Transform Africa is a UK registered charity. It is a member of the Transform Network of institutional and community capacity building, research and advocacy organisations in UK and Africa. Presently we have partners in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The charity grew from a consortium of Northern NGOs comprising CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam and World University Services (WUS), which by 1992 had been involved in training local NGOs in Africa. They had come to the conclusion that capacity-building services were more effective in terms of cost and relevance when provided by local NGO partners who understand the local contexts better. We have a vast and rich experience in enhancing the effectiveness of local organisations in Africa and their beneficiary communities. So far over 120 organisations in nine countries have graduated from our programmes.
We are committed to supporting African communities and organisations that work with them to improve their effectiveness in fighting poverty and social and economic injustice.
Working with its partners, Transform Africa has been able to improve the effectiveness of over 130 local organisations in various countries in Africa since 1998 when it was established.
Apart from working with partners in the Network, Transform Africa has developed bilateral partner relationships with organisations in Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We raise funds and work with them to support and empower communities to improve the quality of life of the disadvantaged individuals and groups. Our interventions include prevention of HIV and mitigation of its effects, income generation and wealth creation through community-based revolving funds, peace building and improving the status of women. Our approach is to encourage focus groups, workshops and general discussions between all community members. This allows a sensitivity to local contexts in the planning and development of projects and an increased equality amongst all members of a community.
In all of its work, Transform Africa's objective is to develop a body of new ideas and research that will influence policy and practice. Over the past five years, we have carried out two major researches on gender and North-South partnerships. The findings have been shared widely and used to improve our programmes. We also support our partners to undertake action research in areas, which are relevant to our joint work.
In the UK Transform Africa raises public awareness of various issues relating to poverty and injustice in African countries, engages in debates that aim to challenge some of the development paradigms on fighting poverty in Africa and provides services for improving North-South donor and NGO partnerships.