Partner West Africa (PWA) is a UK-registered, progressive, non-profit, charitable non-governmental organisation (NGO). We work to support, protect and empower vulnerable West African children & their families and to engage children from the international community to become responsible global citizens. Our core aims & objectives, achieved through a broad range of disciplines, are to reduce child poverty and improve access to education for underprivileged children.
As a UK-based charity we are registered and overseen by the UK Charity's Commission
and have a well-established operational head-quarters, international volunteering division, and childcare centre in Ghana
, West Africa - where we are certified by the Ghanaian Department of Social Welfare
to undertake humanitarian & developmental works nation-wide.
Importantly, we are a key member of the 'Better Volunteering, Better Care' Network's Global Working Group - the leading international body concerend with preventing harm to children caused by volunteer interaction or volunteering projects, and we are a leading voice in the campaign to end 'orphanage volunteering' and protect already vulnerable children from the emotional distress associated with short-term relationship engagement with international volunteers.
Best-Practice, Ethical, Development Methodologies:
Through strategic alliances with the local and international communities, international volunteers & volunteering groups, and schools & academic institutes, we build bridges, foster empathy & understanding, and - most importantly - share knowledge & resources that allow underprivileged West African children & families to build a brighter future. All of our projects & programmes are specifically designed to compliment in word and spirit the aims and objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2015; the framework agreed by the international community to identify and help address the most critical humanitarian challenges facing man and women-kind today.
The 'Partner' in Partner West Africa describes the collaborative approach at the centre of our model. Our focus on collaborative and strategic partnerships builds on our belief that the challenges the world faces today require comprehensive, holistic, cooperative responses. No person or organisation can effect sufficient change alone. So by harnessing the knowledge and skills that our international volunteers, academic experts, partner organisations and local and international community members provide, and by intelligently identifying and making the most efficient use of the variety of resources these different parties can offer, Partner West Africa seeks to design robust and fully inclusive, sustainable solutions to local development challenges.
For that reason, Partner West Africa embodies the values inherent in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No.17: the 'revitalization of global partnerships for international development'.
Experts in our Field:
Our Board of Directors in the UK have extensive backgrounds in education, social work, family support services, and the management and administration of charities. Our UK-based team manage and administrate PWA, focusing on strategy, fund-raising and policy, ensuring our practice and approaches meet the highest international standards of accountability, transparency and ethical best-practice. As well as guiding and having ultimate oversight of the organisation's global activities, our UK team also provide an effective presence for our UK-based partners, including the range of schools and universities we are engaged in formal partnership with. The work undertaken in the UK directly supports the delivery of the work we undertake on the ground in West Africa.
Our operational team in Ghana, West Africa, hold extensive backgrounds in the design, delivery and review of international development projects, particularly at the grass-roots, community level. The team have significant experience delivering a broad range of projects in multiple disciplines, including child-care & child-rights, education, healthcare, community development, gender equality, and poverty reduction, amongst many others. Our Ghana-based team live and work in the West African communities they serve year round, establishing trust and developing a deep understanding of local development priorities, actors and opportunities. There are many reasons why this approach is both ethically important and operationally more effective, fo a deeper understanding of these issues please visit: the website of the respected internaional volunteering think-tank, 'Responsible Volunteering'.
For more information about our organisation, the work we do, the volunteering opportunities we offer, or how you can get involved to support us in a range of other valuable ways, please browse the rest of our website, follow us through the social media links at the top of this page, or get in contact with a member of our team
to learn more.
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and we hope to welcome you to the Partner West Africa family.