CIDAF-UCM until June 2021 was known as “África Fundación Sur” (AFS) works, since 1979, in the: information, education, documentation, promotion of JPIC, dialogue and integral development, in all that concerns the African continent. AFS includes: CARITAS, Manos Unidas and M. of Africa.
The target groups are: the young people and educators, the social leaders, politicians, business people and the Spanish speaking world.
The means at our disposal are: The Web and TIC, Courses, Interviews in TV, Radio, Publications and the networking with other groups interested in Africa. We have two professionals and dozens of voluntaries who are essential collaborators.
We wish to share with you some Impact Indicators, to see the relevance of AFS:
Our Web of AFS has become a reference in the Spanish speaking world to better know: the African news (15-20 daily), analyses, articles, events, relevant studies and publications on Africa. This Web receives every day as an average: 3.100 different visits. In Twitter, we have 2.897 followers, and in Facebook we have 5.000 followers. AFS sends an African News Bulletin to 2.600 email addresses, every week. AFS publishes also the news of the African Church and of the 150 Anniversary of the M.Afr.
AFS produces and presents three types of Radio Programs:
“Africania”, consists in one hour program, with: editorial, news on Africa, interviews, flavored with African music. This program is presented to the “Union of Regional Radios” of Spain and South America, and 35 regional and local radios broadcast regularly our programs, which receive 108 downloads a week (5.605 a year).
“La otra cara de Africa” consists in a five minutes program to present the other face or less known face of Africa. The same 35 radios station broadcast our program which receives 57 downloads a week (3.012 a year).
“Africa Hoy” (Africa Today) is a program of the Spanish National Radio Group (RTVE). This program consists of an interview, every Friday, lasting 20-30 minutes, to analyze the most relevant news and events which have taken place during the week in the African Continent. This program has the capacity to reach several millions of Spanish speaking citizens in the world.
AFS presents different themes on Africa, in five universities, every academic year. Some 3.360 students per academic year benefit from these courses. Some 40 university students do their end of studies practice with AFS, every year.
During 2019, AFS has presented seminars and reports, on 18 African countries, to the personnel of “Profuturo”, a Foundation of “Telefonica”, for a contribution of 33.000e. Also in 2019, AFS has also initiated, with the UCM, a course on African philosophy, on line, with eight students who did it.
AFS has an excellent position in the main searching programs (SEO), like Google Spain, where AFS is found in the first places, in all Africa related topics.
Africa in the Schools and Libraries:
These are two programs of “Formal Education” and “Informal Education” which we have carried out for years, and over 500 pupils have benefited annually from such programs. A very interesting and intercontinental program has been elaborated, in collaboration with the African Universities (Ugandan Martyrs University, University of Ibadan and Kwame Nkrumah University) and three European ones (University of Malaga, Complutense of Madrid and UNED).
AFS as a venue of Encounter:
We hold every week, in our premises, some new books and thesis presentations, written on Africa, by African or other writers.
The 25 African Ambassadors in Madrid always invited AFS to their celebrations and general meetings. When an African President comes in official visit to Spain, the King and government usually invite AFS to attend.
We host every day some 4/5 African youth, who come to our Centre to remain informed about their own Countries of origin. We also welcome daily some 2/3 researchers and African religious, who come to consult our library, which holds 24.000 volumes on África.
We sincerely thank you for your concern and for all your support to enable us carry on these activities.
Lázaro Bustince. M.Afr.
Director of AFS.