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Transform Africa - Strategy 2015 - 2018

Our Context

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.

Our Challenges

  • 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 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.

Our Response

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

  1. Local organisations that effectively support and empower the communities they work with to be the drivers of sustainable socio-economic development.
  2. 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.
  3. Increased opportunities for disadvantaged groups, especially women, out of school unemployed youths and people with disabilities to have more secure and sustainable livelihoods.
  4. Communities taking a lead on addressing poverty and other socio-economic challenges in a sustainable way.
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Our Strategic Priorities

We will:

  1. Continue strengthening the effectiveness of our local partners to ensure they provide better and appropriate support to the communities they work with. We will also identify and form partnership with like-minded organisations which have the potential to add value to our work.
  2. Continue using transformative approaches to support our partners and the communities they work with to identify and challenge aspects of cultural and religious beliefs, attitudes and practices which act as barriers to enabling them and their people to realise their potential to improve their quality of life.
  3. Continue to support our local partners and their communities to improve their effectiveness in governance, leadership and advocacy and lobbying to enable them to take a lead on processes for addressing their problems and achieving sustainable improvements.
  4. Provide financial and technical support to communities to increase access to essential services, including clean water, relevant education, affordable micro-credit loans and health, through effective engagement with government and other service providers and a greater capacity to sustain such services.
  5. Provide financial and technical support to disadvantaged groups, especially women, out of school unemployed youths and people with disabilities to have more secure and sustainable livelihoods through increased skills, economic empowerment and transformation of aspects of cultural and religious beliefs, attitudes and practices that promote poverty and injustices.
  6. Increase and diversify our income by continuing to maintain strong relationships with our past and current funders, approaching new donor agencies in UK and other countries and engaging in direct fundraising, social enterprise activities, donations, appeals and consultancies. We will also continue building our capacity to meet the challenges in the funding environment by improving our profile and expanding our Board of Trustees by recruiting new members with international funding experience.
  7. Set up a small emergency response fund and Increase the capacity of our local partners and the communities we support to respond to emergencies by training staff and developing linkages with humanitarian and disaster management agencies in the countries where we operate.