Development Links are characterised by having an 'outward looking' focus:
being accountable to the wider public and beneficiaries, beyond their immediate supporter circle;
involving a diverse cross section of northern and southern volunteers engaged in their activities;
coordinating with appropriate local authorities and civil society actors / NGOs
reflecting and learning from participatory / independent monitoring and evaluation of their project activities
Can enunciate their contribution towards community development and specific impact upon poverty reduction
Phase 4 - Making a difference to development
Once community partnerships have reached this stage within the UN Gold Star Award Framework they are eligible to apply for the prestigious UN Gold Star Award for their contribution to one of five areas relating to community development and poverty reduction. Groups should focus attention on not only delivering poverty reduction projects but also on monitoring, evaluating and measuring the impact your partnership is having on the people within your communities.
Please see the Youtube clip below to get the first hand story from Richard Adams, coordinator of Velindre NHS Link between Cardiff and Sierra leone about how the partnership is benefitting the wider community.
The following summaries and brief video clips offer short introductions to the sorts of interventions that Welsh community links are contributing to in Africa. The clips are all taken from a short film about PONT, the Pontypridd Uganda Link, but reflects the passion and innovation of community linking initiatives across Wales.
The partnership is working to improve the physical, mental and spiritual health and well being of members of its communities.
Increasing access to health care facilities and resources
Increasing access to maternal health care
Increasing access to childcare
Improving social welfare provision
Improving quality of service provision
Improving access to water and sanitation
Improving access to food and nutrition
Improving support and facilities for physically, mentally or learning disabled community members