The PLP is made up of members - all small and diaspora organisations - who form a network to strengthen each other by sharing learning. Here you can find information about each member organisation and link to their websites.
Africa Foundation Stone aims to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of disadvantaged people in the communities both in the UK and abroad.
In the UK, AFS was set up to create a holistic approach to social integration for people of African descent and other minority communities. They work in partnership with local authorities and educational institutions in Waltham Forest to provide a range of services to tackle underachievement, exclusion, unemployment and crime, promote health and social welfare, and environmental awareness.
AFS also recruits, trains and sends professionals (predominantly African or African Europeans) who are skilled in the fields of Participation & Governance, HIV & AIDS and Secure Livelihoods to do voluntary work in Cameroon. This is in partnership with and with the support of VSO’s Diaspora Volunteering Programme. AFS’ work aims to support a sustainable transfer of skills and capacity building to NGOs in Yaoundé and Douala, Cameroon. Projects are planned in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.
Telephone: 0207 1950055
African Initiatives works to support communities in Africa to find their own long term solutions to the problems they face. Together with communities, African Initiatives works to build self-sufficiency and confidence and empower people to fully participate in the decisions that affect their lives.
African Initiatives provides advice, training and resources to support communities to make their voices heard, stand up against corruption and lift themselves out of poverty. African Initiatives believes that as a small organisation, they are more effectively able to build long-term and trusting relationships with local people.
Telephone: 0117 915 0001
Africare provides support to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in the UK and in Eastern Africa.
Internationally, Africare works in close partnership with several organisations, such as Living Well International, ICA:UK, ICA: Kenya,. In Uganda, Africare has rolled out the Elton John AIDS Foundation funded ‘positive self-management programme’, provided services to people and children living with HIV/AIDS in rural Uganda with the Kadama Widows Association and Charity Women’s Association; and receives funding from Comic Relief to provide services for, in particular, widows affected by HIV/AIDS in Eastern Uganda.
In the UK, Africare undertakes awareness raising, advocacy and support for people living with HIV and AIDS, and is a a member of The African HIV Policy Network; Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham and Hounslow Primary Care Trusts; and the African Communities Forum, the NHS Kensington and Chelsea Sexual Health and HIV Providers Forum, and the West London African HIV Prevention Partnership Project Steering Group (WLAHPPP).
Telephone: 0208 7494200
Busoga Association UK was established in 1996 by members of the Busoga community, initially to help people integrate into life in the UK. It started its international work in Uganda from 2001. It is a membership organisation, and members make up the majority of the Executive Committee.
In the Busoga region of Uganda, BAUK’s community level partners work with women and street children. For instance, ‘The Safeguarding Girl Education Project’ aims to improve access to education and opportunities for women – in particular young mothers - and to build awareness of their rights. Other projects work with women living in slums and street children. In the UK, BAUK’s work includes health promotion, life skills training, advocacy and counselling work, and cultural events.
Telephone: 0203 215 2090
The Cafédirect Producers Foundation was set up in 2009 by the Cafédirect Producers Limited (CPL), the producer cooperative of Cafedirect. Cafédirect is the UK's largest 100% Fairtrade hot drinks company. The farmers and smallholder-owned businesses in Africa, Asia & Latin America who supply Fairtrade coffee, cocoa and tea to Cafédirect are represented by a producer cooperative (CPL).
To leverage more input and influence in Cafédirect, CLP set up a Foundation which works on behalf of producers to: manage the Cafédirect Producer Partnership Programme and other projects; bringing the producer perspective, establishing relationships and strategic alliances, and building ways of working, between Producer Organisations and Cafédirect plc; and raise awareness and funding for programmes to strengthen producer organisations.
Telephone: 020 7033 6000
CODA International works in partnership with civil society organisations to develop and deliver participatory programmes promoting economic and social equality in poor and marginalised communities. CODA is strongly guided by the priorities and perspectives of its partners in the South, and its core values of solidarity, horizontality, self-determination, participation and trust.
CODA exists to provide or facilitate the resources - financial and advisory - that will enable partners in Central America, Southern Africa and Palestine to put their solutions into practice. The organisation grew out of technology for social change training work in the 1980s, which linked the UK, Nicaragua, and South Africa.
Telephone: 0207 5614831
CDO (formerly African Families Support Services) was set up to respond to the needs in the UK of black Africans and African Caribbeans (but not exclusively those communities). In particular they have worked a great deal with refugees and asylum seekers and those affected by HIV/AIDS.
CDO also works in Uganda addressing HIV/AIDS in the community, providing support for orphans and vulnerable children, and supporting people living with HIV/AIDS to improve their lives and welfare through getting involved in income-generating activities. CDO also supports a school for children with hearing impairments in Uganda.
Work in the UK includes support for people affected with HIV/AIDS and their families, parenting skills training, family interventions, support for young people at risk of offending, those who are victims of crime, issues around gangs, guns and knives, and support for young people into education and training.
Communities for Social Change evolved out of the Black Community Development Project, which aimed to challenge the marginalisation and oppression of minority ethnic people, and fight for social justice for all, in Greater Pilton, Edinburgh.
Communities for Social Change was established to continue this community harmonisation and conflict resolution work in the UK and elsewhere.
Telephone: 0131 476 5827
Congolese Refugee Women Association (CRWA) was established by refugee women from Congo as a self help community organisation in 1996 with the aim to address the issues Congolese and French speaking women and their children encounter as refugees or asylum seekers living in UK: hardship, isolation, depression, language barrier, employment, and gender related violence.
CRWA aims to: raise awareness on the issues that affect the target community; advocate for their rights and entitlements; empower, encourage women to access education, training and microfinance; support employability so women are better able to integrate and achieve their potential; promote child and women welfare and social care worldwide.
To work towards these aims, CRWA offers services, such as: advice and counselling, advocacy services, child and youth activities, family support and mediation, education and training, microfinance, health promotion, and women’s support groups.
Telephone: 0208 534 4222
Equality Now was founded in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world. Working with national human rights organisations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilises international action to support their efforts to stop these human rights abuses.
Through its Women’s Action Network of concerned groups and individuals around the world, Equality Now:
- distributes information about human rights violations
- takes action to protest these violations
- brings public attention to human rights violations against women
- Issues of urgent concern to Equality Now include rape, domestic violence, reproductive rights, trafficking of women, female genital mutilation, and the denial of equal access to economic opportunity and political participation.
Telephone: 020 7839 5456
Feed the Minds is an ecumenical Christian organisation that supports education in the world’s poorest regions. It works with partners in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Latin America.
Feed the Minds focuses on assistance for education, believing that this is the most effective way to empower people and invest in the sustainable future of whole communities. The organisation supports adult literacy projects, education around peace building and reconciliation, general health, HIV/AIDS, human rights, income-generation and community-building.
Feed the Minds particularly encourages the creation of local, culturally-appropriate education materials because we know that people learn best in their own languages and by hearing familiar stories.
Telephone: 08451 212102
FOTCHSA is a UK based charity that exists to support the work of Isibani Sethemba (formerly Ingwavuma Orphan Care), an NGO in South Africa that works to improve the lives of families affected by HIV. Their work includes: giving medical support, HIV testing, administering ARV drugs, home visits by a team of home-based carers, distributing food packages, local school educational support, and legal support. FOTCHSA is currently helping over 3000 AIDS orphans to find safe and loving foster homes, get back into schooling, receive anti-retroviral treatment, claim government benefits, and learn skills to get work and/or start their own small businesses.
Telephone: 0782 4353014
FoTAC, or Friends of the Treatment Action Campaign, is a UK-based charity which supports and works closely with the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) - South Africa's largest grass roots organisation campaigning for greater access to HIV treatment for all. Since 1998, TAC's work has resulted in life-saving interventions in South Africa, including the implementation of country-wide mother-to-child transmission prevention and antiretroviral treatment programmes.
A large part of FOTAC UK's work is focused on supporting TAC's national treatment literacy campaign: a training programme on the science of HIV treatment and prevention. FOTAC UK also coordinates international support for TAC's campaigns in South Africa, educates people in the UK about the HIV and AIDS crisis in southern Africa, and undertakes fundraising.
Telephone: 07809 728164
GardenAfrica aims to enhance the relationship between communities and their environment, providing training and support for the most vulnerable and resource poor, enabling them to cultivate their own food rather than depending on aid, and to improve health, productivity and quality of life through horticulture.
GardenAfrica works with knowledgeable and trusted local partners in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa, to establish productive organic training gardens in schools, hospitals and clinics, growing nutritious food and medicinal herbs. These gardens offer practical and effective solutions for building community health and livelihoods, ensuring the continuation of vital botanical and horticultural knowledge through to the next generation of carers and providers.
Telephone: 01435 882475
GHARWEG was set up in August 1985 by Africans and Caribbeans to provide advisory services in welfare, housing, immigration, health and counseling and employment training courses targeted at people from black and minority communities; especially those originating from Africa, refugees and asylum seekers.
Currently we work with partners in Ghana on two key projects: with GrassrootsAfrica to empower marginalised communities to engage in the decision making processes in four districts in the Upper East Region; and with the Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA) who are empowering women to represent themselves in various aspects of political and decision making processes in the Northern regions in Ghana.
Our main activities in the UK are as follows:
- One-to-one advice to support the integration of migrant communities;
- Support to get people into employment and training, including through the GHARWEG Employability Project which provides ICT training and vocational guidance support for 200 people a year in partnership with OBAC
- Development awareness activities aimed at creating awareness of global development issues among minority communities and the wider public.
- Serving as a resource for small community organisations to use our facilities and centre towards their own development.
Telephone: 020 7620 1430
International Childcare Trust (ICT) works with local grassroots NGOs in Africa and Asia that protect children’s rights; in particular, organisations that address both the causes and effects of child poverty and sickness, and that advance the education of children who are in a condition of need, hardship or distress.
ICT’s approach combines the delivery of practical assistance with capacity building and advocacy initiatives. Practical assistance includes supporting direct benefits to disadvantaged children, their families and communities, e.g. primary health care, vocational training and rehabilitation of children back into families. Capacity building enables partners to grow into strong organisations in their own right. Advocacy initiatives help local communities in Africa and Asia become aware of their rights and governments to take responsibility for addressing the issues their citizens face.
Telephone: 020 7065 0970
Mifumi has worked for over ten years in Uganda, supporting the needs of and promoting protection for women and children, and reducing the burden of poverty by securing basic rights for people living in remote communities.
Mifumi supports women and children affected by domestic violence and abuse, as well as bride price violations. The organisation works on the principles of a women and children centred approach to ending violence and abuse, empowering survivors to resist violence and demand their rights, empowering communities to bear the burden of violence against women and children, and hold perpetrators accountable for their behaviour.
The organisation also works in close collaboration with partners in the diaspora, raising awareness of the development issues in Uganda and beyond, and encouraging participation, networking and building links.
Telephone: 01179 166457
The Pan-African Development Education and Advocacy Programme (PADEAP) aims to promote sustainable and practical solutions to the challenges of development in Africa and the Diaspora. Its programmes operate from its headquarters in Kampala, Uganda and offices based in Katsina State, Funtua, Nigeria and London, United Kingdom. PADEAP works with its partners to:
- Educate development partners, governments, and NGOs on the development needs of Africans – from an African perspective - through networking, advocacy and empowerment programmes.
- Empower African groups by providing them with knowledge, training, and shared activities for self-reliance and proactive global interdependence.
- Develop community and regional newsletters on development education and advocacy skills that will address and educate people about current local and global development issues.
- Develop and design participatory training courses to enhance capacity building, leadership skills, advocacy, and development lobby.
Telephone: 0208 375 3544
Power International’s vision is to see a world in which people disadvantaged by disability and poverty are able to exercise their full human rights and participate in the economic and social life of their communities. Power is currently operating in Mozambique, Zambia and Laos.
Working with local partners, the organisation enables people with disabilities to improve their lives in different ways through: helping to make health-care, education and employment more accessible; capacity-building of local organisations of people with disabilities; training and grants to begin small businesses to develop financial health; farm-development so that people with disabilities can grow food to feed their families and generate income; education to promote parent-craft and sexual health; assistance with mobility needs.
Telephone: 01494 614604
Protimos is an organisation of lawyers who work to provide access to law for indigenous and marginalised communities in the developing world. The Protimos Educational Trust is the charitable arm of Protimos, which carries out community legal empowerment, capacity building and other charitable activities of Protimos.
They work in collaboration with indigenous communities in Southern Africa, helping them to understand and assert their legal rights in the development process through providing legal assistance and education.
They assist and train local lawyers to use existing law in the following areas: public interest law, intellectual property rights (IPRs) and biodiversity, and governance and accountability; and work with local NGOs and community representatives to educate communities on their legal rights.
Telephone: 020 7717 1573
The Shared Interest Society lends money to fair trade businesses in the developing world. Shared Interest Foundation works in the same countries, providing sustainable business skills training to those who need it most. This often includes Shared Interest Society customers but it isn't exclusively for them.
Education, training and access to fair finance are essential in maximising business opportunities for communities in the developing world. For instance, the Rwandan Producer Support Project aims to provide training, mentoring and counselling, and skills diversification to local businesses. In addition to these training initiatives the foundation focuses on fundraising to support fair trade businesses in the developing world.
Telephone: 0191 233 9100
Survivors Fund exists to rebuild a sense of self and trust in humanity among the survivors of the Rwandan genocide. Since 1997, Survivors Fund has helped survivors of the Rwandan genocide deal with and recover from the tragedies of 1994, supporting a wide range of services for victims in Rwanda, and assisting survivors in the UK.
A veteran in dealing with the issues effecting the survivors, SURF holds the belief that support must address the host of difficulties and issues facing victims. Any one angle of assistance on its own, be it medical, economic or social, would be an incomplete answer. SURF provides an appropriate and integrated response to the needs of Rwandan survivors by supporting numerous projects geared at confronting the diversity of their needs.
Telephone: 020 7610 2589
Tabeisa assists with strategies to encourage black economic empowerment by helping entrepreneurs from disadvantaged communities set up small businesses. They work with and alongside people and at all stages, providing help and advice as people start their own businesses.
Tabeisa also markets and sells products for small businesses from previously disadvantaged communities.
Tabeisa is a consortium of four South African and two British Higher Education Institutions and undertakes research into entrepreneurship so entrepreneurs can do entrepreneurship better. They also produce user friendly learning materials to help people from disadvantaged communities to understand what an entrepreneur is and become entrepreneurs.
Telephone: 01926 843897
Tanzed UK is a small charity which works in partnership with its sister charity Tanzed Tanzania to improve education in rural communities in the Morogoro region of Tanzania. Through the implementation and management of a number of projects Tanzed is helping to change the lives of many children.
Tanzed was founded in 1997 as an NGO, sending volunteer teachers from the UK to work alongside local teachers in government primary schools, but quickly developed into more general support of primary education by working on other projects in the schools and local community, and working on literacy, health and income-generating projects. Currently, Tanzed is focusing on developing and ensuring the sustainability of these community projects, which use the schools as a focal point within the villages to benefit the wider community – for instance in HIV/AIDS awareness.
Theatre for a Change aims to empower young people in Malawi and Ghana to protect themselves from HIV and advocate for their gender and human rights.
In many regions of the world new HIV infections are heavily concentrated amongst young people aged 15-24 years of age.
Theatre for a Change believes that through active and physical participation in the learning process, young people can:
- learn communication skills that can protect them from HIV infection
- discover their rights to balanced relationships free from abuse
- transform their lives and the lives of people around them.
- Theatre for a Change works through providing child-centred training to teachers. They work with socially and economically marginalised communities, including with high-risk and typically excluded groups such as sex workers and fishing communities.
Telephone: 0790 507 5024
Transform Africa is a member of the Transform Network of institutional and community capacity building, research and advocacy organisations in UK and Africa.
The charity was established in 1992 from a consortium of Northern NGOs which 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.
In Africa, Transform Africa provides organisational transformation, training and consulting services to enhance the effectiveness of local organisations and helping them improve relationships with donors and their Northern NGO partners. 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.
Telephone: 020 7354 545
Widows and Orphans International was established in 1997 as a small organisation of individuals seeking to address the needs of African communities affected by HIV/AIDS in the UK and Africa. WOI has since grown in terms of organisational capacity, clientele and coverage.
In Kenya, WOI has established partnerships to run programmes to support widows, orphans, street and other vulnerable children, through the following services:
- Home Based Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS
- Economic strengthening for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS
- Support for orphans and other vulnerable children within family networks
- Health service provision through Port Florence Community Hospital in Kisumu City
- Support for street and working children
- In the UK WOI provides: training; information, advice and guidance; health promotion; and capacity building services to benefit disadvantaged communities, including refugees, asylum seekers, and those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Telephone: 020 8593 3100
The Woodford Foundation works with other organisations to support and empower deaf children in income-poor countries. They aim to make sure they have access to education and vocational training, that they are treated with dignity and respect and that they have a strong sense of their own self-worth.
The Woodford Foundation ensures it is effective by developing partnerships with community-based initiatives and other international charities and non-governmental organisations. Currently it is working in Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi.
Telephone: 01743 364644
Women and Children First (UK) is a UK based international development agency set up in 2000 to address the unacceptably high levels of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in poor communities in the developing world. WCF works to develop and share best healthcare practices to improve maternal and newborn health in poor communities in Bangladesh, India, Malawi and Nepal.
In partnership with local and national agencies and governments, WCF improves the health of mothers and their newborns through:
- Community mobilisation
- Health system strengthening
- Capacity building
- Policy, advocacy and dissemination of lessons learnt
Telephone: 020 7700 6309
Women Working Worldwide was established in 1985 and works with internatonal partner organisations to empower women workers to fight to claim their rights as workers. In particular, the organisation works with women workers in supply chains producing goods for the European market. Women workers are often not aware of the existing laws and conventions that give them rights, and they are not implemented in far too many cases.
The organisation describes itself as a ‘small and nimble, feminist, women-only, anti-imperialist, trade justice, anti-poverty, labour rights organisation’ and considers its strengths a partner led approach, use of action research, and clear roots in the women’s movement.
Telephone: 0161 2471760