African Initiatives For Relief & Development

About us

About Us African Initiatives for Relief and Development (AIRD) was founded in 2006 in Kampala, Uganda by a small group of individuals who envisioned an African-initiated organization that could deliver world-class humanitarian support for those displaced by conflict and other disasters. Since its creation, AIRD has been playing a unique role in enabling humanitarian responses; and positively impacting and saving lives of more than 20 million people across Africa. To achieve this, AIRD has been working with various strategic partners, including Governments of countries where we have a presence, and donors, including, UNHCR, UNICEF, USAID, UNDP, WFP, OCHA, IOM, among others. AIRD’s key focus areas have primarily been the transportation of refugees & nonfood items (logistics) and extensive construction & infrastructure developments, including shelters, bridges, hospitals, schools, roads, etc. Other activities include fuel management, fleet management, warehouse management, workshop management, Livelihood projects, and Water Sanitation & hygiene (WASH). AIRD currently works in 12 countries, including, Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Burundi, Niger, Cote D’Ivoire, Tanzania, South Sudan, and Uganda.

Our Vision Building Resilient Communities of displaced and host communities through Sustainable Development

Our Mission To enable the compassionate movement of those displaced by natural or man-made disasters to safety, and provide them and their host communities with opportunities to build their lives and thrive for the long term

Our Objective AIRD’s objective is to offer operational support, including but not limited to supply chain, logistics, construction, infrastructure, environment, livelihoods, and WASH in partnership with relief and development organizations that focus on disaster-affected and development-oriented areas.

What we do

Our Priority Areas

According to UNHCR, there have never been more refugees or displaced people in the world as there are today. Tens of millions of people have been forced from their homes and require substantial support as they struggle to make sense of the dismal situations they find themselves in.

Our Team

Board Members

Eng. Banteyehun Haile

Board Chair

Speciosa Kabwegyere

Vice Chair Person

Charles Kyatto Kirenda

Board Patron

Mekuria Almaz Gebru

Board Member

Alemayehu Fisseha

Board Member

Fikru Abebe Abebe

Board Secretary/Non voting member
Leadership Team

Top Management

Fikru Abebe Abebe

Chief Executive Officer / Board Secretary

Merc Meyer

Director of Programs

Oumar N'diaye

Director - Business Development and Strategic Partnerships