Over the years, iACT has focused on maintaining strong partnerships in our work. These partnerships sometimes exist between our organization and other NGOs, but, more often, we create partnerships directly with the conflict-affected communities we work with. Our refugee- and community-led model embraces the mutuality between parties who are in collaboration with each other, creating solid and sustainable partnerships.
This model and our relationships with our refugee and conflict-affected colleagues are a core aspect of how iACT works. They are central to our mission and vision, and who we are as an organization. Let’s take a moment to look at several primary aspects of our approach:
Mutual Trust and Respect
When there are genuine feelings of trust and respect, there can be genuine partnership. This kind of partnership respects each party’s capabilities, knowledge, and experiences; and trusts that each party will make decisions that are in the best interest of the program. Having trust and respect means that a community is not only trusted to lead a community program, but that the community is essentially expected to lead; a “hands-off” approach – specifically when it comes to oversight or management – is the default, because the community’s own abilities are truly respected.