Founded by Gervanne and Matthias Leridon in 2009, in response to the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the African Artists for Development (AAD) endowment fund supports community development projects linked to the work of contemporary African artists. The Clinton Global Initiative has honored the organization’s original approach, and the AAD has been named an observer member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). African Artists for Development was born out of the deep-seated conviction that the commitment of contemporary African artists to development projects is one of the best ways to build a better future for the continent.
By initiating this artistic event, AAD supports the concept that contemporary African artists are also participants in building the future of their continent through the meaning, conscience and esthetics inherent in their work. AAD’s various programs touched the lives of more than one million Africa men, women and children in 2015.
In particular: – Inhabitants of UNHCR refugee camps in Chad, the Central African Republic, Burundi, Burkina Faso and the Democratic Republic of the Congo participated in our Refugees on the Move program, which uses contemporary dance as a tool for psychological recovery and social and cultural mediation within the camps.
Disadvantaged students in South African townships took part in Township Orchestra, a program utilizing music as a means of reintegration for families and academic achievement for students.
Students in Cotonou, Benin are now able to take advantage of the first Beautiful Library of Benin on a daily basis.
People in the Democratic Republic of the Congo suffering from AIDS have been accepted, supported and cared for. Some 250,000 copies of the comic book/prevention tool, Les Diamants de Kamituga, has generated a 40% increase in HIV screening tests in South Kivu Province.