‘Money poured into aid cannot be effective if it does not strengthen, respect and empower local structures, and people. ’
Tarek Alsaleh, Founder, Capoeira4Refugees
We are working on a number of things all aligned towards #localisation.
UnitedNonsense – The Book
To raise money from such a small pot – less than 2% of all foreign aid money goes to local organisations- is a continuous challenge for all small NGO’s. CEO Ummul Choudhury is writing through her lived experience C4R’s story-
a Syrian start-up helping traumatised child refugees. The book provides the backdrop for the analysis of a culture and system of aid that continues to belittle, and lockout local people from money.
This is despite the best of intentions from many well-meaning ‘aid professionals.’
She wants to launch the book as part of the Grand Bargain Initiative that commits to organizations to provide 25% of global humanitarian funding to local and national responders by 2020. “We are far away from making this happened”
FrontlineAid is developing an online platform to connect grassroots changemakers, helping them identify and manage community lead projects.
The functionalities are all geared towards to make the lives easier for local initiatives through hands-on support and real-time data collection. Thereby we are using ‘Best Practices’ and adapting reporting standards, reasonable due diligence, decentralised decision making, task management etc, and linking mentors and skilled volunteers to people in Syria.
“Capoeira allows children to channel anger and frustration in a safe and healthy way. It has positively affected almost all psychosocial issues affecting at risk children and youth, most, quite significantly”
Mark BrasilfordUNRWA Senior Child Protection Specialist, Palestine 2009