CHARACTERISTICS OF AN AFD PROJECT
what we look for in our projects
|1. Sustainable and self-seeding||2. Locally embedded and adapted||3. Clearly defined and realistic|
|An AFD project is sustainable in two
1. It does not jeopardise the future
social, economic and ecological
well-being of any stakeholder.
2. It does not depend on the continuous
input of AFD students for its continued
impact. It is thus self-sustaining.
The effects of an AFD project propagate
themselves after the AFD students
conclude their work.
|An AFD project does not operate in a
vacuum, but engages with the local
community of the project location
through inclusion, cooperation and
An AFD project is created and executed
with knowledge of and in cooperation
with the project locality and local
population to ensure cultural awareness
and local embeddedness.
|An AFD project consists of a clearly
defined assignment that is expressed as
a series of questions, tasks or goals
drafted and executed in cooperation
with a highly dedicated partner.
An AFD project is realistic and thus
achievable for a group of students
without expecting specific experience
other than their academic background
within the timespan of an academic
|4. Justifiable and forethoughtful||5. Defined social impact and clear value added|
|The outcome of the project in terms of
contribution to the partner’s goals and
student’s experience can justify the costs
of the project covered by anyone
An AFD project is part of a bigger plan
and directly related to the realisation of its
|The intended impact of the project and
how it will be achieved is clear from the
The added value is clear from the fact that
the student’s work cannot be or is not
done by someone else because of
financial, knowledge or time constraints.
how projects are carried out, in short
|Students participating in an AFD project will be working during a full academic year in a multidisciplinary team of 4 – 5 students on an advisory assignment in cooperation with an NGO, a company or a start-up. During the summer months students will carry out their project in reality. Each AFD-team will be accompanied by a coach with work experience. In this way, students won’t have to figure things out all on their own. In addition, there are support teams on which they can rely when having questions. AFD provides support by professionals in the field of business economics, law, finance and IT. Teams will have meetings with their participating organisation on a regular basis to receive feedback on what they have already achieved.
The composition of the team of students will depend on the needs of the project, by which each project requires a multidisciplinary team. No matter your academic background, we would like to welcome you at AFD. Motivation is key!
|An AFD project starts mid October and runs throughout the entire academic year. During the project’s preparation, students will meet with their team, potential partners and experts and do some autonomous work as well. To ensure the smooth running of the prep, intermediate deadlines will be imposed and there will be feedback on a regular basis. After the Easter break, the final presentations take place and the students will have to submit a report, after which they will work specifically towards their stay in the country in which the project will be carried out. During the summer, the project students travel and put the project into practice. After their return, they are expected to submit a final report.|