Global Alliance for Community Empowerment (GACE)
is a nonprofit organization established by
Alaffia and volunteers
from around the world.
Our mission is to empower African communities through the
advancement of fair trade, education, sustainable living, and
gender equality. This mission guides all our actions - from the
focus of our programs to how we allocate resources and report
We will achieve our mission by:
1. Drawing upon a broad base of volunteers, working
collaboratively with partners and complementing the activities
of others engaged with related missions;
2. Working with our Alaffia and volunteers around the world to
keep abreast of needs and opportunities, help monitor the
effectiveness of ongoing programs and projects, and assess the
feasibility of developing new programs that reflect our values
3. Conducting education and training activities that are focused
on the advancement of fair trade, education, sustainable living
and gender equality.
Our vision is to be an organization that aids communities in
Africa to achieve a sustainable standard of living. This vision
declares our aspirations and identifies what we are striving to
become in the years ahead. Our vision draws upon the values and
commitments that underlie our existence and provides guidance
for dealing with essential matters arising from day-to-day
events and preoccupations.
Our Values and Principles
The following principles are our rules of conduct and are
standards that guide our decisions, programs and resource
allocation. These principles are based on the values and beliefs
of people associated with our organization. Together, our
beliefs and values constitute the essence of GACE culture and
provide motivation, stability, and direction.
1. Integrity and Professionalism: The responsibility and trust
placed in GACE by supporters, volunteers, partners, and the
public must be earned every day. GACE will exercise the highest
ethical and professional standards in all of its endeavors,
provide self-evaluation, solicit feedback on progress, and be
held accountable for results.
2. Commitment to People: Success in achieving our vision and
mission depends upon the people of GACE. Our organizational
culture must encourage individuals to achieve their potential,
value their contributions, and provide opportunities to improve
personal skills and knowledge through training and education.
3. Innovation and Resourcefulness: To accomplish our goals
requires vision, resourcefulness, a responsible entrepreneurial
spirit, and adaptability to change. We encourage innovative
ideas that lead to practical applications grounded in credible
knowledge and experience.
4. Effective Partnerships: Success relies on constructive and
productive partnerships with a wide variety of individuals and
Our Strategic Goals
Our strategic goals identify and orient organizational efforts.
GACE has chosen the following four strategic goals to enhance
our organizational capacity and programs.
1. Support community programs that reflect our values and
mission in our communities in Africa.
2. Focus on programs that address at least two of our special
concerns (fair trade, gender equality, education and the
environment) and that can be realistically achieved within
resources and means.
3. Work with other organizations and individuals across the
globe who share our goals and values.
4. Serve as a model for other African and global organizations
who wish to empower their communities.