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Allen & Overy’s partners and staff select Amref Health Africa as new global charity partner


Allen & Overy today launches a two-year global charity partnership with Amref Health Africa, Africa’s leading health development organisation.

Amref Health Africa was selected by Allen & Overy staff and partners in a worldwide vote. Nearly 2,500 people voted from 42 of the firm’s offices.

Allen & Overy will support Amref Health Africa’s work with 32,600 boys and girls in Meatu, one of the poorest regions of northern Tanzania. Pregnant girls are expelled from school in Tanzania, leaving them unable to complete their education. As a result, 5,000 girls a year are illegally denied their right to education. But by starting sex education in primary schools and working to influence cultural practices, young girls can avoid pregnancy and complete their education.

Miranda Harington, UK Country Manager at Amref Health Africa, says: “A&O is in a very strong position to help us stop girls in Tanzania being expelled from school if they become pregnant. The universal right to primary education is recognised in Tanzania, but thousands of girls each year are still denied access to education.

“Thank you so much to everyone at A&O who has voted. We’re thrilled to be A&O’s new global charity partner and we know with their support we can make a big difference to these young girls’ and boys’ lives.”

Amref Health Africa is committed to improving the health of people in Africa by partnering with and empowering communities, and strengthening health systems. It works in 35 countries of sub-Saharan Africa.

Amref Health Africa has already succeeded in reducing pregnancy rates among primary school girls in Southern Tanzania from 257 per year to 10 per year. A&O will now work with Amref Health Africa to extend this by reaching 32,600 boys and girls with essential sex education.

Annelies Van Der Pauw, partner and co-head of corporate responsibility at Allen & Overy, says: “Our global charity partnership allows us to bring the skills and resources of the entire firm together to have a significant impact on one charity. Fundraising is a major element of this, but equally important is providing the professional skills of our people, both lawyers and support staff around the world. Amref Health Africa is an excellent charity and there’s a real sense of excitement here about what we can achieve with them.”

Allen & Overy’s partnership with Amref Health Africa follows the success of its previous global charity partnership with AfriKids, in which the firm contributed GBP1.37m of fundraising, volunteering and in-kind support over two years. This included GBP832,500 of donations as well as nearly 1,500 hours of pro bono support. 39 of Allen & Overy’s (then) 42 offices participated in the partnership in some way – an unprecedented level of international engagement for the firm.

Amref Health Africa was one of four charities shortlisted in Allen & Overy’s global staff vote. For every vote received by each charity, Allen & Overy is donating GBP1 to that charity.

For further information, please contact Rebecca Hooper,, on +44 (0)20 3088 2152.




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