Funding themes

Funding will be allocated under 4 thematic areas:

Sustainable livelihoods

By 2050 the global population is set to hit 9 billion (UN Population Fund) putting enormous pressure on the vital resources which individuals and communities need, now and for future generations.

A livelihood is sustainable when individuals and communities have access to the vital resources that they need to thrive. Tackling financial poverty, enabling economic resilience in families and supporting small-scale enterprise and employment is key to supporting the fundamental right to a sustainable livelihood, allowing families and communities to respond and adapt to and recover from things beyond their control.

We seek to promote realistic and sustainable livelihood opportunities in Wales and Africa, ensuring that marginalized individuals are included in grassroots economic and social development.

Initiatives that we support include for example:

  • Community-led, income generating cooperatives that have benefit to Wales and Africa;
  • Engaging the public through Fair Trade campaigns, advocacy or policy;
  • Activities that bring the consumer closer to the producer in a sustainable way;
  • Support to small scale agricultural projects and activities; and
  • Support to grassroots income generating activities e.g. arts & crafts.

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Lifelong Learning

In our globalised world, learning is more than about acquiring and using factual knowledge, but also includes personal and professional skills development throughout adult life. This might be through developing self-confidence for young people or exposing mature professionals to new experiences in Africa.

Lifelong Learning provides an opportunity for us to look afresh at our own society and question and understand it better, as well as creating greater awareness of international issues.

Under Lifelong Learning we will support individuals or groups of children or adults in Wales and/or Africa to gain skills and knowledge.

This might include, for example:

  • Linking communities in Wales with African partners to develop mutual understanding of global development and international issues;
  • Supporting the educational needs of disadvantaged children in Africa and sharing that experience with school pupils in Wales, contributing to their global education; and
  • Supporting people in Africa to learn practical/vocational/artistic skills to improve their livelihoods (e.g. theatre and dance, IT and carpentry).

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Access to good quality healthcare is essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It is also one of the areas where inequality can be seen most starkly. Children in sub-Saharan Africa are more than 15 times more likely to die before the age of five than children in developed regions (WHO).

High-income countries have an average of almost 90 nurses and midwives for every 10,000 people while some low-income countries have fewer than 2 per 10,000 people and nearly 800 women die every day due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth (WHO Global Health 2014 report).

We therefore seek to contribute to protecting the mental and physical health and wellbeing of communities in Africa through our grants.

This includes for example:

  • Supporting knowledge and skills sharing between health institutions in Wales and Africa for mutual learning and benefit;
  • Supporting healthcare professionals in Africa to access small scale training and support; and
  • Supporting communities in Wales and Africa to access to more equitable, quality healthcare

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Climate Change and Environment

The pressures of climate change are made worse by inequality, as the poorest and most marginalized are excluded from a decent standard of living, free from poverty, and without access to essential services including education, health care, clean water and nutritious food.

The impacts of climate change and environmental degradation are felt by us here in Wales as well as the wider world, but research shows that it is the world’s poorest who face the greatest risks.

Our ambition is to help mitigate negative effects and contribute to positive change now and for future generations.

Under our climate change and environment grant stream, we will support initiatives that help people while working to reduce environmental degradation and biodiversity loss in Africa as well as strategic and practical work to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and to protect people from the impacts of climate change on food supplies, water availability or safety.

This includes, for example:

  • Activities which support African farmers to adapt to a changing climate;
  • Projects which enable the use of renewable energy in Africa;
  • Projects engaging people in Wales with climate change issues as they affect Africa; or
  • Work aiming to support African partners in implementing sustainable development practices.

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