Aspirations, Strategy and Core Program areas

• To become a center of excellence in policy research and leadership facilitation.
• To work in an independent and non-partisan manner.
• To work for increased accessibility and utilization of services and problem solving actions for improved well being of ordinary people

In its development philosophy as a leadership oriented organization, AFLI believes; “the bottle-neck is at the top of the bottle” – it is a leadership question! Priority is therefore given to activities that empower leaders’ capacities at different levels of decision making (Household, Community, Local, National and Regional Governments) to monitor, oversee, advocate for and adopt actions that increase access (supply) and utilization (demand) of services and problem solving solutions.
In addition to AFLI’s work on policy development, legislative, training programs, cross-border peace support actions and security sector reforms at high levels, priority project activities at grassroots’ levels focus on the creation and spreading of awareness in areas of public health, education, comprehensive and integrated HIV/AIDS service provision, gender based violence reduction, trauma counseling and healing, accelerated child and maternal survival, poverty reduction, civil-military cooperation, and behavioral change leading to improved quality of life and socio-economic well being of ordinary people.
As a major front-line actor in cross-border initiatives for peace and development, the Institute works with peripheral communities living across common borders including refugees and host communities and other most at risk populations to transform these conflict ridden corridors into spaces for peace, cross-border collaboration, trade and development.

In order to achieve AFLI’s’ vision and mission, the Institute has 5 inter-connected core program areas:
1) Applied policy research and rapid appraisals for evidence based advocacy, informed policy decisions, training and project intervention designs;
• Undertake action based research on topical issues for consensus building, leaders’ and governance institutional performance and citizens’ positive health seeking behaviours and wellbeing.
• Parliamentary and other institutions performance scorecards
2) Promote civic engagements
• To establish beneficial partnerships with media houses and practitioners to foster engagements between
leaders and citizens on topical peace and development issues being addressed.
• Build capacities of CBOs and network with other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in facilitating strategic
and structured civic engagements for effective project outcomes.
3) Nurture future leaders (youth) in democratic governance, accountability and community outreach
• Develop coaching and mentorship program for young leaders.
• Institute recognition mechanisms for exemplary students’ guild leaders
• Envisioning of youth and women-led transformative leadership agenda
4) Support to community based Leaders in Accelerated socio-economic development
• Strengthening capacities of community leaders in areas of monitoring, oversight and advocacy
• Creating awareness, enhancing knowledge and Skills to positively influence decision making and attitudes at household and community levels

5)Facilitate Regional Solidarity and Cross-border initiatives
• Promote a common understanding of historical roots and identity of cross-border communities to attain durable Peace, Security and Development
• Generate consensus among cross-border people and their regional leaders on addressing persistent failures and adopting practical actions for improved living conditions.
• Promote mutual collaboration between customary and formal leadership structures to enhance behavioral change leading to positive health and livelihood outcomes and economic interdependence.