Transform Africa is a UK-based development organisation registered as a charity and incorporated as a Company Limited by guarantee since 1999. It has evolved from institutional capacity building of local organisations in Africa to strengthening local organisations and working with them to support the communities they work with to take a lead on analysing poverty issues affecting them and addressing them in a sustainable way.
The challenges facing us in bringing about sustainable improvements in the quality of life among poor and disadvantaged groups in communities in Africa are many and complex. Key among them are:
- Widespread poverty, especially among women, young people and those with disabilities due to environmental degradation and limited opportunities to have adequate secure sources of income to meet their needs.
- Proliferation of local and International NGOs with different mandates, management styles and approaches, which send conflicting messages among the communities we support.
- High prevalence rates of embedded aspects of cultural and religious beliefs, attitudes and practices that dis-empower certain groups of people, especially women, people with disabilities and young people, from realising their potential.
- Limited capacity among poor communities to increase access and sustain essential services for improving their quality of life and deal with natural and man-made disasters.
- High and rising levels of HIV infection and prevalence rates among rural and urban poor and vulnerable groups especially women and young people.
- A highly competitive funding environment, especially in UK where the number of NGOs is rising and the stringent selection requirements set by donors that usually exclude small organisations.
Transform Africa will continue building its income, diversifying its funding base and working through local partners in Eastern Africa and West African countries to support poor and disadvantaged groups, especially women, young people and people living with disabilities, using our multi-pronged and innovative approaches. We have already developed strong partnerships in the sub-regions through which we have empowered local communities and over 40,000 poor and disadvantaged people have realised sustainable improvements in the quality of their lives as a result of our innovative interventions.
Outcomes of Our Response
- Local organisations that effectively support and empower the communities they work with to be the drivers of sustainable socio-economic development.
- Greater capacity for disadvantaged groups, especially women, youths and people with disabilities to challenge social injustices that contribute to their poverty and poor quality of life.
- Increased opportunities for disadvantaged groups, especially women, out of school unemployed youths and people with disabilities to have more secure and sustainable livelihoods.
- Communities taking a lead on addressing poverty and other socio-economic challenges in a sustainable way.