Center for the Promotion of Human Rights and Development in Africa

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Who we are

CPHDA focuses on the intersection of the environment and economic development. We go beyond research to put ideas into action, working globally with governments, business, and civil society to build transformative solutions that protect the earth and improve people’s lives.

Solutions to Pressing Development Challenges

CPHDA’s transformative ideas protect the earth, promote development, and advance social equity because sustainability is essential to meeting basic human needs today, and fulfilling future human aspirations.

Practical Strategies for Change

CPHDA spurs progress by providing practical strategies for change and effective tools to implement them. Our success is measured in the form of new policies, products, and practices that change the ways governments interact, organizations operate, and people and communities act

African Action

We operate in Africa  becausenever before, has the future of the continent be so critical. We are avid communicators because people everywhere are inspired by ideas, empowered by knowledge, and moved to change by greater understanding. We provide innovative paths to a sustainable planet through work that is accurate, fair, and independent.


Our Mission & Goals

Our mission is to move African societies to live in ways that protect their environment, human rights, provide education for all, build sustainable developement solutions and their capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

We organize our work around six key programmatic goals:


Empower people and strengthen institutions to foster environmentally sound and socially equitable decision-making.Support and strengthen democratic institutions in Africa through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.



CPHDA’s education division focuses on three major areas: literacy and basic education, youth livelihoods and workforce development, and the application of technologies.



Improving the health of the world's women, men and children is core to our mission. Good health is the cornerstone of community and economic development.We take an integrated, comprehensive approach to understanding what people need to be healthy and to researching and addressing the health challenges they face. Our analyses and interventions are evidence-based and accountable to the communities we serve, as well as to our funders and other partners.


Human Rights


Sustainable development

Reverse rapid degradation of ecosystems and assure their capacity to provide humans with needed goods and services


Market and Enterprise

Harness markets and enterprise to expand economic opportunity and protect the environment. We provide farmers and cooperatives with the necessary tools diversify crops, increase productivity, and access markets. We believe market diversification is an important element of sustainability in a dynamic industry that is continually adapting to change.


Our Values

  • Innovationin every aspects of our sphere of intervention, thus meeting  the evolving needs of our beneficiaries, funders and partners.
  • Mutual Respect for diversity and cultural differences.
  • Passion driven by the desire to effect positive differences in the communities where we work.
  • Accountability for our work, measuring, reporting and continually improving all that we do. 
  • Commitment to Excellence assured by the highest ethical, quality, operational performance and scientific standards. 
  • Teamwork across disciplines and geographies, within the organization and with our partners.