Guidelines for Development
Programs & Projects

Introduction

Care for Africa (CfA) is an Australian not for profit charitable organisation.  CfA is a registered Rotary Australia World Community (RAWCS) project (project number 41-2009/10). At the core of the organisation’s operations is an emphasis on capacity building to assist communities in breaking their cycle of poverty.   CfA works in 6 remote communities in the Tarime region of Tanzania and undertakes programs in four key areas including water, health, education and social enterprise

Our vision is: Thriving communities with access to clean water, health care and opportunities for growth.

Our mission is:  Fostering growth and self-sufficiency in communities, through clean water, health, education and economic well-being.

Our programs

CfA provides aid and development in the form of health and education programs, water, sanitation and hygiene programs and social enterprise programs for vulnerable communities in Tarime, Tanzania, to enable long term sustainable development and economic wellbeing. 

Our work and projects in these communities include: 

  • Health – Rural School Health Clinics, education programs, mentor programs with the Tarime District Hospital, 
  • Education – establishment of a school, teacher scholarships and child sponsorship. 
  • Water – drilling deep water wells and delivering water and sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs; and 
  • Social enterprise –development of women’s’ centres to set up and run various social enterprise programs, which include sewing, soap making, agricultural programs, sunflower oil production and a schools’ breakfast program.  These programs are supported by adult education programs. 

Underlying Principles

Our Approach and Process

Engaging primary stakeholders

Our programs are community initiated and community centred both in Tanzania and also in Australia. Capacity building is always at the heart of the implementation, as well as respect for the communities we work with.

CfA is committed to advancing the participation and contribution of primary stakeholders.

CfA provides opportunities and enable people living in poverty to actively become involved in processes to change their lives and circumstances. Our approach involves the engagement and active participation of the primary stakeholders.

Our approaches ensure local ownership of projects by engaging primary stakeholders throughout development projects.  They participate in identifying their strengths, aspirations, the areas for concern, available resources, defining goals, planning, implementing and managing project activities and contributing financially (including in kind).

Primary stakeholder engagement

CfA promotes an environment for people to discuss their hopes for the future, identify their strengths, problems and raise awareness of their rights and ability to achieve. 

  • We recognise and engage with existing structures to promote fully inclusive development. We engage with all sections of the community, including the most marginalised people, to participate in their own development processes.
  • We have mutual trust allowing the expression and discussion of beliefs, knowledge, resources, constraints and costs prior to planning solutions.
  • We strengthen communities’ ability to access resources, implementation plans, manage and monitor progress and evaluate entire processes.
  • Our organic approach to development ensures primary stakeholders participate in making decisions about the initiatives affecting them and they are drivers of their own change.

Involving children

The future of humanity and of our planet lies in our hands. It lies also in the hands of today’s younger generation who will pass the torch to future generations

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CfA is committed to promoting the participation of children who have a voice but often not heard  and their participation in development initiatives which target them. We respect and allow their input to value add to the development and change as this will ultimately impact their every- day lives. We support them to vocalise their issues clearly to protect and fulfil their rights. We Identify and frame issues that are important to them and they are recognised as key stakeholders.

CfA’s Child and vulnerable person policy ensures for protection of children and vunerable in all asects of CfA’s activities and is located on the Care for Africa website.

Partnerships

We share the same vision and values with those with whom we collaborate with. We identify common goals by ensuring that our combined efforts produce positive and effectual change based on equity, mutual respect, transparency and accountability.

CfA’s partner due diligence assessment tool has been developed to determine whether our partner or prospective partner is operating in accordance with standard beliefs of good practice and international norms. 

CfA ensures all potential partners undertake due diligence and capacity assessments with whom they wish to work in formal partnerships. Our documents ensure alignment with CfA’s values and objectives, governance and legal registration, financial systems, reference checks against prohibited listings as capacity assessment for implementation of key safeguarding and risk policies.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

CfA is committed to ensuring it has appropriate policies governing the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) of CfA programs and projects. The MEL enables effective reporting of the impact, effectiveness and efficacy and continuous improvement of the organization and programs we deliver to our stakeholders, donors and funders. CfA’s MEL policy ensures the systems and processes operating within the organization are working towards increased development effectiveness. The monitoring, evaluation and learning policy is located on the Care for Africa website.

Gender Equality, Disability and Diversity

CfA recognises that women and girl children and all disabled people are over-represented amongst poor and marginalised people. Addressing this inequality and injustice is a priority for CfA. We also recognise that these situations will not be addressed successfully unless the attitudes and behaviours of both women and men change. Consequently, we seek to support work that addresses gender and disability inequalities and the contributing attitudes and behaviours, appropriately engages both women and men in the development process and promotes gender equality, justice and empowerment throughout the development cycle. 

CfA is committed to those that are vulnerable and those who are affected by the overlapping drivers of marginalisation and exclusion including those with disability.

We work with partners to ensure that people with disabilities are included in project activities in ways that are accessible and empowering.

We have a gender equality, disability and diversity policy which is located on the Care for Africa website.

Environmental Sustainability

CfA strives to minimise negative impacts of our operations on the environment.  We strive to promote sustainable environmental practices in country within the communities we work and to reduce the environmental footprint of our internal operations.  CfA’s environmental sustainability statement is located on the Care for Africa Website.

Communication

Care for Africa communicates ethically and truthfully. We guarantee that all communication is respectful and upholds personal dignity.

We ensure we receive proper consent, whether it be verbal or written consent. No image is used without consent. This is written into our volunteer policy, child safety procedure, ethics and professional conduct policy and our fundraising policy. 

Images and personal stories about people we work with play a vital role in helping CfA raise awareness about poverty. By communicating truthfully to our audiences, this brings CfA’s work to life and in engages our supporters to protect and understand the women, men, boys and girls that we are portraying. Our communications reflect people, their experiences and the context of situations truthfully and authentically, and accurately describe the nature, scope and impact of CfA’s work. CfA’s ethical decision-making framework ensures that all content is collected and used ethically, honestly and sensitively and with respect for people’s dignity and culture. 

People and culture

We enable our people to conduct themselves professionally and according to our stated values

CfA conducts its activities according to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, respect and fairness when dealing with all of our volunteers, staff, partners, observers, contractors and associates, when dealing with any activity associated with CfA.  The organisation’s Code of Conduct and policies ensure that our Board of Directors, volunteers and staff meet these high standards. 

The organisation takes seriously its obligations to comply with all Australian, Tanzanian and International laws and regulations, as well as common law obligations, and again requires all Board of Directors, volunteers, staff, contractors and associates to do the same.

CfA is committed to providing a workplace free of all forms of harassment and bullying and will take all reasonable, practicable steps to provide and maintain a working environment free from these behaviours

Accreditation and memberships

Care for Arica works in accordance with the Australian Council for International Development Code of Conduct (www.acfid.asn.au/code-of-conduct).

  1. Sustainable Development Goals- Transforming our world: the 2010 Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030 Agenda, Paragraph 5314 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld
CFA-D1.V1 Guidelines for Development Programs & Projects
Effective Date: 7 August 2020 Document
Approved By: Board of Management. Controlled Document — Printed Versions are not controlled. CFA