The purpose of the universe is life. Originating from dead matter, life is continuously increasing in complexity. On Earth, humans are at the highest level of this complexity. Having gone through many, more primitive and violent phases of organization, mainly driven by a will to survive mixed with a pinch of curiosity, humans continued to learn how to add value to life. To the point where the primal will to survive have been, mostly, surpassed by values of curiosity, goodness, beauty and the ever elusive love. Through these values, combined with the results of human's curiosity, knowledge and technology, the concept of a global community has become a reality.
That there are still people facing dire development challenges, people who are still overwhelmed solely by the need to survive, people who have not had the opportunity to explore their potential, is one of humanity's last frontiers. As a global community humans possess the resource capital to address such challenges, but not yet the social capital or the know how. Their global community is still new with diverse cultures at different stages of organization. In such environments, trust is a scarce commodity. Add to this the complexity of stimulating sustainable positive change, of one group helping another, and it becomes a challenging frontier. Should humans help each other? Or should the question rather be: How should humans help each other?
NGOs are at the forefront of finding solutions to this question. Their direct mission is to assist those facing development challenges while convincing others to offer support and resources. They are the mediators responsible to establish trust while figuring out how humans can best help each other. Pushing the boundaries of the development aid frontier until it is no more, until all humans have equal opportunities to explore their potential.
AidIT’s vision is the efficient and effective delivery of development aid by transparent NGOs receiving sufficient resources and support enabling them to focus on their beneficiaries and the development challenges they face.
AidIT’s mission is to offer NGOs integrated and holistic development aid and ICT solutions making use of Google for NPOs, app development, cloud services, social media and best practice development aid.
NGOs play a huge role in making the world a better place. They use donated funds to assist those who are facing development challenges. This places a huge responsibility on them to use resources as efficient as possible while trying to stimulate positive change in people's lives, change which could be the difference between life and death. Therefore NGOs experience continued pressure to process massive amounts of information whereby they could be accountable to their different stakeholders and to ensure that the change they stimulate, is positive. This is a time and capital consuming task, limiting the breadth and scope of NGO’s delivery of aid. The more NGO information systems could be automated, the wider and more effective each NGO will be able to deliver aid. In the past, such automation was only affordable by rich corporate companies.
Today, AidIT offers NGOs such information systems automation at the lowest rates available. AidIT achieves this by integrating the best existing NGO software and app grants in one complete solution allowing NGOs to plan, develop projects, monitor, evaluate, account, report, fundraise, broadcast and manage staff, donors and beneficiaries. AidIT furthermore offers NGOs access to development aid expertise like model projects, best practices and sector specific networks.
Considering that AidIT's board have been active in the non governmental development sector for an extended time, AidIT understand that smaller NGOs are most often close to their beneficiaries and therefore able to facilitate valuable change. Unfortunately these smaller NGOs most of the time lack funds for operational aspects such as information management systems. Therefore, AidIT is not about making money but to serve the evolvement of human life and will always strive to provide these services at the lowest rates possible.
Publications and awards
African Responsible Tourism Award
Article Published in Third World Quarterly
Article Published in the European Journal of Development Research
people and Qualifications
Hi, my name is Dominicue. I am the proud owner of SereneIT which provides IT and networking services in the Grahamstown area. I have 20 years experience in the IT industry and am happy share some of that experience through AidIT towards the development aid sector.
Hello, my name is Zintathu. I am a HIV/AIDS counselor and have been working in the development aid sector as a project manager for more than 10 years. I am very passionate about reaching people who are in need with the right information and services. I love working with AidIT as it makes my work easier so that I can reach more people.
Caroline van der Werff
My name is Caroline. I am a medical doctor in South Africa for the last 12 years. I have lots of experience in rural health, community and family health, HIV/AIDS and TB awareness, support and treatment. I have been involved in the NGO sector for 12 years and have seen the positive difference they make but also their need for support in managing administration, reporting and fundraising.
Adelle van der Merwe
Hello, my name is Adele. I have a degree in Human Resource management and 5 years of experience in this field. It is valuable to me to use my expertise to assist other NGOs to become better human resource managers.
Petra van der Pol
Hello, my name is Petra. I am an occupational therapist and have 4 years experience as an OT. I recently completed a Masters degree in OT and am excited to implement what I have learned in the areas which needs it most. I have 1 year of experience working for Salesforce. This opportunity with AidIT allows me to implement what I have learned through other NGOs reaching many people.
Hyman van Zyl
My name is Hyman van Zyl. I have been active in the development aid sector for more than 15 years. I have a masters degree in development studies and many qualifications in the IT sector, including Microsoft Systems Engineer and Information Systems Management. My passion is using IT to optimize NGOs.