ACPF to me is about passion. A passion for African children and passionate about making a difference.
ACPF is about being seen and heard and persevering even when the going gets tough. ACPF is definitely not about security (given their registration-less period); nor about routine work (given the abundant flow of ideas and publications); and it is not about being average (given their high self-imposed quality criteria).
I have always been impressed with the constant flow of creativity which the organisation managed to produce – let me correct that: which ACPF’s staff managed to produce. Always remaining positive and open to discuss any challenge which came their way. While I have known ACPF ever since its start-up, my most intense interaction was when building a strategic partnership between ACPF and Plan International around 2010. Plan International was the seemingly ‘bigger’ partner and could therefore be perceived as more ‘powerful’. But ACPF equaled (if not outsized) this international organization in terms of its political influence and the power to change things. And reflecting back, after all these years, what stays with me can only be expressed in the words of Margaret Meade: “Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”