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
Whilst the ‘global partnership for development’ brings focus to the role of national governments in meeting the MDGs, many Welsh Local Authorities, Town and Community Councils have been forming partnerships with their equivalents in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more ...
Mzansi Cymru is a youth based link between Penygraig in RCT and Langa in Capetown. This link through youth and regeneration charity ‘Valley Kids’ developed a musical exchange and did workshops with disadvantaged young people in Rhondda. Read More ...
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The Guardian newspaper has an excellent resource for those working in and interested in development. Click here to access the Global Development hub.
United Nations Millennium Development Goals website
All Sub-Saharan African countries will have poverty reduction plans, known as Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs). PRSPs aim to provide the crucial link between national public actions, donor support, and the development outcomes needed to meet the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are centered on halving poverty between 1990 and 2015.
Click here to see national Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers for your partner community
Click here for Millennium Development Goals progress reports by country
Click here for all the latest news on the Millennium Development Goals
Planning is the key to successful projects.
Click here to understand project planning in more depth
Click here to download the Department for International Development Handbook for those engaged in development activities.
Click here to download a brief introduction to using Logical Frameworks as a planning approach
United Nations Development Programme - Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development results
The planning of development projects can be broken down into key areas using the project cycle. This ensures that you have considered all aspects of planning, implementing, monitoring, evaluation and communication before starting work on your project.
Good planning, monitoring and evaluation enhance the contribution your project can have in your partner community. It is important to realise that your project will be one of many factors that are influencing the development of the community you are working with. In order to understand the other factors at play and where your intervention will fit in, a situational analysis must be carried out.
Once a situational analysis or needs assessment has been completed it is recommended that the overriding goal for the project is agreed with all stakeholders. This goal will be used to define the activities the project will need to develop in order to meet it. It is important to clarify the expected outputs and desired outcomes of each activity and how they will contribute to meeting your objectives.
It is essential that monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment are built into the planning process from the beginning. This will ensure successes and failures can be highlighted and learnt from. It is important to understand if your chosen activities produced the intended outputs and if these outputs produced the intended outcomes.
Project delivery grants are available from the Wales Africa Community Links programme (WACL). You would need to demonstrate why you need a small grant and the activities and outcomes you would expect to achieve with a small grant. To find out more about funding opportunities, visit the WACL funding page.
The Wales Africa Community Links team are available to offer one to one support. To arrange a meeting with our development officer Email Wales Africa Community Links or contact the WACL team