AID desires to create projects in such a way that those they seek to help are empowered to solve their own problems and in the future take control of projects themselves.
AID does not seek to impose solutions but works instead with its contacts and partners in the developed and developing world, taking into account the needs and requirements of local people and approaching each project as unique and individual.
We work with partners, institutions and local churches to understand current circumstances and capabilities before seeking to tailor support in the most appropriate and effective way.
Working With Churches
Wherever possible AID works with and through local churches. Using churches as enablers, we can integrate projects into local communities in a sustainable way and continue to support people in managing and building independence and capacity. For example, in our work in South Sudan we work primarily with our partner, the Episcopal Church of the Sudan (ECS), which has close contact with the vast majority of South Sudanese communities; women are drawn into our microfinance project through local churches, and pastors help encourage women to make loan repayments. The ECS also has a strong voice at a national level to challenge governments and change policies and it is equally well-respected at a local level.
As well as this, we work to strengthen the local churches and equip them to serve their communities practically and spiritually for the advancement of the gospel.
Working With Partners
Our on-the-ground activities are delivered by ‘technical partners’; experienced third parties who understand the issues and challenges of the local area and projects we are implementing. For example our sanitation work is guided by a Dutch nurse who has worked in South Sudan for many years, the health worker training is carried out by the International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA) and pastor training work done in coordination with CORE Training and Development.
Monitoring and Evaluation
Alongside this support work, we monitor and audit projects and report to donors and other partner organisations. Our oversight committee manages the funding, delivery and accountability of our work to ensure that everything we do runs efficiently, correctly and to the benefit of those most in need, whilst providing assurance to those who give generously to enable our work.