These are our guidelines for how we choose to support the communities that we work in.
What is Responsible Giving?
There are so many ways that you can give and it is really important to understand how to give responsibly and what the impact of your gift has, both positive and negative.
Each project that we have is run according to the individual needs of the communities on the ground. Those needs will dictate the way that we will allocate funding that comes in from donations. We will never give a cash handout to any of the participants on our projects. We endeavour to only use donations in a way that does not foster dependence on us, but rather helps create sustainable projects and allows the communities we work with to achieve a level of independence.
With that in mind, this is what responsible giving looks like to The GVI Trust.
Put partners on the path to self-sustainability.
Have long term benefits beyond the one-off payment (for example education, income generating projects, infrastructure, immunization campaigns, provision of clean water).
Have buy-in of local partners and reflect local needs over desires of donating party. Local ownership increases the prospects of long-term success and ensures everyone is accountable for the results.
Be discussed in full consultation with all interested parties (i.e teachers, KWS or community groups).
Be targeted and strategic. Donations should be used on well thought out and properly planned projects .
Benefit entire stakeholder group.
Reach intended parties and have a transparent, accountable governing body. Due diligence must be done on all projects.
Be managed from start to finish in partnership with local communities and stakeholders – from planning to implementation and reporting.
Be followed up with feedback from recipient groups.
Where possible, be supplemented by local support (if GVI has to pull out of a country for example, the local support remains).
Be tailored to each community’s evolving conditions and development opportunities – flexibility is key.
Be well researched while at the same time acknowledge an element of trial and error is necessary.
Donations Should Not
Foster dependence on us, the donors.
Be spent on items or projects that leave partners in the same situation once the money is gone (for example, buying a car, paying for salaries).
Push our ideas on local groups that do not make sense to them or are not helpful or practical. Donations should not be spent on projects that have not been fully committed to by local partners. Remember that we cannot dictate what is best for our partners.
Be an individual’s decision and certainly should not be discussed with local partners before consulting with the GVI team.
Constantly thrown at immediate symptoms of poverty when there are more pressing, big picture issues to address.
Benefit an individual.
Be misused due to poor management or be spent on consultants from donor countries rather than investing locally.
Be handed over to local communities without collaboration and monitoring – we have responsibilities to donors to ensure it is spent correctly.
Be forgotten about once the money is handed over.
Create a vulnerable situation for local communities where if GVI pulls out, support ceases.
Assume a “one size fits all” model to solutions. The causes of poverty are complex, so too are the solutions.
Wait for a guaranteed solution to problems OR go forward with a poorly researched project.