Action Aid Rwanda
Our VISION is:
“A world without poverty and injustice in which every person enjoys their right to a life of dignity.”
Our MISSION is:
“To work with poor and excluded people to eradicate poverty and injustice.”
Our THEORY OF CHANGE is:
“We believe that an end to poverty and injustice can be achieved through purposeful individual and collective action, led by the active agency of people living in poverty and supported by solidarity, credible rights-based alternatives and campaigns that address the structural causes and consequences of poverty.”
Our VALUES are:
MUTUAL RESPECT, •requiring us to recognize the innate worth of all people and the value of diversity.
EQUITY AND JUSTICE,• requiring us to work to ensure equal opportunity to everyone, irrespective of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, HIV status, color, class, ethnicity, disability, location and religion.
HONESTY AND TRANSPARENCY, •being accountable at all levels for the effectiveness of our actions and open in our judgments and communications with others.
SOLIDARITY WITH THE POOR, •powerless and excluded will be the only bias in our commitment to the fight against poverty.
COURAGE OF CONVICTION,requiring us to be creative and radical, bold and innovative – without fear of failure – in pursuit of making the greatest possible impact on the causes of poverty.
INDEPENDENCE• from any religious or party-political affiliation.
HUMILITY• in our presentation and behavior, recognizing that we are part of a wider alliance against poverty.
From 2012 to 2017: People’s Action to End Poverty
Our strategy People’s Action to End Poverty: 2012-2017 seeks to strengthen our HRBA, clarifying our theory of change and focusing our attention on 10 key promises:
- securing women’s land rights
- promoting sustainable agriculture
- holding governments to account on public services
- achieving redistribution resourcing of development
- transforming education for girls and boys
- harnessing youth leadership to end poverty and injustice
- building people’s resilience to conflict and disaster
- responding to disasters through rights
- increasing women’s and girls’ control over their bodies
- Generating women-centered economic alternatives.
Monitoring and testing our theory of change
In our People’s Action strategy we commit to elaborating and testing our theory of change. Through our People’s Action Monitoring Framework (PAMF) we monitor our theory of change, including the progress we are making in our three programme areas (empowerment, solidarity and campaigning) and towards our eight HRBA principles. This is the first core element of the PAMF. The second core element is monitoring impact through the critical pathways – which represent our theory of change – and associated indicators for each key change promise (see part two of this resource). This monitoring will help us learn more about our theory of change and how change happens.
Our monitoring and evaluation system will let us analyze whether our theory of change is leading us towards the desired impact. Its insights, coupled with our culture of being self-critical, will help to ensure that we are continually testing and evolving our theory of change.
Few key leanings about how we build effective partnerships:
- By selecting the right partners through a thorough mutual appraisal.
- By developing clear partnership agreements, reflected in a memorandum of understanding (MoU), during the strategic planning process.
- By modelling and monitoring our values and principles in our relationship with partners.
- By supporting the capacity development of our partners.
- By linking our partners together.
- By regularly reviewing our partnerships.
- By recognizing that our primary accountability is to the women, men, youth and children living in poverty who we work with.
- By recognizing that we also have other accountability:
- To the state
- To donors who provide financial support for our work
- To sponsors
- To our partners
- To each other.
- By mapping out our accountability in country strategy papers, annual planning and participatory review and reflection processes. Developing an accountability strategy in each local rights programme is valuable, helping us to define who we are accountable to and for what – and also how we will be accountable