- To promote the individual and collective rights of Historically Marginalized People ;
- To facilitate sustainable development in Historically Marginalized People communities, and ;
- To accelerate the social, political and economic integration of Historically Marginalized People into Rwandan society.
To advance the cause and integration of Marginalised People in a society where all citizens should be equal in political decision-making and live without discrimination.
History Of AIMPO
The African Initiative for Mankind Progress Organization, formerly known as African Indigenous Minorities Peoples’ Organization , was created in 2001 by the people from Historically Marginalised People formerly as Batwa.
AIMPO is a community – centered, grassroots organization in Rwanda that seeks to protect and promote the rights, welfare and development of the Historically Marginalised People/HMP.
Who Are The Batwa
The Batwa (Twa) are believed to be the original inhabitants of the Great Lakes of Central Africa(Lewis 2006). The equatorial forests were their homelands, providing them with sustenance, medicine and sacred sites and rituals. Over the course of several decades, the Twa were gradually evicted from their traditional lands owing to deforestation and conservation in the name of development. The remaining forest dwelling Twa Volcano National Park, Gishwati Forest, and Nyungwe National Park were expelled from their lands as recently as 1994 without consultation, compensation or adequate remuneration.
Today, with an estimated population of 25,000 to 30,000 people, the Twa face unique challenges related to socio – economic deprivation, high unemployment and underemployment.
AIMPO has a Board of Administrative Council. The Board of administrative council of AIMPO is elected for a renewable five-year principal. It has all the administrative and management powers. The Board of Directors includes within a board consisting of president, vice president, treasurer and two advisors. The president of the administrative council is the Legal Representative of the organization and he/she has all the powers to initiate the Organization and negotiate any agreement worth of the Organization.
The Board of administrative council meets in ordinary session once quarterly, but may meet in an extraordinary manner whenever the interest of Organization required. The board of administrative council has power to nominate Executive Director and it has competence to present General Assembly, to adopt laws and internal Regulation of AIMPO, to replace and establish Signatories and to recruit agents.
Leadership And Management
AIMPO is managed by an executive board headed by Executive Director that is supported by operational/program staff. The overall role of the Executive Board is to implement the decisions and recommendations of the General Assembly contained in the year plan. The Executive Board composed of Executive Director, Deputy Director, accountant and heads of program. AIMPO executive board is committed to equality and complimentary dedicated to improve situation of beneficiaries.