Policies are nothing if they do not create systems that serve the people. McEwen and Wills (2018) state that “Philosophy tries to discover… truth and attempts to identify what is valuable and important” (p.7). This ideology deeply resonates with IBGA as we realize that empathy, advocacy, ethics, knowledge-building and continuous research are all important values that are an emerging banner of the political process in African societies.
As advocates, we understand that there are times when the people must act – even if it is difficult – and, even if it forces them to wager their reputations. Difficulty is an important part of the political process. Ethical decision making can be costly, but it is not negotiable. These are the values upon which IBGAfrica is founded.
We recognize the challenges that the electorate face and we encourage you to donate your time and talent to help us bridge the gap. The future of Africa and the ambitions of its people require our continual investment.
“An Africa of the future will be painful and challenging to create – but it will be politically, economically and culturally beneficial for us to save the soul of our continent.
We believe in encouraging the systems that solve the problems Africans face. Our research shows that in many places – take Nigeria for example – the systems are failing, and the law becomes irrelevant. We are interested in getting to the root of the problems – economic and moral depravity. Sound policies empower working systems throughout Africa. However, this requires independent ideals and thorough investment from Nigeria’s sons and daughters. Nigeria can be revived without reliance upon politicians’ religion, education, role models, upbringing, and personal exposure. Dysfunctional systems are owed to corrupt mindsets. We are focused on doing our level best to resolve inequity – as advocates, we are staged near the people confronting traditional political problems throughout the continent.