulfil their corporate social responsibility through our numerous humanitarian projects.

Our Vision

We have a strong vision in the following areas:

Work as a catalyst in bringing sustainable change in the lives of underprivileged children, youth and women, with a life-cycle approach of development.
Enable the civil society across the world to engage proactively in the change process through the philosophy of civic driven change.
Adopt highest standards of governance to emerge as a leading knowledge and technology driven, innovative and scalable international development organisation Mission.
African Dream Foundation is to empower underprivileged children, youth and women through relevant education, innovative healthcare and market-focused livelihood programmes.
African Dream Foundation is to deploy best possible methodology and technology for achieving ideal SROI (social return on investment), to practice and promote good governance. To link business competitiveness of the corporate with social development initiatives; also to sensitize privileged children, youth and citizens in general to promote Civic Driven Change.
African Dream Foundation believes that education is both the means as well as the end to a better life: the means because it empowers an individual to earn his/her livelihood and the end because it increases one's awareness on a range of issues – from healthcare to appropriate social behaviour to understanding one's rights – and in the process help him/her evolve as a better citizen. Education is the most effective tool which helps children build a strong foundation; enabling them to free themselves from the vicious cycle of ignorance, poverty and disease.
African Dream Foundation realised that Education for Children cannot be achieved without the family, particularly, unless the mother is assured of health care and empowered. Moreover, when an elder sibling is educated and relevantly skilled to be employable and begins earning, the journey of empowerment continues beyond the present generation.
African Dream Foundation extended its thematic areas of intervention by supporting family health, livelihood, and women empowerment. Children, their families and the community become the target group for African Dream Foundation's activities as child education cannot be done in isolation and nothing else but education for children can bring long lasting change in the society.

Our Belief

African Dream Foundation believes that unless members of the civil society are involved proactively in the process of development, sustainable change will not happen. Believing in this principle of ‘Civic Driven Change’, African Dream Foundation sensitizes the civil society in order to make them partners in its mission.

Connect With Board of Advisors

African Dream Foundation is managed by a Board of Advisors comprising individuals from diverse backgrounds and expertise. The board is formed for a period of one year and a few independent members of eminence and reputation are nominated each year. Members of this board meet once every quarter.

Dr. Mike Crankson

President

PhD, MA, BA in International Business Mgt., Hight Diploma in Mgt. ...

Apostle Elijah Sackey

Vice President

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Mrs. Frances B. Crankson

Programmes Manager

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Joseph Kojo N. Aidoo

Technical Director

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Governance

Credibility and accountability have always been the bench mark for African Dream Foundation and are achieved through the promotion of principles of good governance in the processes and practices. African Dream Foundation has a four-tier audit and evaluation mechanism to ensure impact of investment and complete transparency and accountability in utilisation of funds. This four-tier audit mechanism reviews programmes and projects, internal operations, compliance of statutory norms and conducts an external evaluation for the impact and outcome of various development programmes.

The entire management processes and practices of African Dream Foundation are in compliance with the principles of good governance.

Governance is the need of the hour in the development sector in order to ensure and promote application of best management practices, compliance of law and adherence to best possible ethical standards. The entire management processes and practices of African Dream Foundation are in compliance with the principles of Good Governance

African Dream Foundation, from the inception itself, works on a delegated work environment. Each and every person in the organization is involved in the process of decision making in a scientifically designed system. Making Policy & Decision in the Foundation are done through a four tier system.

African Dream Foundation, from the inception itself, works on a delegated work environment. Each and every person in the organization is involved in the process of decision making in a scientifically designed system. Making Policy & Decision in the Foundation are done through a four tier system.

a. Departments & Divisions Monthly review meetings are held for each division and department regularly.

b. Executive Committee The Executive Committee manages the Foundation’s operation directly and it reports to the Board of Advisors. Members of this committee are professionals working with African Dream Foundation and it is mandatory to include a member from the Board of Advisors. The Executive Committee of African Dream Foundation holds a meeting each Quarter (every three months) and looks after day to day management.

c. Advisory Body The Board of Advisors comprises of technically competent people from diverse backgrounds and expertise. The body is formed for a period of one year and a few independent members with eminence and reputation are nominated each year. Members of this board also meet once every Quarter. The Board of Advisors advises the Trustees of African Dream Foundation, taking regular inputs from the Executive Committee.

d. Board of Trustees The Board of Trustees sets the vision and broad guidelines for the Foundation and ensures good governance in liaison with the Board of Advisors; although, the Board of Trustees is not involved in the day to day operation of African Dream Foundation.

African Dream Foundation encourages its partners to follow Credibility norms for ensuring good governance in the development sector. African Dream Foundation also follows norms of good governance itself.

The Foundation strives to build capabilities of its grassroots NGO partners towards good governance. The Governance & Credibility System includes a systematic set of norms, which is administered and monitored by a qualified Company Secretary.

The project management & monitoring system in African Dream Foundation comprises of a systematic and well laid down processes. These are as follow

a) Selection of NGO Partners Partners are invited or selection of partners for required locations under specified programme are done through advertisement in relevant forum, websites; and also through reference from credible partners as well as perennial ‘submit a proposal’ section on African Dream Foundation website. Also, prospective partners will submit proposals directly to the foundation round the year. Initial selection is done on these bases.

b) Desk Appraisal Prospective proposals are put through the desk appraisal process at respective programme divisions. c) Field Appraisal Short-listed proposals from desk appraisal are considered for field appraisals by the programme departments located across the Western Region.

d) Monitoring Once a partner is selected under a particular programme, an MoU is signed, guidelines and initial trainings are imparted and the particular project is started. The project is put under a systematic and periodic monitoring system. The processes include the following steps:

i. Project Auditing ii. Activity report analysis iii. Field evaluation The process of project monitoring is followed by impact analysis, which is a done internally; and external evaluation, done by an external and professional agency.

e) Impact analysis

f) External evaluation

African Dream Foundation has a four tier audit system to ensure that funds are utilized to the optimum level in an accountable manner.

A. Programme & Project Audit System – is followed to assess and ensure impact of the investment and proper use of money by its NGO partners and projects Programme & Project Auditors

B. Internal & Process Audit System – This is conducted throughout the year in order to ensure accountability in the internal operation of the organisation’s Internal & Process Auditor

C. Statutory Audit – is held by the statutory auditor for finalization of balance sheet and statement of affairs. This is also done to comply with standard statutory norms.

D. External Evaluation: On the basis of need, impact and outcome of various welfare programmes of African Dream Foundation are evaluated by external evaluation agencies having relevant experience on the subject.

E. Governance Compliance Certification: Audit reports are discussed with the Advisory Body and the Executive Committee to take suitable and necessary steps if required.

a) Online Monitoring System African Dream Foundation advocates use of technology for ensuring impartial monitoring and to cut down overhead cost. The Foundation is taking up the task of building capacities of all its NGO partners and project staffs.

b) Beneficiaries Management System A successful beneficiary management system will be operational across 100 projects in 22 districts of the Western Region. This technology is helping African Dream Foundation in tracking the progress and development of all the beneficiaries in two major national level programmes as of now.

c) Microsoft Groove – the decision making software African Dream Foundation practises participatory and democratic decision making process, which involves all possible professionals in the organisation. Microsoft Groove software is operational, connecting all major offices and divisions, since last one year.

d) Management Information System (MIS) A monthly MIS is prepared and analysed by the MIS Officers and it is submitted and discussed in Executive Committee meetings for assessing the operational activities and to do future planning.

e) Accounting System With increasing use of relevant technology in each division and department, along with projects, both quantitative and qualitative MIS are managed technologically.

The Accounts Team of African Dream Foundation consists of competent and qualified accounts professionals. The accounts are maintained on daily basis through advanced and updated computerized systems. The same is also analysed and checked periodically by the internal control system and Internal Auditor, in compliance with standardized HR and Management Policy. f) Future Technology

African Dream Foundation is exploring various technologies like GPS (Global Positioning System) to track and to do real time monitoring of all The Moment Community on Wheels projects, its proposed national mobile hospital programme.

Next in line is also video conferencing system which would eventually connect all African Dream Foundation offices and centres. It will facilitate decision making, monitoring, optimum involvement of all stake holders – including supporters, capacity building and training etc.

Our people are our assets.

African Dream Foundation believes in a democratic and participatory work culture. Appraisal and review system is conducted twice a year in a democratic way to identify the future leaders of the organization.

African Dream Foundation encourages its employees to take up higher studies so that they emerge as future leaders and grow individually as well as professionally.