Our Approach

Our approach to development across Africa is grounded in a comprehensive understanding of our countries’ needs, and the critical services lacking for vulnerable populations. We develop long-term working relationships with government and ministry counterparts, who make change possible for the long-term, and at scale

The Bantwana Initiative was born out of necessity. We saw orphans and vulnerable children being left behind by the AIDS epidemic– invisible at the time to the international community. We were among the first to address the manifold needs of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), innovating new approaches within communities to deepen our practice, expertise and evidence base before scaling successful models nationally. This approach remains central to all of our work — innovation and partnership for sustainable development.

Key Bantwana Approaches

  • Human-centered design — layered approaches and integrated services to respond to the multiple needs of vulnerable populations and children
  • Innovate, pilot, scale
  • Delivering comprehensive, layered programming, and integrated services to vulnerable children and families
  • Led and delivered by in-country nationals
  • Capacity building at multiple levels —  national, provincial, district, and in communities
  • Systems strengthening — partnerships with governments and local institutions for long term impact (beyond the life of a given program)
  • Compassionate care – PSS – mentorship — provide the critical supports that enable vulnerable populations to succeed
  • Leverage and contribute to evidence base of successful programming/approaches
  • Harness the power of new technologies to overcome barriers reaching vulnerable populations 

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