EAT supports organisations working in Sub-Saharan Africa that encourage sound environmental management and biodiversity conservation through a strong community economic development focus to achieve sustainable livelihoods.
Going further, with its revival also recognising a renewal of its values, EATís vision is to be a UK Charity supporting appropriate projects operated by NGOs and other recognised bodies in Africa. It aims to operate flexibly and with minimal overheads or permanent infrastructure so that it can maximise support to overseas organisations. It emphasises African partner NGOs taking the lead to define their needs and aspirations and the ways in which EAT can provide assistance. Where expert technical assistance is required it should be contracted by EAT according to need, allowing flexibility in the type, location and duration of support and reducing expensive UK infrastructure. It is the view of EAT that development of the economies and conservation of the habitats of the South will only come about through listening to and engaging with those from the South who articulate the needs of their own communities.
EAT recognises the growing interrelationship and interdependence between the environment and development fields, and aims to support African projects which share this recognition and work to bring about a productive and sustainable combination of both to the benefit of rural communities.
MCDI is the first such project. EAT is also opening up discussions with other potential African partners in several other sub-Saharan countries in Africa.