Shifting Education Accountability to the Demand Side

A Leadership & Learning Venture Accessible Internationally and Nationally for All

Welcome to ALVAINA!

We are a think-and-do tank. We identify unusual, yet critical problems within and across communities. We think of access and equity issues without compromise. We do not arrive at a solution until we have thought through its sustainability plan. We approach and solve problems in ways that will make a lasting impact,—community participation.

ALVAINA was founded in 2005. Since its inception, ALVAINA’s board members have been women. This has been a conscious decision to join the global effort in closing the gender equity gap by having more women involved in decision-making processes.

Similarly, we make a conscious effort to involve youths as volunteers or project staff members. We believe this is important in ameliorating the problem of youth un-/under-employment.     

About Us


To bridge the gap of socio-economic polarization and inequality amongst local, national and international communities 


To provide research-based education programs, advocacy, and technical assistance—with special interests in early childhood to secondary education and youth issues. 


Youth: ALVAINA is committed to bringing about socioeconomic change by supporting youth participation at all levels of development. 

Access: ALVAINA stands for A Leadership & Learning Venture Accessible Internationally and Nationally for All. Thus, issues around barriers to access are at the core of our thinking. 


– Maintaining a support network with local and international Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) for community mobilization and participatory planning. 

– Building partnerships with higher education institutions to harness their hard & soft infrastructural capacities for research and implementation.

Our Target Population

The Marginalized


Our target population are the marginalized. These are people who live in abject or relative poverty. They either barely have enough to afford one meal a day, have been denied opportunities due to them or their basic human rights, or might just need some support in moving up the socioeconomic ladder. 

All People

Because no one lives in isolation, and access is always at the core of our thinking, our interventions often address systems/systemic problems which turn out to benefit all people in the long run.  .


Lastly, it is worth noting that addressing systemic issues through community participation often leads to sustainable and positive change in the lives of the marginalized.  

What We Do

With special interests in early childhood through secondary schooling and youth issues, ALVAINA uses research-based education programs, advocacy, and technical assistance to address socioeconomic problems.  Over the past ten years, our work has ranged from developing Theoretical Frameworks to performing Consultancies, and advocating on Special Initiatives

Big ideas take time. We are now embarking on our core project, a conceptual framework to shift education accountability to the demand side.  This framework will primarily be in the form of  a radio talk show segment on school reform called ALVAINA Talk on School Reform.  

  • ALVAINA Talk on School Reform is a conceptual framework that other organizations can adopt.
  • Please contact us to collaborate and train your team.

Our Story Over the Years

Over the past decade, we have accomplished a lot in collaboration with our partners and as an organization. Please view the photos and our partners' logos as we tell our story. All stakeholders are so important to our cause!

Our Partners

Our Team

Rebecca 'Toyin Doherty, Founder & CEO

  • EdM, U.S. Education System, Harvard University; M.A., International Education, The George Washington University 
  • B.A, English (Pre-law), Howard University   

Elizabeth Hammett, Director

  • EdM, Global Competence & Curriculum Development, Harvard University
  • B.A., Theater, Middlebury College 

Efe Osagie-Odeleye, Director

  • MPA, Government Administration, University of Pennsylvania 
  • B.A., Journalism, Rutgers University

A Tribute

Dr. Julius Adetunji Doherty, MA (Dublin), MB.BCH (Dublin), FRCOG (U.K.), FMCOG (Nigeria)

ALVAINA was first used by the founder's father as a business name. Dad had ALVAINA Auto Company for his two Volkswagen Car Dealerships in Lagos and Ogun States; ALVAINA Ventures & Trust Company, Ltd. as a microfinance bank for families and small businesses in Oyo State; ALVAINA House that he rented to the Federal Government of Nigeria as the labor office for employment seekers; and more. 

Even though Banuso has been the Doherty family name which Dad named his hospital after, as a legacy that his paternal grandfather, Josiah Henry Doherty (also known as J.H. Doherty) started in Lagos, Nigeria, ALVAINA is my Dad's legacy, Dr. Julius AdeTunji Doherty. 

It is interesting to note that Dad's grandfather was known as a Prince Merchant or General Merchant who owned several lines of businesses with a great deal invested in the insurance chain. Banuso was the name of his favorite horse. "Banuso" also resonated with great grandpa a lot because, in Yoruba, it meant and showed the importance of self-reflection and introspection which is translated as "ba inu so." In Yoruba, "ba" is a verb for do, "inu" means within or to yourself, "so" means talk... suggesting that we should talk within ourselves or talk to ourselves.

ALVAINA, is Dad's legacy, #DrAdeTunjiDoherty. Daddy came up with the name ALVAINA in honor of his maternal grandparents and mother. Dad's grandfather's name was Alfred Norman-Williams, his grandmother's name was Virginia, and mother's name Aina, hence ALVAINA. In the acronym ALVAINA, AL are for his grandfather Alfred, V is for his grandmother Virginia, AINA for his mother Aina. Dad's grandmother and mother were from Brazil and maintained  the Portuguese culture when they lived in Nigeria.

Dad's father was a lawyer who died when he was five.  Dad was raised by his uncle, Dr. Alade Doherty, a medical doctor. In the 1950s, Dad enrolled at one of the top universities in the world, Trinity College in Dublin, as one of the youngest medical students who went on to graduate as a fellow of obstetrics & gynecology. Enrolling in a university of the likes of Oxford or Cambridge University in the United Kingdom or Harvard or Yale in the United States of America is worthy of note as a high achievement then, and is still is today for anyone--talk less of a black male from Nigeria. 

Dad also became a Justice of Peace after retirement. Dad has always  had a passion for social justice and equity, and truly believed that socio-economic change began with the people led by a strong advocate/spokesperson from the grassroots level. 

This socio-economic change, is what ALVAINA Foundation seeks to do. ALVAINA came to me as an epiphany about 12 years before Daddy passed onto eternal rest. The epiphany was the acronym A Leadership & Learning Venture Accessible Internationally and Nationally for All which also stands for ALVAINA and Dad's values for social justice and equity. 

As a Medical Doctor, Fellow, Consultant;  Justice of Peace; Entrepreneur; and Investor, Dad was committed and was very passionate about his work. There are so many stories of complicated medical and civil cases he managed successfully to the glory of His maker, God, who he is resting with in heaven. Rest on, in peace, forever Daddy, #DrJuliusAdeTunjiDoherty.

Your loving daughter,

Rebecca OluwaToyin Doherty


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