We follow a partnership model; we work via grassroots civil society organisations, and have done so since we began in 1997. We believe collaboration has the potential to lead to greater project impact and sustainability.
Our eight programme partners are deeply embedded in the communities in which we work. They understand the local context, speak the local indigenous language, can engage and influence communities and government institutions and are, therefore, best placed to implement projects in a culturally sensitive and sustainable way. Through our Bristol (UK) and Arusha (Tanzania) offices, we support our partners through funding, financial training and technical support. We are committed to developing the organisational capacity of our partners, especially in terms of project design, and monitoring, evaluation and learning.
We have long-standing partners with whom we have collaborated since the beginning
Since 1997, we have successfully worked with the Pastoral Women’s Council to reduce the cultural practice of female genital mutilation and child marriage, and to improve girls’ access to secondary education. We have also worked with the Ujaama Community Resource Team since inception to progress land use planning – together, we have secured title to 6,914 square kilometres of land for more than 27,000 pastoralists. In addition, we’ve partnered with Community Aid and Small Enterprises Consultancy since 2000.
In more recent years, we have also formed new partnerships with local organisations that can bring expertise (and skills), particularly in relation to child protection, disability and climate change. Tanzania Women Research Foundation and Tusonge Community Development Organisation are two such partners.