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Leaving and learning

This briefing summarises key principles that underpin Christian Aid’s approach to working with partners.

A game of snakes and ladders

Setting up a research function within an international development NGO

No cold calling/ no reply slip (NI)

Editable slip to leave with an envelope at no cold calling houses or when no one is home. Alternatively, you could use the no reply envelope.

No cold calling/ no reply slip

Editable slip to leave with an envelope at no cold calling houses or when no one is home.

Goleuni yn y tywyllwch (video sermon)

Use this Welsh-language sermon in your Advent or Christmas services.

No more harmful traditional practices: working with faith leaders

In 2017 a consortium of members of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) undertook a study funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), entitled ‘Working effectively with faith leaders to challenge harmful traditional practices'. The United Nations has defined harmful traditional practices (HTPs) as follows: Traditional cultural practices reflect values and beliefs held by members of a community for periods often spanning generations. Every social grouping in the world has specific traditional cultural practices and beliefs, some of which are beneficial to all members, while others are harmful to a specific group, such as women. These harmful traditional practices include female genital mutilation (FGM); forced feeding of women; early marriage; the various taboos or practices which prevent women from controlling their own fertility; nutritional taboos and traditional birth practices; son preference and its implications for the status of the girl child; female infanticide; early pregnancy; and dowry price. Despite their harmful nature and their violation of international human rights laws, such practices persist because they are not questioned and take on an aura of morality in the eyes of those practicing them. Faith leaders are men and women recognised by their faith community, both formally or informally, as playing authoritative and influential leadership roles within faith institutions to guide, inspire or lead others (of faith). This may be within a formal religious hierarchy of accountability, but also includes informal movements. This report serves as a synthesis of the study findings.

What is helping communities mobilise resources? PVCA learning review

Christian Aid (CA) conducted this learning review to understand how Participatory, Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments (PVCAs) have helped communities pull funding, resources and services from actors such as the state, private sector, donors and NGOs in the context of the Programme Partnership Arrangement (PPA) programme.

Power analysis: A learning review

This learning review explores how power analysis is integrated in Christian Aid resilience programmes funded by CHASE and General PPAs 2011-2016.

Partnership, power and adaptive programming: learning from Christian Aid's governance service contracts

A synthesis of findings from a learning review of donor-funded governance programmes.

How Can Donor Requirements be Reformed to Better Support Effort to Strengthen Local Humanitarian Capacity

A paper to inform discussion about the emerging tension between building local capacity and managing programmatic risk.

Missed Opportunities: the case for strengthening national and local partnership-based humanitarian responses

This study examines the potential of partnerships with national non-governmental organisations in humanitarian response, based on lessons from four major emergency settings.

Building the Future of Humanitarian Aid: Local capacity and partnerships in emergency assistance

Investment in building resilience, reducing disaster risk and strengthening local capacity to respond saves lives and speeds recovery from emergencies.