Wiggle Room: Making a Case for NGO Partnerships

From: Huffington Post

. Founder, Segal Family Foundation

The spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa will eventually be contained and the civil wars in South Sudan, Congo and other African countries will one day end. But even generations of positive press about the continent would be hard pressed to erase the world’s image of Africa as a hopeless place of death and terrorism. Consider this my small contribution to flipping that image.

August 19th is World Humanitarian Day; marking the day in 2003 when 22 aid workers paid the ultimate price in the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad. It is intended to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world, and Africa is a place where so much of this good work is happening.

Across the African continent more than 1 million Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) — from the grassroots level to multi-nationals — are hard at work where local governments are unable or unwilling to provide social welfare services like healthcare, feeding programs and education to over half a billion people.

Mission statements for each organization vary widely, but the guiding principle of each is the same: they exist to improve the lives of their beneficiaries

The number of NGOs seems countless, but the tremendous scope and complexity of Africa’s problems is overwhelming their resources. This is causing many NGOs to partner together to address some of Africa’s biggest problems — education, health, and employment — in a multi-sector approach.

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