Aidlink Launches Strategic Plan 2023-2027

We are delighted to present our strategic plan for the next five years. This strategy will act as our guiding framework for 2023-2027, ensuring that we stay true to our core values and principles while allowing Aidlink to do what we do best – to meet the needs of the communities we serve in increasingly complex contexts, working with our partners in an agile and adaptive manner. Moving on from our 40th anniversary, we have grown into an organization with a small team based in Dublin, investing in long-term, sustainable development programs in Kenya, Uganda, and Ghana. Particularly, we are committed to supporting women and girls, often in the traditional nomadic pastoralist communities, tackling harmful cultural practices that impede on their education, agency, personal choices, and basic human rights.

Over the past 40 years, Aidlink has had four key achievements: improving learning environments and education outcomes, successful policy influencing, greater resilience in targeted communities, and heightened commitment to social justice in Ireland.

Going forward, there are four key things Aidlink will do differently:

1. Strengthen and deepen engagement on drivers of gender equality

Aidlink will increase our attention to the systemic and structural issues that drive inequality, including social norms

2. All programs will be adaptive to the challenges of climate change

The grave effect of the climate crisis results in escalating food insecurity, poverty, and vulnerability, especially for women and children.

3. Grow our public engagement and global citizenship network

It is our belief that solidarity and human connection across nations and continents are critical to building collective responsibility to advance sustainable development.

4. Expand, test, and share our experience of partnership and localization

We place partnerships and locally designed and managed responses at the center of our approach to development, building long-term relationships with our key partners.

Focusing on these four strategic priorities:

1. Disadvantaged communities’ essential needs are met

We will ensure that disadvantaged communities have access to improved basic services so that their essential needs are met.

2. Women and Girls can exercise agency and live free from harm

We will engage communities and deliver awareness to create a deeper understanding of and sustained focus on the drivers of gender inequality so that communities can come together to create more just and inclusive societies.

3. Communities are more resilient to deal with shocks and setbacks

We will build resilience and equip farmers and semi-nomadic pastoralists with the skills to adapt new practices so communities can become mire food secure and achieve more sustainable livelihoods.

4. Informed citizens committed to action on poverty and inequality

We believe in the power of connection across communities and continents; connections based on shared culture and experience and learning, as well as our collective responsibility for building a better world.