Africa Development Corps, also known as Visions in Action, is an international development organization based in Washington,



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Shaun Skelton, PhD

Shaun is responsible for the overall operations of the organization as he alternates between the US and Africa. He founded ADC while teaching management at the University of Nairobi in Kenya in 1989. He has 30 years of international development experience in 28 countries in Africa and Latin America, including work as a consultant to USAID, DFID, UNEP, Shelter Afrique, Peace Corps and UNICEF. He was the Country Director of the American Refugee Committee in Liberia, and served in similar posts in the Congo(DRC) for UMCOR, Sudan for Oxfam and Rwanda for IPA. He co-founded the Stanford Volunteer Network at Stanford University, and was on the national staff of the Overseas Development Network, where he co-founded and was the first national coordinator of Bike-Aid, an annual cross-country bikeathon for global development. He has taught international development as an adjunct professor at American University, and has organized five of the national Working for Global Justice conferences in the DC area. Shaun holds a Ph.D. in International Development Management from George Washington University, an M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. from Marquette University. He is fluent in Swahili and conversant in French

Grassroots Approach


Development occurs best when we are as close as possible to the standard of living of those we are trying to assist. Therefore, a modest, low overhead, grassroots approach is taken in all that we do.



We give of ourselves and make sacrifices for the betterment of others, expecting nothing in return.



Our volunteers work as a community, living together and supporting one another during the experience

Self Reliance


Participants and members of the community work together to attain self-reliance.




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