[About WAPF]
West Africa Project Fair 2021

A project of the International Rotary Districts in West Africa (Districts 9101, 9102, 9110, 9125, 9141 and 9142), the fairs are a growing phenomenon on the Rotary calendar. The West Africa Project Fair (WAPF) is one of ten similar events taking place in different parts of the world. The main objectives are to promote global peace and understanding through friendships and to use those friendships to collaborate on projects that improve lives and local communities in the region.

Approved by Rotary International’s (ROTA–Reach Out to Africa) initiative, the first edition of the fair was held in Accra, Ghana in 2005. This year, the 16th West Africa Project Fair is being held in the city of Accra, Ghana. The six participating districts comprise more than 10,000 Rotarians in 15 countries.

The venues are rotated among different cities in the sub-region hosting at least 60 Rotary clubs, international partners from the United States, Europe and other parts of the world as well as Rotarians from Africa. West. At the event, Rotary clubs in West Africa present humanitarian projects for review and possible partnerships. Each participating club gets the platform to host a physical or virtual booth to receive International Partners and other project sponsors for their service projects.  Clubs provide well-researched project proposals in line with the Rotary Foundation’s funding priorities and requirements. In virtual fairs, these proposals are posted in the form of power point presentations or video clips at the project fair portal for partners to access. International partners visit the project fair at their own expense, review, and select proposals to form partnerships through their clubs and/or districts, either alone or through global grants.

This process builds international partnerships to implement projects that align with Rotary’s Areas of Focus  for the establishment of productive relationships, and the promotion of international understanding, goodwill, and peace. In addition to the activities above, everyone updates their knowledge of the Rotary Foundation during seminars held on the sidelines of the fair. Opportunities to tour local landmarks and places of interest, participate in polio immunization activities and contribute to Rotary’s initiative to END POLIOMYELITIS are also offered. International partners also can actively participate in a local Club projects in host communities.

What a life changing experience!