The African Initiative for Mankind Progress Organization, formerly known as African Indigenous Minorities Peoples’ Organization , was created in 2001 by the people from indigenous communities known as BATWA.
AIMPO is a community - centered, grassroots organization in Rwanda that seeks to protect and promote the rights, welfare and development of the Indigenous Batwa.
The Batwa (Twa) are believed to be the original inhabitants of the Great Lakes of Central Africa. 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, conflict leading to violence, and conservation in the name of development. The remaining forest dwelling Twa Volcanos National Park, Gushwati Forest, and Nyungwe National Park were expelled from their lands as recently as 1994 without consultation, compensation or adequate remuneration.
These communities were integrated into Rwandan society at the lowest level, forced to adapt a sedentary way of life with inadequate state support. Today, with an estimated population of 25,000 to 30,000 people, the Twa face unique challenges and uncer tainties related to socio - economic deprivation, high unemployment and underemployment, social discrimination, and acute political marginalization.
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.
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.