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Development Links

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.  

1. Health

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

2. Youth and Children

The partnership is working towards more youth/child friendly communities; towards making a reality of the UN Charter of the Rights of the Child

  • Links between schools within the partnership
  • Links between youth organisations within the partnership
  • Increasing access to formal education
  • Increasing quality of formal education
  • Increasing access to health care and maternal health care
  • Increasing access to childcare
  • Improving social welfare provision
  • Supporting youth led work and youth ambassadors
  • Involving children in the decision making and activities of the link


3. Livelihoods

The partnership is working to develop opportunities for making a living, that benefits those community members who have poor access to sustainable livelihoods.

    • Sustainable work opportunities
    • Promoting Fairtrade products or Fairtrade community status
    • Skills development and training
    • Access to resources
    • A trading relationship between partners
    • Capacity building
    • Improving market access
    • Advocacy and campaigning

4. Environment

Both sides of the partnership are contributing to sustainable development and protecting local and global environments.

    • Resource management
    • Forestry protection
    • Sustainable resource production
    • Carbon reduction
    • Recycling intiatives 
    • Carbon offsetting within the partnership
    • Promoting healthy environments
    • Environmental education

5. Equality (formerly Social Harmony)

The partnership is working to increase social cohesion on both sides of the partnership, tackling barriers and increasing understanding between different parts of the communities

  • Equality of opportunities for women
  • Equality of opportunities for minority ethnic groups
  • Equality of opportunities for those at a disadvantage or vulnerable groups
  • Active learning about race relations, gender equity, class and caste equity, disability and sexuality
  • Learning about international development
  • Cultural learning
  • Learning about faiths