Established as a charitable foundation in 1994 by Aliko Dangote, the Foundation has a mandate to realize Aliko Dangote’s vision of an Africa whose people are healthier, better educated, and more empowered. A shift towards Africans helping Africans and Africans contributing even more to the world. The mission of the Foundation is to enhance opportunities for social change through strategic investments that improve health and wellbeing, promote quality education and broaden empowerment opportunities for individuals and communities.
“As a business leader, it is my responsibility to oﬀer jobs and opportunity – but I can only do that when the people themselves are healthy and have the basic skills. And as a philanthropist and a development expert, I have seen ﬁrst-hand the critical gaps and proven interventions that can help set those young people up for success, especially the poorest.” – Aliko Dangote (2018)
The Aliko Dangote Foundation is now the largest private foundation in sub-Saharan Africa with the largest endowment by a single donor. It is committed to improving the lives of the men, women and children in Africa and across the world. A working reality of Africans empowering Africa. The Foundation intervenes in four key areas which are HEALTH AND NUTRITION, EDUCATION, EMPOWERMENT, AND HUMANITARIAN RELIEF WITH A FOCUS ON WOMEN AND CHILDREN.
Improving the nutrition of Nigerians is a foundational element for all the work in which Aliko Dangote Foundation engages. The key objective is to minimize disease burden through improved access to quality healthcare and nutrition with a particular emphasis on children.
Aliko Dangote Foundation embraces investment in education as fundamental to the development of a nation’s human capital and the capacity of an individual to earn. The Foundation provides support at a global and local level to improve access to quality education for young people to achieve their potential.
Aliko Dangote Foundation is committed to supporting the vulnerable and enterprising groups and individuals to sustainably increase their income generation capacities. Our approach towards economic empowerment is tied to our core vision of improving nutrition outcomes given that poverty is often at the root of under-nutrition.
Conversely, under-nutrition adversely aﬀects productivity. Addressing these together can lead to more economically productive and independent adults.
The Foundation’s Micro-Grants program is providing 1,000,000 disadvantaged and vulnerable women in rural areas across every local government area in Nigeria with unconditional NGN10,000 cash transfers (often paired with a mobile phone and an electronic bank card) to boost household income and access to markets and ﬁnance.
It is important to us that we support those people whose lives have been severely impacted by unforeseen disasters. Our goal is to be responsive to the people aﬀected by disasters and help them get back on their feet.
Examples of the Foundation’s humanitarian relief eﬀorts across the world include extensive support to Internally Displaced Persons and reconstruction in North-East Nigeria, donations to UN natural disaster relief programs in Nepal and Pakistan and the Ebola response in West Africa among other global interventions.
The Aliko Dangote Foundation Integrated Nutrition is our ﬂagship program. As the foundation for human capital development, ADFIN seeks to improve the state of nutrition in Nigeria. We are the strongest advocate, the loudest voice and the most committed donor to the ﬁght against undernutrition, which claims 300,000 lives annually and cripples the future of 11 million chronically malnourished children in Nigeria.
The Foundation has committed to a new ﬂagship initiative – the Aliko Dangote Foundation Integrated Nutrition (ADFIN) Program – to tackle the scourge of hunger and malnutrition through directly reaching 1 million households with Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), access to improved water and sanitation, improved behavior change, livelihood support, strengthened local and national health systems, and global advocacy by 2025.
Since 2013, the Foundation has been working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health, and various northern State Governments to eradicate polio and strengthen routine immunization in Northern Nigeria. As a direct result of this ongoing partnership, the World Health Organization delisted Nigeria from the list of polio endemic countries in 2015.
Regrettably, the lack of access to parts of North East Nigeria due to Boko Haram activities resulted in a setback with the re-emergence of polio in the region in 2016. Nevertheless, the Partnership continues to work to sustain the gains and secure full eradication.
The Foundation partners and supports the boards of several international organizations including the SDG Center for Africa, ONE, CHAI, GAIN, GBC Education, African Philanthropy Forum, and others.
Since 2017, the Foundation and GBCHealth are partnering to work hand-in-hand with African leaders and companies — in cooperation with global businesses, philanthropists and development institutions — to establish and launch the African Business Coalition for Health (ABCHealth).
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
ADFoundation@Dangote.com (Lagos, Nigeria).
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