How we work
Walking Together in Partnership
All We Can works with local communities, so that they can become stronger through our collaboration with them, ensuring that projects are sustainable and that local capabilities are increased.
We do this by working alongside talented local organisations and individuals. Their commitment and compassion means that, more than anyone else, they are best placed to unlock the potential in their communities.
All We Can works in authentic partnership with organisations and churches whose vision, purpose, objectives and values we share.
For All We Can, partnership is not a ‘project cycle’. It is more like a journey, where we come alongside partners and walk together. We identify leaders who have a vision for the local communities they work in. All We Can then supports those leaders and organisations to achieve long-lasting positive change in people’s lives.
All We Can walks hand in hand with our partners through good times and through bad – and the current crisis is no different. As the emerging threat of coronavirus spreads around the globe, All We Can have been collaboratively working with our partners to help prepare them for a rapid, early response to protect the communities that they work in from the spread of the virus – for example, in Uganda, where one of our local partners have recognised the strength of their bicycle projects to help deliver essential transport to rural communities during Uganda’s lockdown, which you can read more about here.
What makes a good partnership?
- Local partners identify their own organisational development goals and priorities: The main focus of All We Can’s approach has been on nurturing healthy partnerships. This has meant moving away from supporting projects to supporting whole organisations and their mission. All We Can seeks to support local partners to achieve their mission.
- We walk together in longer-term, consistent partnerships: Longer-term partnerships, but with a defined end point from the outset, enable local organisations in some of the world’s poorest communities to plan ahead and to create strategic change in their contexts while receiving the support of All We Can.
- We work together relationally: All We Can aims to fully embrace and embody its values as an organisation – justice, solidarity, collaboration, service, inclusion and respect. These values are lived out well in a more relational approach to partnership.
Find out more about our Theory of Change.
Partnership in action
Recognition of All We Can’s partnership approach by The Charity Awards
In 2019, The Charity Awards judge John Low praised the All We Can’s initiative to take proactive steps to fund in a different way, and Danielle Walker Palmour said its 15-year commitment to partners was “unheard of” in the grantmaking sector.
“It’s an amazing thing to say to any organisation, we will stand beside you for 15 years to help you be a better organisation,” she said.Read more