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15 Feb, 2016
Recently, ADHOC-CC participated in a unique initiative organised by UNICEF in Geneva.  The consultation drew the participation of over 100 representatives from UNICEF field offices, head-quarters in New York, and international and national NGOs from across the globe to discuss the ways in which already existing partnerships could be enhanced in order to realize children’s rights in emergencies. It was the first UNICEF consultation with NGOs that focused on this critical topic.

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African NGOs Speak Their Voice at UNHCR’s Annual Meeting
ADHOC CONTRACT COMMITTEE recently attended the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' 58th Executive Committee in Geneva, where it presented a well-received brief representing the thoughts of many African NGOs working with the UN agency.
Capacity Development
Promoting Potential & Building Resilience
  • Community empowerment and participation
  • Information, Education and Communication
  • Livelihood Protection and Income Generation    
  • Reconstruction and Rehabillitation
  • Support of Community and Government Structures and Services
  • Sustainable Development
  • Training


Millions of people throughout Africa remain the victims of protracted crisis, limited resources, social exclusion and broken infrastructures, limiting their possibilties of achieving self reliance. Thus it is imperative that durable solutions be achieved, through developing the capacities of individuals, communities, local organisations, institutions and governments. Only in this way can people truly benefit from humanitarian protection and assistance.

To this ends ADHOC-CC runs a broad range of capacity development programmes, addressing the varying needs of diverse groups of people across Africa. Be it training community health workers in Ethiopia, rehabilitating dams in Sudan or initiating agro-forestry programmes in Namibia, ADHOC-CC works to strengthen the capacities of affected populations, promoting self reliance in order to realise effective and long lasting change.

The task cannot be achieved alone and requires engaged and enthusaistic community participation and leadership, along with strong and effective partnerships. For this reason each of our programmes is unique to its community, designed, implemented and owned by the people it seeks to empower. Activities build upon the strengths of a population and are integrated, as far as possible, into existing community infrastructures.

In order to empower a population to realise its own potential ADHOC-CC seeks to deliver information, education and communication (IEC), hand in hand with practical assistance. Our IEC programme is far reaching and socially inclusive, providing information, offering educational opportunities/training, and raising awareness and sensitising people on important issues. Activities see us working together with both the young and old, disempowered and powerful, running workshops, training sessions, campaigning, supporting action/support groups and establishing new ones where required.

ADHOC-CC’s services extend beyond the provision of just advice and training, to guiding individuals and organisations through all of the necessary steps to achieve sustainable results. Drawing on the skills and abilities of affected populations, ADHOC-CC recruits 85% of our staff from the communities in which we work. In this way our programmes benefit from essential local knowledge and understanding, whilst the gains of increased employment, opportunity and professional development are ploughed back into a community.

Complementary to ADHOC-CC’s IEC programmes is our work in practically assisting affected populations, ensuring communities have the necessary tools and resources to sustain healthy living. We can often be found rehabillitating and constructing schools, health centres, vocational training centres, dams, irrigation systems, nurseries and agricultural facilities. Micro-loans are provided, following training programmes, to those wishing to develop their economic capacities and start up small businesses. Common enterprises include cooking, gardening, tailoring, knitting, soap-making and hairdressing, amongst other things.

For development to be effective, strengthening the structures, services and programmes of local institutions, organisations and governments is critical. Towards this ends ADHOC-CC supports communities in developing good governance, popular participation, equality, accountability, peer reviewing and effective management, leading to better service provision, stronger coping mechanisms and increased opportunity. In doing so we seek to reinforce existing structures, integrate new improved services and support innovative measures. In this way communities are empowered to achieve their own developmental goals, sustain improved living and further negate the impacts of poverty.