Development Links

Development Links are characterised by having an 'outward looking' focus:

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.

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


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.

4. Environment

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

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

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