Projects for All is a non-profit human rights organisation based in the United Kingdom and United States. The organisation was founded in 2013 with the mission to empower communities facing human rights challenges by providing life-changing support and partnership, guided by respect, trust, collaboration and community ownership. Our projects are designed to be owned and operated by the community, thus allowing its people to be the instruments of their own progression.
We are a unique organisation and value a ‘listening-led’ approach — working with communities to identify not only their immediate needs but also their solutions to problems, and their requirements for ongoing support.
- We actively listen to the needs of the communities in order to best utilise tools, resources and training to address core problems and build sustainability.
- We trust communities to take ownership of each project and promotes community involvement from the onset of the project.
- Our projects are designed to be open source and available to individuals and communities around the world.
We have a portfolio of projects to which we apply the following development process:
Engage: We partner with communities to explore their main challenges and needs, and then collaborate with them to find innovative, effective and sustainable solutions.
Pilot: Potential solutions are then trialled on a small scale, and adjusted when necessary. We collect as much feedback and anecdotal data as possible.
Assess: Once we have developed a successful pilot, we collect and analyse data which allows us to assess the project’s potential effectiveness and impact.
Improve: At this stage we look for further collaboration with external organisations and individuals who are able to offer the expertise that we need to extend the project.
Scale: We then raise funds and build infrastructure to ensure growth, whilst maintaining standards and measured impact. During the roll out, we explore long-term, large-scale funding opportunities.
Exit: Our aim is to step away when our work is done. We create models which allow communities to benefit from projects without dependence on us. But we always stay in touch.
Respect and Trust
Each project is designed to be respectful of the individuals in each community. We work with them to understand their most pressing needs, and trust in their shared interest to improve the collective community.
In addition to our collaboration with each community, every project is created to be open source for volunteers outside of our community. Take them, make them, improve them, spread them. With causes this important, the more minds the better.
Every project belongs to the communities. They get involved from the beginning, work with Projects For All to help assess the problem, train, and ultimately take over the project in its entirety.