When mission, vision, values, and approach align, a space for innovative partnerships opens up. AiD and IDEX have taken advantage of this alignment to forge a new path for solidarity philanthropy.

International Development Exchange (IDEX) invests in initiatives led by the women, youth, and indigenous people who are solving our world's most pressing problems.

Africans in the Diaspora began a partnership with IDEX in September 2014. The partnership brought together two organizations committed to community-driven development and social justice philanthropy. AiD is being incubated by IDEX and operates as a legal entity of IDEX, receiving organizational, operational and programmatic support.

We are thrilled to support Africans in the Diaspora in its innovative work to engage the diaspora in active and transformative philanthropy. Since its founding, IDEX has worked to nurture social justice philanthropy that engages its partner organizations in the Global South as equals. We also believe strongly in the idea that diasporans around the world play a critical role in social transformation. AiD was founded on those values, and we are glad to provide the partnership and support the organization needs to continue its groundbreaking and critical work.
— Rajasvini Bhansali, Executive Director, IDEX
AiD was formed with the belief Africans abroad and on the continent have an important role to play in development in Africa. The African Diaspora send $60 billion to their families every year. If we can unleash even 1% of that amount, $300 million can go directly to community development efforts. The potential for impact is great. We are thrilled that IDEX recognizes this potential and has chosen to partner with AiD. IDEX is an organization that not only exemplifies the values of community-driven philanthropy and social justice, but one whose practice we respect deeply and from which we can learn tremendously.
— Solome Lemma, Founder and Director, AiD

IDEX and AiD work on targeted joint programming and outreach to engage diasporans in strategic philanthropy and to channel those resources to local, grassroots organizations that are transforming their communities. While AiD functions as a legal project of IDEX that is eligible for tax-deductible donations, its programs and communications remain independent. AiD is based in New York city.

About IDEX

Now in its 29th year, IDEX identifies, evaluates, and grows the best ideas from local leaders and organizations to alleviate poverty and injustice around the world. IDEX connects a passionate and engaged network of supporters to the visionary leaders and organizations creating lasting solutions to their communities’ most pressing challenges. Learn more at www.idex.org.