Agility expands African CSR commitment
Agility and the Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) have teamed up to fund the education of more than 100 girls in Ghana.
The leading global logistics provider will pay school costs for girls whose families do not have the financial means to send them to secondary school, providing support that includes school fees, uniforms and education supplies.
It will do this through Camfed, an international organisation tackling poverty and inequality through assistance to girls and young women, which bear the brunt of the impact of poverty in rural Africa.
As Agility has expanded business operations in Africa, it also has been increasing its social commitment. Efforts to support health and education programs for women and girls have been a centrepiece of Agility’s community involvement in the 100-plus countries where it operates.
“In the rural communities where we work, chronic poverty excludes many girls from education, especially at secondary level, where costs rise sharply, and distances to schools are much greater,” said Dolores Dickson, executive director of Camfed Ghana. “Camfed works with communities, schools, authorities and generous donor partners like Agility to rewrite the future of these girls, who then become mentors and role models for other girls.”
Research shows that many girls in rural Africa are so determined to access education that they put themselves at considerable risk to raise the money, heading to towns to work as street porters or maids, vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.
“Social development alongside our commercial development is important to Agility. Without it our businesses can’t grow and operate as we would wish,” said Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa. “Social inclusion is a core value for us. Education is one of the best investments we can make to alleviate poverty and create a better world. It has an incredible multiplier effect, and it provides returns for generations.”
Agility’s commercial logistics and infrastructure businesses operate throughout Africa. In Accra, Ghana, Agility recently opened the first of what is to be a pan-African network of international-standard distribution and office parks, an investment that will stimulate growth and trade, support small and medium-size businesses, and create jobs and prosperity in Africa.