BANKING ON AFRICA'S FUTURE
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Banking on Africa's Future.

As we begin to convert an idea into an institution the first thing that comes to mind is the constitution. We often take for granted the enterprise of institution building.

We are privileged to have among us, person like Barbara Nyagomo who has taken the initiative to write a draft constitution that can be used as we convert the idea of BOAF into action.

Where ever you are located, you have to think about putting in place the foundation of an organization that can then be used to do the kind of things that we want to see.

What is a constitution?

”A constitution is a set of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which an organization is governed. These rules together make up, i.e. constitute, what the entity is. When these principles are written down into a single or set of legal documents, those documents may be said to comprise a written constitution.”

Please review the draft set out below and be generous with your comments.

BANK ON AFRICA FUTURE (BOAF)

 CONSTITUITION

AIMS/OBJECTS

 To build a reputable image of the roots and origins of the African community

 To establish Community Centres to be the focal point to meet, interact, share ideas, conduct workshops to advance African cultural heritage, art, music, teach other languages and English

 To improve the quality of life among African communities living around the world.

 To build a strong and vibrant global community groups, through effective communication and mutual respect across all sections of our communities.

 To work with other agencies like Immigration, Education Authorities, Charitable Organisations, Police, Community Constabulary Services, Prisons, Health etc by providing translators, support workers and counsellors.

 To work with local Members of Parliaments and other Government Ministries. Globally liase with the United Nations, African Union, SADC, ECOWAS, Central African Union, Embassies and Relevant Authorities.

 To be a drop in centre for African asylum seekers, destitutes or people stranded.

 To effectively work with all healthcare bodies in providing awareness, health education and promotion e.g. HIV and AIDS, Deaf, blind, Deaf ,blind and disability issues and chronic conditions like Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart conditions, infectious diseases

 Work alongside youth to develop sustainable projects for the future e.g. plan and organise an annual International African Youth Conference.

 Support African Community globally to engage in sustainable projects that will benefit generations and stop donor dependency syndrome.

 To lobby for financial support and bursaries to enable members to acquire skills and gain professional qualifications from higher institutions, to empower and advise members on possible career options.

 To promote and advise government and organisations on human rights….promote, conflict resolution, reconciliation, diversity, equality and inclusion for all people.

 To promote environment awareness.

 To provide various outings and parties in order to assist our Members to overcome social isolation.

 To liaise with other grassroots and international organisations, to establish a positive network of like minded people working and supporting the values and concepts of BOAF.

POWERS OF BOAF ORGANISATION

The group shall have the powers to: a) Employ staff, who shall not be Management Committee Members to further the objects of the group. b) Raise funds to pursue the above objectives. c) Do such things as are lawful and necessary in order to pursue the objectives of the group.

MEMBERSHIP

a) Membership is open to all people who are aged 18 and over, membership of the group shall be automatic regardless of colour, creed, race, religious belief, political opinion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

b) Junior Members: Membership of this group is open to all persons under the age of 18 who support the above objectives (known as Junior Members) but shall not have the right to vote at either Management or General Meetings. They can form their own working group, which can be represented by an observer with speaking rights on the Organising Committee.

SUBSCRIPTION

a) USD 24 per year to all members.(just a suggestion as we need the money for projects and to invest)

b) The Working Committee shall have the right to introduce or waive the subscription charges.

MANAGEMENT

a)The Organisation shall be managed by a Working Committee comprising of ……… (number)members,…….. ( number) which shall be founder members and the other …….. shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting.

b) The General Committee shall consist of a Chairperson, Secretary and a Treasurer. These Officers duly elected will have right to vote on the General Meeting.

c) If a vacancy occurs amongst the members of the Committee, the Working Committee shall have the power to fill it from the existing members. The appointment will have to be ratified at the Annual General Meeting.

d) The Working Committee shall have the right to nominate sub-committee consisting of the Officers or Members in order to facilitate different programmes and activities.

Role of Ambassador

• Hold a Consultant/Advisor role to the managing committee and also advise on how funding should be directed.

• Be an active member of BOAF and hold equal voting rights as committee members. To be able to vote via email or by-proxy and not necessarily by attending meetings face to face.

• To act as a figure head or face for BOAF organisation and the ’Ubuntu’ concept and philosophy.

• Does not have to be present at all meetings but should receive minutes and updates of major changes or events via email.

• Is welcome to promote BOAF in anyway he/she feels fit e.g. through international visits etc.

• Can step-down as Ambassador at any time he/she feels necessary.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Working Committee may convene a Special General Meeting of the Group at any time (or within 12 months since the last meeting) ensuring they give 21 days’ notice period to Members, and state the purpose of the meeting. These may include:

• Receiving the Annual Report of the Committee

• Receiving the independently examined accounts

• Electing a new committee and voting, if necessary on proposals to amend the constitution.

FINANCE

a) All monies raised by or on behalf of the Group shall be applied to further the objectives of the Group and no other purpose.

b) The Treasurer shall keep proper account of the finances of the Group and shall open a bank account in the name of the Group. All cheques or authorisation shall be jointly signed by the Vice Chairperson and Treasurer and one other Officer, namely Secretary.

ALTERATIONS TO THE CONSTITUITION

Any alteration to the constitution shall require the approval of two-thirds majority of those present and voting at an Annual General Meeting.

DISSOLUTION

If the Committee should decide by a simple majority that it is necessary or advisable to dissolve BOAF Organisation it shall call a meeting of all members of the Group, with at least 21 days notice, stating the terms of the resolution to be proposed to the meeting.

If the decision is confirmed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at the meeting, the committee shall have the power to dispose of any assets held by BOAF Organisation.

Any assets remaining after the satisfaction of any debts and liabilities shall be transferred to another organisation that shall use it towards charitable purposes which will benefit a local community committee/group as approved at the meeting.

ACCEPTANCE

This constitution was adopted as the constitution of Global BOAF Organisation at a public meeting held at…………………………………………………. On……………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………
CHAIRPERSON …………………………………………………………………………………………………………
TREASURER …………………………………………………………………………………………………………

SECRETARY
Kindest Regards
Ms Barbara Nyagomo
Director
1 Million Zimbabwean Voices
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Social Work Degree(studying) 2014
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Social and Political Activist
Southern Africans Achievers Awards UK Business
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