Our unique approach
Working through local people
Almost all of the people and partners who run our programmes are from the developing world. This means our staff are on the ground experiencing poverty at first hand. We see day-to-day how poverty affects people’s lives, and are uniquely placed to give a voice to the women and children who suffer most.
Building lasting change
We don’t impose solutions. We listen and then work with people to make sure their voice is heard and that they’re actively involved in solving the problems they face, so we can build change that lasts. By campaigning against issues like tax dodging and gender-based violence we’re helping to change the systems of our global economy that hold women and girls back and keep countries poor.
Rosemary Mpapa’s school in Zambia has so few resources that many children don’t have desks. Zambia’s government aims to provide free education but to do this it needs more money, money it should get from tax, but it is losing out on millions though tax breaks and loopholes. When public services are underfunded, it's women and girls who pay the highest price. That’s why we’re campaigning to stop UK companies from tax dodging in countries like Zambia, so that girls like Rosemary can fulfill their right to a quality education.
On the frontline
We respond fast to women and children in desperate need with practical, hands-on help. We focus on supporting the most vulnerable people living on the margins of survival: who are hungry, lack access to clean water and are at risk of violence and exploitation.
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