Become a partner

Notice: The Partnership Call was open from April 2016 until March 2017. All applications received are now under review. AbleChildAfrica has no imminent plans to re-open the call for partnership, however please do sign up to our newsletter, follow us on social media and keep an eye on this webpage for any further updates.

AbleChildAfrica’s mission is “to promote the realisation of equal rights for disabled children and their families in Africa and to facilitate their meaningful inclusion in all aspects of life” and our strategy has always outlined our key commitment to working with and alongside partner organisations in Africa to achieve this mission.

AbleChildAfrica is a partner-led organisation. We work alongside our partners to deliver direct services for disabled children and their families to directly improve the lives of disabled children. In addition to delivering services alongside partners, we seek partners that share our commitment and aim to build the capacity and support the organisational development of each other. This is why we are based in the UK and do not have offices and staff on the ground; we are firmly committed to local ownership and to African led solutions to local challenges. We believe quality and success depends on being grounded in the local context and that we achieve the greatest impact and sustainability possible through partnerships. We know this approach offers value for money to our donors and believe it has the greatest potential for long term sustainability and impact.

What is partnership?

Simply put, partnership occurs when two or more organisations work together to achieve common aims. However, putting this into practice in a way that is genuine and mutually beneficial is much harder. A successful partnership is one which both achieves the common aim intended, whilst simultaneously being of mutual benefit and enjoyment to both parties.

AbleChildAfrica is committed to continual reflection and growth and we are looking for the same in our partnerships. The willingness to grow, learn from our experiences, reflect, adapt and continually improve, both individually and together, is essential to our partnerships.

AbleChildAfrica will partner with organisations where we can add value and make a difference. That means making a difference to the lives of disabled children but more than this, it is important to us to also make a difference to partner organisation themselves. Please see the section entitled ‘ What can partners expect from AbleChildAfrica?’ in the AbleChildAfrica Partnership Model

Please also note that AbleChildAfrica is not a donor and does not accept direct funding proposals.

What are we looking for in a partner organisation?

AbleChildAfrica is now actively seeking 1-2 additional partners from across Africa to enable us to widen our reach and achieve our vision of world in which all disabled children are fully included as equal members of society and are able to achieve their full potential. AbleChildAfrica is looking for organisations who share our values  and are committed to learning and collaboration.

AbleChildAfrica is looking for organisations that will enhance and the diversity of, and balance well within, our existing partners’ network. We are conscious of our commitment to existing partners and the communities in the locations in which they are based.

What is the process to become a partner?

Notice: The Partnership Call was open from April 2016 until March 2017. All applications received are now under review. AbleChildAfrica has no imminent plans to re-open the call for partnership, however please do sign up to our newsletter, follow us on social media and keep an eye on this webpage for any further updates.

AbleChildAfrica has broken down the stages of partnership into the following as guidelines. At each stage of the process it is expected both parties will decide if it is independently and mutually beneficial to progress to the next stage.

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Stage 1: Eligibility Checklist.

Does your organisation meet the following criteria? 

  • Your organisation is a non-governmental organisation or body in Sub-Saharan Africa(e.g. as Local NGO, CBO, seeking registration etc.).
  • You are not representing an individual or Government Body or organisation based outside of Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Your organisation works with disabled children (0-18 years)
  • Your organisation wants to work in a long-term partnership as outlined in the attached partnership model.
  • Leadership of your organisation has read AbleChildAfrica Partnership Model and by submitting an expression of interest agree with the core principles and expectations of both parties set out in the document.

 

Stage 2. Expression of Interest 

If you meet the criteria in the Eligibility Checklist, and are interested in forming a partnership with AbleChildAfrica, please follow us on social media so you can be kept up to date should we re-open our partnership call. Once open again, you can fill out an Expression of Interest form which will be published here.

To learn more about our partnership model and strategy, you can read the following documents.

Partnership Model ,  Strategy 2013 – 2016 , Theory of Change