The Perivoli Foundation is a UK charity established in 2019.
Its trustees are James Alexandroff OBE, Barry McCorkell and Hugh Grootenhuis.

MISSION

Our mission is to empower in the belief that the choices people make for themselves are invariably the better ones.

FOCUS

Our focus is on Africa. The Continent is forecast to account for 40% of the world’s population by 2100 from 17% today.

On the current trajectory, job creation won’t keep up, resources will come under increasing strain and poverty ever more pervasive.

GOAL

Our goal is to contribute to solutions in education, agriculture, wealth creation, policy implementation and climate adaptation.

We hope that, in combination, our efforts will help to empower people to select leaders who are willing to introduce inclusive political and economic institutions, allow free markets to function, facilitate unfettered ownership of land and promote education, enterprise and innovation.

Given the rising risks of wholesale climate migration, the people of rich countries need to see this as much as those in Africa.

APPROACH

There are four prongs to our approach:

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Nursery school education

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Nursery school education

Girls who can read have two children; those that don’t have five.

Nursery schools are under-resourced, teachers are untrained and play is an unfamiliar concept. Our Perivoli Schools Trust programme shows teachers how to organise their classrooms and create classroom activities from recyclable materials.

Inspiration at zero cost.

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Innovation

Innovation

A third of the population are excluded from the formal economy.

Everyone in Africa has a mobile phone. Information, training, finance and health care are available at the touch of a button. Our Perivoli Innovations venture trust supports businesses that help people make the most of what’s on offer.

Everyone wants to get on.

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Policy choices

Policy choices

The “structural adjustments” demanded by the West are said to have done more harm than good.

Government policies are influenced by what developed countries think Africa needs. The Perivoli Africa Research Centre at the University of Bristol encourages high level collaboration with and within the Continent.

Let Africa decide for itself.

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Climate change adaptation

Climate change adaptation

The people of Africa are more vulnerable than most to the implications of global warming.

Our Perivoli Rangeland Institute encourages the adoption of natural farming practices by smallholder farmers and the restoration of bush-encroached rangelands in order to drive up agricultural yields and sequester more greenhouse gases.

Earning is better than receiving.

The demographics won’t wait, so we need to hurry.

TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS
THE FOUNDATION AIMS TO SUPPORT

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The Perivoli Schools Trust

The Perivoli Schools Trust

The Schools Trust runs a nursery school teacher training programme in Sub-Saharan Africa which shows teachers the importance of play, how to organise their classrooms and how to make classroom activities out of recyclable materials. It has reached 1,391 teachers since its launch in 2013.

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The Perivoli Africa Research Centre (PARC)

The Perivoli Africa Research Centre (PARC)

PARC is a cross disciplinary Research Centre established at the University of Bristol with a gift from the Perivoli Trust. The Centre aims to transform the way academic research partnerships on Africa are undertaken by requiring the partner from Africa to have the louder voice.

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Perivoli Climate Trust

Perivoli Climate Trust

The Perivoli Climate Trust funds research into climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies by universities in the UK and Africa. Its focus is on land rejuvenation, alternative sources of nutrition, water and marine management, renewable energy and animal conservation.

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The Perivoli Rangeland Institute

The Perivoli Rangeland Institute

The Institute, headquartered in Namibia, has two main goals (1) show smallholder farmers the case for adopting natural farming practices to save costs as well as drive up yields and prosperity; and (2) research how the owners of large farms can restore the rangeland to their advantage.

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Founder-led charities

Founder-led charities

The Foundation supports entrepreneurially led charities focussed variously on enhancing education in developing countries and war zones, aiding those with disabilities, and combatting poaching, the mistreatment of animals and the degradation of natural habitats.

SOURCE OF FUNDS

The Foundation is a named beneficiary of the Perivoli Trust from which it has received donations.

It is anticipated that the Trustees of Perivoli Innovations will wish to donate profits to the Foundation from its portfolio of venture investments.

The Perivoli Foundation does not currently invite third party funding.