- Organization Name:Africa Development Corps (ADC)
- Address:KG 572 St, Plot 16
The mission of ADC is to promote economic and social justice in the developing world through grassroots programs and communities of self-reliant volunteers.
Africa Development Corps (ADC) is an international nonprofit development and volunteer organization headquartered in Washington DC with field offices in Uganda, Liberia, Rwanda and Tanzania. Over the past twenty-six years, ADC has evolved into a well-known and effective development organization working in education, HIV/AIDS and agriculture. ADC achieves its objectives by forming strong partnerships between the local communities, staff and volunteers who work on its development programs.
Initially ADC concentrated most of its efforts on recruiting skilled individuals to
work in Africa as long-term volunteers. ADC has recently identified and worked
to address the needs of its communities through the implementation of effective
development projects. ADC provides transitional development and relief assistance and in so doing, facilitates the empowerment of the local community.
ADC currently has 60 full-time staff and 10 international volunteers worldwide, and an annual budget of US$1.2 million. It has received support for its programs from USAID, PEPFAR, HRSA, USDA, UNICEF, U.S. State Department, WFP, FAO, UNDP, UNHCR, the European Union, Swiss Development Cooperation, SV, CRS and thousands of individuals. ADC is audited each year and is a registered PVO with USAID. ADC is part of the U.S. Combined Federal Campaign.
ADC's education programs have focused on early childhood development, primary and secondary education, vocational training, adult literacy, library management and the provision of books and learning materials. The programs have benefited local communities and refugees in Liberia, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa.
Africa Development Corps (ADC), previously known as Visions in Action, was founded by Shaun Skelton in 1989. While lecturing on management at the University of Nairobi during the 1988-89 school year, Shaun discovered that nonprofit organizations in Kenya had a great need for different types of volunteers; ones who worked in an urban setting, at a computer in an office, designing brochures and writing funding proposals, as opposed to more traditional rural field work. Also, there was a need for volunteers in nontraditional sectors of development such as human rights, democratization and journalism. For more than 25 years, ADC has fulfilled this need by sending volunteers to the developing world to work for grassroots organizations working in these sectors.
The US office opened in September 1989 in a large group house in northwest Washington DC. In setting up its housing in urban Africa, ADC followed the community group house model of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in US cities. From an initial 15 volunteer placements in Kenya, over the years more than 800 volunteers have participated in ADC programs overseas. Revenue comes from program fees, individual donations, in-kind support, foundation grants and special events.
ADC currently has classic volunteer programs (based on the original volunteer model) in Liberia, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. In addition, ADC runs its own development programs in the aforementioned countries . Supported volunteers are placed in ADC’s development programs.
- Year established:1989
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
- IRS Section:501(c)(3)
- IRS Subsection:Operating
Types of funding being sought (i.e. funding type)
- None specified
Program areas of focus and activity (i.e. funding cause)
- None specified
Geographic areas of focus and activity (i.e. geographic area)
- None specified