Our Aims & Values
Hear From a PWA Partner: 
 
"If you are reading this and wondering if Partner West Africa is a worthwhile NGO to partner with, I'd like to emphasise that I could really see how much thought and consideration was put into every decision that the team took to ensure our Malaria Prevention Programme was ethical, culturally appropriate and sustainable. 
 
I could see how much PWA empowers Ghanaian individuals and communities. I could also clearly see the positive relationships built between PWA and the community. 
 
Partner West Africa also made sure to prepare me to be an effective team member during my orientation which covered aspects such as safety, culture and how to appropriately deal with a variety of situations that I might encounter in day to day life whilst in Ghana. I think this again reflects how PWA is a responsible organisation...
 
I am so glad to have been able to work with Partner West Africa in Ghana and hope we can return very soon!"
 
Taylah - VWA Volunteer, Malaria Prevention Programme, January 2016
Our Values:
 
Partner West Africa is an inclusive NGO that recognises and respects the culture, values and expertise of the communities it works within. By engaging with local individuals, organisations and community representatives, and by always asking "what are the priorities for the local community?", PWA works to serve local people with initiatives that are welcomed, which offer external support while also promoting a sense of local ownership, and which are fully sustainable.
 
Our core values include:

Partnership - PWA will always try to use harness resources, materials and personnel from diverse sources and locations to implement our projects both in the UK and in West Africa. By bringing local and international team members together in partnership, we promote the view that shared approaches and cultural exchange are fundamental principles of sustainable international development. As expressed explicitly in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No. 17: "Strengthen the means for implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development."

Sharing Knowledge - What use is a local project if the expertise, methods, and knowledge required to sustain it disappear as soon as the project implementation team returns home? All PWA projects are assessed on merit for their ability to eventually be owned, operated and operationally and economically sustained in-full by the local community members in-question. In particular, our volunteer programmes are designed - in the main - to allow members of the international community to share their knowledge, expertise and experience with West African children and families. The well known adage 'Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime', is a sincere aspect of our operational model.

Local Ownership - All our projects & programmes primarily focus on bringing people together who have the right skills, knowledge and experience to share with local actors to help local people solve local development challenges themselves. By taking this approach we pass on knowledge, allowing local people to become self-sufficient and to take charge of their own futures. We build local capacity, strengthen local approaches, and eventually render our organisation's services redundant, as local people no longer need our support. Our primary aim, then, is that our organisation no longer be required.

 
Our Aims & Objectives:
 
Resources and funds raised by PWA are all used directly to fund our West African operations and to deliver projects implemented at a local level, with one fundamental principle in mind: to implement change that will reduce poverty for vulnerable or underprivileged West African families and children which, in-turn, provides those children with effective access to education. Under that fundamental principle, lay six sub-aims & objectives which are all designed to protect and empower families and children by breaking down the development barriers that reinforce inequality and keep the most vulnerable members of society trapped in a cycle of poverty. 
 
These sub-aims & objectives include:
  • Improving children's nutrition & hygiene - UNSDG No.2
  • Reducing child mortality through healthcare, immunisations & malaria prevention - UNSDG No.3 
  • Preparing & providing pre-school age children with access to education - UNSDG No.4
  • Providing economical empowerment & reducing inequality for women & girls - UNSDG No.8 & UNSDG No.10 
All PWA development projects and programmes are designed in keeping with the Charter of the United Nations and to compliment the objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2015.

 

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