The Common Ground Initiative is co-funded by DfID and seeks to make a more strategic investment in small and African Diaspora organisationsand in doing so, makes a greater contribution to a just world, free from poverty. Comic Relief has had a long standing commitment to small and Diaspora organisations for many reasons; Diaspora organisations frequently bring their intellectual, political, social and cultural skills and resources to bear on the development initiatives they support, while small organisations often have a development ‘niche’ that gives their work clarity of focus and expertise. The central plank of the Common Ground initiative is grant-making. Beyond grant making, we aim to strengthen the capacity of small and Diaspora organisations in the UK so they can become more effective. We will create opportunities for the varied and important voices and experiences of Diaspora and small organisations to influence UK development debates and international development practice.
Education: Our goal is to enable left out and marginalised children and young people to get into, stay in and attain good quality, relevant basic education. Also where appropriate, we want to help communities improve the uptake and quality of education in their local area, thereby empowering the community and strengthening children’s learning._x000D_ Health: Our goal is to contribute to increasing access to primary health care for disadvantaged communities._x000D_
The aim of the programme is to contribute to a transformation in the status and lives of women and girls in Africa so that they can realise their rights and their full potential, and become equal and respected members of families, communities and society. We want Comic Relief’s funding to address changes at both the practical and structural levels and to bring about positive and enduring changes for women and girls in Africa.;
British people have a direct say in how an element of the aid budget is spent on NGO projectsUK Aid Match allows the UK public to have a say in how an element of the aid budget is spent. DFID will match fund, pound for pound, public donations to appeals made by selected not-for-profit organisations, enabling them to increase their poverty reduction and development work in DFID priority countries.
The aim of the programme is to help slum dwellers in Africa drive programmes that lead to improvements in their communities, including securing the legal right to occupy viable land (as tenants or owners), improved access to basic services, better living conditions, and the opportunity for slum dwellers to improve their economic prospects. _x000D_
The aim of the programme is to help people in sub-Saharan Africa achieve sustainable economic development and so improved their livelihoods. This funding will also help reduce inequality by supporting the growth of enterprises that affect poor people constructively. _x000D_ We will assist local enterprises in developing their technical and market expertise and to improve their organisational performance to ensure their long term future._x000D_
The aim of the programme is to help improve educational opportunities and outcomes for the poorest and most disadvantaged while building stronger and more inclusive education systems in sub-Saharan Africa. We want Comic Relief’s funding specifically address the educational needs of those children living with disabilities, girls who are vulnerable to school-based sexual violence, marginalised children of pre-primary age and the most marginalised children.
Targeted women and girls benefit from improvements in one or more of the following five areas: health, education, agriculture/trade, leadership and advocacy for women's rights and violence against women and girls.
Support for inclusive and quality education in selected countries in sub-Saharan Africa by ensuring that up to 30,000 of the poorest and most disadvantaged children have greater access to improved education.
To support the development of trade, enterprise and employment in Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Zambia, Comic Relief will award grants to UK, International and African civil society organisations (CSOs). This will provide 85,000 poor people with improved economic opportunities through: supporting small business and local entrepreneurs to adopt sustainable practices to meet local market requirements; improving the local business enabling environment to support sustainable enterprise development; influencing key local stakeholders to support changes in the business environment and developing the capacity of delivery partners to support growth.
The City of Cape Town built 7,000 new houses in 2012, but there are still 400,000 families officially on the waiting list, many living in dangerous, impoverished slums. Over the last six years an innovative project has been developed that allows residents to make decisions on what services their community needs, and to be in charge of the improvements themselves. It also reduces crime through education, sport and employment. This project will now be rolled out into three new deprived areas with serious histories of violence. The project will provide basic services like water and toilets as well as more advanced help, like education for young children, legal aid (particularly for women), and training for people to start their own businesses.
This project’s aim is to stimulate and harness diaspora investment to create jobs and enhance the African economy. It helps entrepreneurs to gain funding for enterprises in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Rwanda, as well as provide business support to diaspora entrepreneurs so that they can maximise the sustainability and growth of their businesses. In addition, by building networks, the project increases the diversity and impact of investment by the diaspora.
Roughly one million people live in slums to the south east of Cape Town, and over the next few years their population is predicted to double in size. They are built on sand dunes with regular flooding and frequent fires. Water and toilets are few and far between and it is expensive to reach the city for work. Community Organisation Resource Centre will encourage large numbers of poor people to save small amounts every day. These savings will be used as a community contribution of 20% towards improvements, with the other 80% coming from Comic Relief. Residents will decide the priorities and the city authorities have agreed to help pay for better access to water, toilets and electricity.
For a child growing up in rural Tanzania the chance of staying in school and achieving the grades needed to go to secondary school is low. This project aims to give children from birth to age six the best possible start to life by working with parents, schools, communities and government to promote a safe and conducive environment for learning - at home and at school. There is a large investment in research to understand what inputs at this early age really make a difference, with an opportunity to influence government policy and wider practice in early childhood development.
In South Africa, girls from all levels of society are affected by sexual violence at school. This project develops and tests a range of approaches to reduce the occurrence of sexual violence in school. Activities include the creation of safer and more effective schools, safer homes and community environments, and strengthening the income of girls, women and their families so that girls are able to continue their education without having to engage in transactional sexual relations to cover the cost of education and that families don’t feel compelled to remove daughters from school for financial reasons.
Most small coffee farmers lack the knowledge of global markets to get the best price for their product and avoid exploitation. This project trains farmer’s co-operatives across Africa to produce high quality coffee that demands a good price. It promotes sustainable farming practices that are resilient to climate change, and helps women to take an equal role in running the organisation. The project gives assistance with marketing, certification and business management so that co-operatives can thrive in the global marketplace, and the different co-operatives are encouraged to share their knowledge. As the farmers collectively own the co-operatives, the project helps them make a decent living and improve their lives.
Women practising small-scale horticulture in Ethiopia often make little money. This can be because of low levels of production, gender inequality, limited access to essential farming products such as seeds and fertilisers, or limited opportunities for marketing their goods. Young people are leaving farming and migrating to cities as they do not see a future for themselves. This project makes it easier for women and young people to make higher profits through a programme of structured support. Young people are helped to run collective enterprises both on and off farms. This small investment could provide an income in 3-4 months, as well as long-term opportunities to earn money.
Dairy production in and around Arusha, Tanzania, has good potential, and demand is growing especially for high value butter, cheese and fruit yoghurt. There are twenty womens' dairy groups with nearly 2,000 members that are in a strong position to benefit from this potential. This project will help them to organise themsleves, brand and distribute their products, collect and process milk regularly, upgrade their factory and work together to be more efficient.
Many farmers and small business owners in Tanzania have low incomes. This project responds to growing urban demand for processed potato products by forming business groups of thousands of smallholder farmers, small retailers and vendors of potato products, aiming to double their incomes over four years. 30% of the participants are women. The project increases the supply of good quality potatoes, increases investment in processing, builds collaboration, removes barriers to efficiency and profitability, and improves the management and monitoring of these groups. Some funds will also be used to co-invest alongside the business groups’ own profits, in order to respond to growing supply and demand.
The programme proposed will enable effective community based approaches to early childhood development for children from birth to six years old in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. The Firelight Foundation, along with three Lead Partners (one in each country), will strengthen the organisational and technical capacity of community-based organisations (CBOs) to develop, refine and share their approaches to Early Childhood Development (ECD). The ECD interventions delivered by the CBOs vary but all respond to at least one of the following: early school readiness, early infant child health and development interventions, the development of parental knowledge and skills, the development of learning through play in a variety of community based settings.