About us Who we are Strategy and goals Our Strategic Plan The Assisi Aid Projects strategy aims to strengthen the capacity of women to establish, operate and manage their own development initiatives. The strategy targets the root causes of gender inequality – embedded in the systems and structures of power and politics – through a focus on fostering equal gender relations and by working with women and men, girls and boys. Our strategic plan focuses on supporting women to adopt leadership roles, to start businesses, to access significant government support schemes, and to advocate for their rights. Men and children play an important role in transforming attitudes to gender equality and engage in our projects to promote these values within their communities. Our Goals By June 2022, Assisi Aid Projects aims to achieve the following goals: Increase women’s social, economic and political empowerment Advance transformational change in institutional and social norms impacting gender equality Ensure organisational effectiveness, sustainability and accountability Enhance organisational and sector learning Our Strategies Assisi Aid Projects will implement the following strategies to achieve our goals: 1. Ensure our work is informed by context specific gender analysis In all countries where Assisi Aid Projects works, we will engage and consult with local partners and communities to develop a deep understanding of gender dynamics and the barriers to women’s economic, social and political participation. 2. Prioritise projects that target women’s social, economic and political empowerment Assisi Aid Projects will maintain and expand our support for programs targeting gender equality and women’s economic, social and political empowerment. Assisi Aid Projects will work with, and support, existing local women’s organisations and networks, recognising the leading role of these organisations in driving change. We will provide organisational development and technical support to our local partner organisations to improve their capacity to utilise a self-help group approach for empowerment. The self-help group approach maximises women’s economic empowerment by improving savings and asset accumulation, financial literacy and improving women’s economic self-sufficiency. Furthermore, the self-help group approach has the added advantage of contributing to women’s social capital through building solidarity and peer support networks among women, creating safe (women only) spaces in which women take leadership roles and building women’s confidence to act collectively to achieve real social change. 3. Challenge discriminatory gender norms, particularly by working with children In recognition that cultural change can take generations to achieve, working with children (boys and girls) to breakdown gender bias and discrimination represents a key strategy for achieving sustainable change. Assisi Aid Projects will capitalise on our long history of working with children to implement interventions that challenge negative gender norms and stereotypes and promote children’s rights and equality. Assisi Aid Projects will continue to support children’s clubs as a forum for bringing girls and boys together to receive additional tuition and build mutual understanding and respect. 4. Work with, and enable, value-aligned local organisations Assisi Aid Projects works with local partners in India and Cambodia who share our objectives and have demonstrated knowledge and expertise in working effectively within their local communities. Assisi Aid Projects will continue to identify in-country partners and collaborators who share Assisi Aid Projects' vision, and have an interest in, and the capacity to, implement projects aligned with Assisi Aid Projects' strategy. Assisi Aid Projects will work collaboratively with existing and new local partners to undertake a participatory approach to identifying, designing, reviewing and evaluating projects. 5. Strengthen organisational effectiveness to maximise development impact Assisi Aid Projects will strengthen our project management policies and procedures to support our efforts to maximise development impact. We will ensure that our policies and processes align with best practice and remain fit-for-purpose for a small NGO and for working in partnership with local organisations. 6. Align monitoring and evaluation of our projects to our strategy and embed a learning agenda to support continuous improvement Assisi Aid Projects will engage in robust ongoing monitoring and evaluation and report on the impact, effectiveness, efficiency and relevance of all our projects. This will include capturing valuable lessons learnt, which will inform improvements to our strategic approach, realign our current project implementation plans to maximise impact and inform future project design. 7. Develop a fundraising strategy To maximise our impact and reach, Assisi Aid Projects will seek to grow and diversify our income base. This will include developing a fundraising strategy that strengthens our ongoing engagement with existing Australian community supporters and donors and proactively seeks to engage new community supporters and secure new corporate and institutional funding. Download our current strategic plan here.