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African Exchange, the flagship Association of Africans working for the Organizations of the United Nations System and other Governmental Organizations, was initiated by Prof Udoh Elijah Udom in 2004. He served the World Health Organization in different capacities from November 1984 to July 2004. During this period, he worked and attended meetings in many African countries with a rewarding experience of meeting and establishing working relationships with Africans serving the UN system. In 1997 he was reassigned from the WHO/AFR to WHO/HQ in Geneva from where he retired.

Due to the migratory nature of the UN assignment, coupled with retirement, transition and the speed of change and development within and outside the UN system, it was evident that it would be difficult, without a proper channel, for colleagues and friends within and outside the UN System to maintain effective and continuous contact with each other. 

                       
A few years before retiring,  Prof. Udom thought about how to stay connected with a stream of colleagues he was privileged to work with, those who worked under his supervision and whose contribution to his success he cherishes to this date, and thousands of African professionals in the UN system (active or retired) whose footprints are indelible. The need is greater now than ever before for a channel, such as, African Exchange through which Africans in the UN System, past and present, can stay in touch. It would be to our disadvantage to stay disconnected with the people we have associated with during our service with the UN. Borrowing from Nelson Mandela: "What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead."

Apart from connecting us together, this website can be a virtual classroom where we learn about different African cultures, philosophies and sharing the known or hidden burdens of living and working for the UN system.

If you are an African, currently working or retired from any of the UN Agencies or transnational organizations, this is your Association. Sign in and join the group of Africans promoting social networking among current and former UN employees. You are probably looking for a colleague or you have information to share with other Africans. This is the most effective channel available for you to stay connected.

For more information, please contact us at: info@africanexchange.com. Also, do not forget to recommend African Exchange to your colleagues in the UN system.