Introducing our local partners on World NGO Day!

sean.darby Feb 27, 2018
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Integrity Action works with communities in contexts where corruption impacts service delivery for people who are in most need. To tackle this problem we partner with amazing local organisations who bring their expertise, to ensure that together we bring about substantive change. 

In acknowledgement of World NGO day; an international day that takes place on the 27th February each year, we would like to highlight and celebrate the partners in our SHINE project. SHINE, ‘Students acting for Honesty, Integrity and Equality’ focuses on building the capacity of youth to act with, and demand integrity. This includes demanding accountability in the education sector and speaking on behalf of their communities to ensure they gain access to the essential projects they are entitled to. This is possible by creating Integrity Clubs in schools for students aged 14-18 in Afghanistan, DR Congo, Kenya, Nepal and Palestine.

In 2014, the European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs stated, ‘it’s only right that the world should celebrate NGOs and thank them for the tremendous work that they do’ (1) and we would like to bring attention to those who make our approach a reality on the ground.

Together, our partners operate as a unique network that engages in peer learning and knowledge sharing, to introduce new ideas as well as to celebrate the achievements of one another. Their individual experiences of advocating for social accountability, working with youth and campaigning for good and responsible governance is closely aligned with our vision for a ‘just and equitable world, where citizens are empowered, and Integrity is central to vibrant societies.’
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Map showing the countries where our partners in the SHINE project work; the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nepal, Palestine and Afghanistan

We asked each of our partner organisations the same set of questions (2)  to understand what motivates them in their work.  

Centre de Recherche sur l’Anti-Corruption (CERC), Democratic Republic of Congo

CERC, despite being founded only last year, has introduced positive change in communities by building knowledge and skills among youth. Heri, CERC’s executive director answered our questions.

What is the purpose your organisation exists for?
We aim to empower citizens to stop corruption by building integrity, through education, awareness raising and civic engagement. Our team helps youth to develop ideas – and the communities around them – that can make decision-makers more responsible. This helps them achieve a high-impact across their communities through community awareness raising on corruption in public services and infrastructure projects.

What change do you hope to achieve through your work?
We look to bring about safer communities. These are ones in which even conflict affected territories are safe, where there is reduction of corruption, and where marginalized groups become advocates for integrity.  

Additionally, we want to see an improved integrity building policy. This includes integrity builders being able to participate more fully in decision making and developing campaigns to build a broad-based coalition of supporters.

Finally, a better and deeper learning and understanding of corruption by working with schools and universities, and becoming a leader in locally led integrity building that will engage with and persuade key audiences about the power of local action.

What has been a particular highlight for you this year?
In December 2017, we kicked off our first Integrity Club. In attendance were motivated young leaders from all disciplines and with varying ambitions – but each with the potential to work together for a better governance in the DRC. Our Integrity builders already make a difference in DRC by mentoring youth in other schools and engaging in community action projects. Thanks to the success of the Integrity Club, we are expanding its impact as efficiently as possible by piloting shorter workshops for even more young Integrity builders in Uvira. We are excited to make an even bigger impact through Congo’s youth!

Kwale Welfare and Education Association (KWEA), Kenya

KWEA is based in Kwale County, Kenya. Founded in 2009, it is led by volunteer members who are passionate in ‘transforming the community though educational empowerment.’ (3) Their Vision and Mission is well-aligned with the SHINE project, and we are excited to be working with them over the next four years in mobilising students to become advocates for honesty, integrity and equality.  Sabina, KWEA’s project officer responded on behalf of the organisation.

What is the purpose your organisation exists for?
We envision a community transformed through educational empowerment by enhancing retention and transition in education through change of attitude towards Education.

What change do you hope to achieve through your work?
We are aiming at a society that is able to have access to an improved quality of education and general welfare through enhanced mutual understanding and cooperation between the public, CSOs and the government.

What has been a particular highlight for you this year?
Our annual county level career exhibition that attracted more than 1,700 students from 17 secondary schools. This connected them with 5 polytechnics, 13 colleges, universities and corporates that are regarded as potential employers in the region attended as Exhibitors.

Palestinian Center For Peace and Democracy (PCPD), Palestine

PCPD, based in Ramallah, Palestine has a mission that transcends the work of Integrity Action and our partners, which is ‘to work towards empowering our target groups in general and youth and women in particular.’ (4) PCPD is a new partner, joining our network in 2017. Hilda, PCPD’s Administrative and Financial Director answered our questions; 

What is the purpose your organisation exists for?
The Purpose of the establishment of the PCPD in 1992 was to contribute towards achieving peace in Palestine; where democracy, human rights, gender equality and social justice are guaranteed.

What change do you hope to make through your work?
We are willing to establish a Palestinian Society that is committed to practicing true democracy in a free, independent and democratic State that adheres to equality, freedoms and social justice.

What has been a particular highlight for you this last year?
PCPD has given special attention to media during this year, where the young interns wrote scenarios and acted producing short documentary films. 15 short Youtube films were produced and published at PCPD Youtube (PCPD Palestine) (5). 

Youth Initiative (YI), Nepal

Youth Initiative has been a partner of IA for 5 years; working closely with our other Nepalese partner (CAHAHURST). YI is based in Kathmandu and was founded in 2001. Nikita, a program coordinator from YI answered our questions.

What is the purpose of your organisation and what do you hope to achieve through your work?
Youth Initiative strives to inform young people of global, national and local issues of their concern, empower them as a group of critical mass and involve them in governance of political and social institutions at national and sub-national levels. To achieve this mission, YI implement program and projects aimed for youth, building capacity and increase their access to resources.

What has been a particular highlight for you this last year?

  • Reaching more than 900 youths through our ‘voters education campaign’ in 7 provinces of Nepal. 
  • Organizing Youth SAARC Regional Conference.
  • Forming 16 Integrity Clubs in Public schools of Sindhupalchowk. These clubs monitored their school services and fixed 47% of identified problems.
  •  Community monitors in Sindhupalchowk monitoring earthquake resistant shelters, water scheme projects, water mill and irrigation schemes. Identifying and reporting problem to donor for acknowledging and solving problems. 

Campaign for Human Rights and Social Transformation (CAHURAST), Nepal

CAHURAST is a non-profit organisation and has been operating across Nepal since November 2006. Along with YI, they have been working with Integrity Action to embed integrity values and an appetite for accountability within citizens in Nepal. They are well-placed to help realise our mission of empowering students to act with, and demand Integrity. Bishnu and Sarala, the Chairman and Program Coordinator respectively, answered out questions.

What is the purpose your organisation exists for?
To remain active to strengthen democratic process, culture and good governance practices and to protect the rights of the people and strengthening local communities, CSOs and networks to promote social accountability and creating an enabling environment to ensure the voice of socially excluded and economically poor people/communities in development mainstream  

What change do you hope to make through your work?
We hope to achieve a holistically transformed Nepali society where people live in peace and harmony with each other and enjoying human rights 

What has been a particular highlight for you this last year?

  • Facilitating the empowerment process of the poor and marginalized communities through education and engagement in development with a special focus to the, social, cultural and economic transformation of the individuals.
  • The particular highlight last year has been the extensive monitoring of the shelter construction projects implemented by Helvetas. This was possible through the pool of monitors and making the data transparent through Sindhupalcheck (6).  In this, the implementer acknowledged the problems and was able to fix them.

 

Integrity Action is delighted to partner with such inspiring organisations and the people that work for them. Keep your eyes peeled for updates about out SHINE project there will be plenty of milestones to celebrate as students act for ‘Honesty, Integrity and Equality!
 

                                                                                                                                                 

(1) www.wn.com/european_commissioner_on_world_ngo_day

(2) Our other partner organisations, the Teacher’s Creativity Centre (TCC) in Palestine and Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) were unable to respond; please find more information here; www.teachercc.org/index.php?lang=en
https://iwaweb.org/

(3) http://www.kweacbo.org/about

(4) https://www.pcpd.ps/about-pcpd/59.html

(5) https://www.youtube.com/user/pcpdchannel

(6) https://sindhupalcheck.developmentcheck.org/