Who we are

Who runs the programme

The International Learning Opportunities Programme is funded by the Wales for Africa Programme and delivered through AcademiWales and Wales for Africa by Bridges and Links 2 Africa.

The Wales for Africa Programme was set up by the Welsh Government to encourage Wales to do more in support of international development and disaster relief. Academi Wales is a national centre for leadership excellence to support the delivery of efficient and effective public services in Wales.

Bridges and Links 2 Africa is a consortium formed by two charities; Dolen Cymru – Wales Lesotho Link and PONT.


Dolen Cymru – Wales Lesotho LinkMokhotlong St Davids Day


Dolen Cymru – Wales Lesotho Link is an independent charity that has been facilitating international development work in Lesotho since 1985, developing crucial relationships in education, health, governance and civil society.

For over 28 years Dolen Cymru has been providing life-changing opportunities for Wales and Lesotho by fostering twinning and partnership activities which have a real impact on people’s lives in both countries.




Mbale Conf with Welsh Flag

PONT (meaning ‘Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust’ and ‘bridge’) has an eight year history of engagement with Uganda.

Originally set up to link the town of Pontypridd with the Ugandan town of Mbale, PONT now supports links between many individuals, professionals and organisations in Rhondda Cynon Taf (and beyond), and their counterparts in the Mbale region of Uganda.

PONT’s aim as a charity is to build community development at grassroots level and work with local partners in Uganda to tackle poverty sustainably.