On Saturday, the 27th of August 2016, key organization leaders drawn from Churches, Christian NGO's and Christian run businesses in Africa and beyond, came together to celebrate the official launch of The African Council for Accreditation and Accountability (AfCAA) in Nairobi. The launch coincided with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) – an American financial standards association representing evangelical Christian organizations with over 2,100 member organizations across America – and AfCAA.
ECFA’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, John Van Drunen, noted that this was a pivotal moment for Africa and lauded the leadership team for the progress they have made. John also highlighted that the working relationship between the two organizations as spiritual co-labourers enhancing stewardship and trust in churches and Christian organizations and is based on respect.
“AfCAA and ECFA are spiritual co-labourers and the signed MOU signals the continued relationship between the two organizations built on mutual admiration and respect.” AfCAA’s Executive Director, Mrs. Emily Chengo, who also serves as Treasurer and Board member of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa, expressed excitement about AfCAA’s future, saying it affirms the growing need for accountability and trust amongst Christian run organizations in the continent. Towards this effort AfCAA will be holding a capacity building seminar in Nairobi on the 13th October, 2016 to help organizations understand the seven standards of AfCAA.
AfCAA’s Board Vice Chair, Mr. Jonathan Onigbinde, said that AfCAA was an organization whose time has come. Mr. Onigbinde, who hails from Nigeria, also revealed that the first 12 organizations to successfully go through the AfCAA accreditation process in every country in Africa would receive founding charter status in the organization.