International Partners and Donors
RRF is a donor-based organization. That means that almost all of our activities are financially supported by international partners and donor organizations. We are proud that we are trusted by some very influential international development organizations that choose us as their local partners. Through our strong interconnections with them we can look back on a long history of successfully implemented projects.
In this section we present our regular international partners and donors:
EU (European Union)
The EU is a politico-economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) provides humanitarian aid from the EU to developing countries.
ECHO's mandate is to provide emergency assistance and relief (in the form of goods and services) to victims of conflict and natural or man-made disasters outside the EU. Its mandate also extends to disaster prevention and post-crisis operations.
European humanitarian aid is based on the principles of humanity and solidarity. Therefore its implementation depends on the application of international law, and in particular international humanitarian law, and on the fundamental principles of impartiality, non-discrimination and neutrality.
GIZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation)
The GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) is a company that specializes in international development. GIZ is owned by the German Federal Government and operates in more than 130 countries.
GIZ works in a variety of fields, namely: Economic development and employment; government, democracy and poverty reduction; education, health and social security; environment and infrastructure; and agriculture, fisheries and food. GIZ works primarily with states, state agencies, and the private sector (and not normally with for example non-governmental organizations, universities or research organizations).
Interational Alert is an international non-governmental organization dedicated to the prevention and mitigation of violent internal conflict, based in London. International Alert became one of the largest international non-governmental organizations in the world, with a budget of approximately UK£5 million a year, a staff of 80 and field programmes in over 15 countries in conflict. Many organisations adopted International Alert’s mandate of conflict prevention.
IREX (International Research & Exchange Board)
The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) is an US-based international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development.
IREX designs education programs and provides consulting that support lifelong learning. Programs focus on primary and secondary levels, through higher education, and continuing into professional training.
IREX media projects work with local partners to advance the professionalism and long-term economic sustainability of newspapers, radio, television, and new media.
Working in transitional, conflict and post-conflict, and repressive environments, IREX uses specialized training, tailored consulting, and small grants to build skills for balanced, investigative reporting, better media management, and advocacy for press freedom.
OSIWA (Open Society Initiative for West Africa)
The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is a West African organization which promotes democratic values. OSIWA "believes that it best serves by sustaining catalytic and innovative initiatives that add value to the efforts of West Africa's civil society." OSIWA also believes in the value of cooperation with similarly minded groups and governments.
OSIWA covers 18 countries, which include the 15 members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), as well as Cameroon, Chad, and Mauritania. It supports civil society communities and advocates to governments on issues of governance; law, justice and human rights; public health and development; information, communication technology, and media.
The current chair of the OSIWA board is El Hadj Sy from Senegal. One of the last chairs was held by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, current President of Liberia.
Search for Common Ground
Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization operating in 34 countries whose mission is to transform the way the world deals with conflict away from adversarial approaches toward cooperative solutions. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and Brussels, Belgium, with the majority of its 600 employees based in field offices around the world including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.
SFCG has created independent radio programming, developed a newsletter which features articles on relations between the West and the Muslim world, and brought together numerous conflicting groups to find ways to peacefully resolve issues.
TrustAfrica, originally called the "Special Initiative for Africa", is an independent foundation that works to secure the conditions for democracy and equitable development throughout the continent. Led by Africans, it convenes dialogues, catalyzes ideas, and provides grants and technical assistance to organizations working to advance these goals.
Its programs currently focus on three issues:
- Democracy and Civil Society — securing the conditions for democracy by strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations.
- Equitable Development — fostering African enterprise and extending the benefits of economic growth to all members of society.
- African Philanthropy — leveraging new and traditional forms of African giving to advance democracy and development and to minimize reliance on external donors.
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women, is a United Nations entity working for the empowerment of women. It became operational in January 2011.
UN Women's main thematic areas of work include: Leadership and Political Participation; Economic Empowerment; Ending Violence against Women; Humanitarian Action; Peace and Security; Governance and National Planning; The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; HIV and AIDS.
UN Women is empowered: to support intergovernmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms; to help UN member states implement the above standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it and to forge effective partnerships with civil society; to enable member states to hold the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender equality, including regular monitoring of system-wide progress.
UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations' global development network. Headquartered in New York City, UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. It provides expert advice, training, and grants support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries.
The status of UNDP is that of an executive board within the United Nations General Assembly. The UNDP Administrator is the third highest-ranking official of the United Nations after the United Nations Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General.
To accomplish the MDGs and encourage global development, UNDP focuses on poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS, democratic governance, energy and environment, social development, and crisis prevention and recovery. UNDP also encourages the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women in all of its programmes.
WHH (Welthungerhilfe – German for World Hunger Aid) is a German non-denominational and politically independent, non-profit-making and non-governmental aid agency working in the field of development cooperation and emergency relief aid. Since it was founded in 1962, it has used about 2.84 billion euros to carry out more than 7733 aid projects in 70 countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
WHH has set itself the goal of banishing famine and poverty from the world. Following the basic principle of help towards self-help, it works together with local partner organisations to support the efforts of people in developing countries to free themselves from hunger and poverty and to provide for themselves on a sustainable basis.