ACORD launches its new website

Nairobi, Kenya - 16 May 2013 - The Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD) today relaunched its website, with a new design and structure developed to make it easier to share interactive news about social justice in Africa. The site includes sections with much clearer access to community voices and to key ACORD information, including the Agency's advocacy initiatives, blogs, leadership, programmes and information about partners - presented in a more navigable and fully searchable interface. The site was designed and built by our partner Chameleon Interactive.

This new website represents a significant step in ACORD's commitment to leading a Pan African civic-driven movement towards social justice, making it easier for us to engage with all stakeholders in a specific and adapted manner, for greater impact in defending the rights of the most marginalized in Africa. Our website is also an interactive platform for African civil society and African citizens to maketheir voices heard and for our supporters to engage with them directly.

"While we have always made best practice information available publicly, we have not had arobust and truly interactive platform to engage with those who can change Africa and the world - citizens themselves, the media, governments, donors,corporations and individuals like you and me...- and to put ACORD's many activities and programmes in context. This website brings us forward as a Pan African organization with a strongly public mission. I would like to thank all of you who shared feedback and suggestions on the ways to improve our website and we hope that you will visit us online very often, spread the word!" Ousainou Ngum, ACORD Executive Director.

Still present in the new layout are the 5 main sections: About us, Our work, Community, News and Jobs- providing visitors with general information, the latest news from ACORD, aswell as current vacancies. However, created with the user experience in mind, the new design also makes it easier to navigate through the various sections and provides easier access to information. Featured on the homepage is the new central slideshow, which showcases important highlights, ranging from the latest news updates to ACORD impact reports and documentaries. Another feature is our online store- Shop for Good, where visitors can help support ACORD by buying gifts or products or by choosing to make a donation to where it's needed. 92% of our revenues are directly allocated to our programmes in 18 African countries, keeping our organisational costs to a minimum. And indeed, more prevalent on the new website are the voices of the communities we work with and for. Testimonies, pictures, field visits and more are now even more accessible to visitors who can take the opportunity to learn about how ACORD works in each region and the tangible changes that continue to be implemented. Take this opportunity to interact with them, real stories, real people, real impact!

And there is more, you can also interact and work with us on our social media pages in English andFrench...Post and tweet on our pages they are also yours, and invite your friends, followers and networks to do the same!

Facebook: ACORD English and ACORD French  
Twitter: ACORDAfrica and ACORDAfrique  

Please feel free to share your feedback with us as this is what will help us improve the way we work and communicate. Write to us and tell us what you think!

ACORD Team
ACORD. Defending rights. Promoting justice.

Contact us at: communications@acordinternational.org or +254202721172/85/86

ACORD, the Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development, is a Pan African organization working for social justice and development in 18 African countries since 1976, particularly on issues of women's rights, HIV/AIDS and the right to health, sustainable livelihoods and peace building. We believe that people themselves are the primary actors in their own development and through civic driven change African citizens can have the ability to transform their future. ACORD is an NGO with Special Consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC)