LINC- Africa has voted by acclamation and installed into their functions some Board members to add to and constitute the Governance Structure of the network. This took place December 21, 2020, during a virtual General Assembly meeting that brought together 14 of the 16 delegates across Africa.
Installing the delegates, the Chairman of LINC Africa, Mr. Greaterman Chivandire thanked them for voluntarily opting to take up the responsibility to move the activities of the network forward.
Installed into the various offices were: Leonard Nkunzu Muhari as Vice Chair, Mr. Twagirimana Eugene and Mrs. Allopenou as representatives of the French block, Mrs. Agho Glory, and Mr. Vincent Ogutu to represent the English block. They come from Burundi, Rwanda, Togo, Cameroon, and Kenya respectively. This team comes in to join the Chairman of the network who is from Zimbabwe and the Coordinator, Mr. Awa Jacques Chirac from Cameroon to constitute the Board.
Addressing all network members, the representative of the Liliane Foundation, Mr. Bernard Morvan, himself a board member, appreciated them for their work and encouraged more commitment that will go a long way to realize LINC Africa vision for an inclusive society where children, youngsters, adolescents with disabilities can enjoy their rights in equal conditions and in a dignified manner.
The General Assembly also witnessed the unanimous approval and endorsement of the Organization’s Charter, a document that was worked on and reviewed by all members before its presentation at the General Assembly. This document alongside the approved activity and work plan will guide the activities of LINC Africa beginning January 2021.
LINC Africa is an inclusive network that was officially launched in Kigali in April 2017 to promote a broader vision of societies where children with disabilities are fully included in all aspects of life and meaningfully participate in decisions that affect their wellbeing. Its specific mission is to promote inclusive development on the African continent through capacity strengthening, learning, joint advocacy, and implementation of programs, with a focus on promoting the full and effective enjoyment of human rights by all children, youngsters, and adolescents with disabilities.
In line with values upheld by the LINC Global Network, the core values which all the regional networks including the African Region strive to uphold are Equality, Diversity, Professionalism, Independence, and Efficiency.
The Secretariat of the Network is hosted in Cameroon under the Socio-Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SEEPD) of the CBC Health Services.