Civil Society

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing pediatric HIV infection and eliminating pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention, care, and treatment programs. Founded in 1988, EGPAF supports activities in 19 countries around the world.

Mission Statement

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation seeks to end pediatric HIV/AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs.

African Child Policy Forum

The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) is an independent, not-for-profit, pan-African institution of policy, research and dialogue on the African child. ACPF was established with the conviction that putting children first on the public agenda is fundamental for the realisation of their rights and wellbeing and for bringing about lasting social and economic progress in Africa. ACPF’s work is rights based, inspired by universal values and informed by global experiences and knowledge.

Its work is guided by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, and other relevant regional and international human rights instruments. ACPF aims to specifically contribute to improved knowledge on children in Africa; monitor and report progress;identify policy options; provide a platform for dialogue; collaborate with governments, inter-governmental organisations and civil society in the development and implementation of effective pro-child policies and programmes and also promote a common voice for children in and out of Africa.

World Vision International

World Vision International

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO–RAISA)

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. VSO's high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all. Our vision is a world without poverty. VSO brings people together to fight poverty.

  • By thinking globally, we can change the world.

  • Progress is only possible by working together.

  • Knowledge is our most powerful tool.

  • People are the best agents of change.

Southern Africa AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS)

The Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) is a regional non-profit organisation based in Harare, Zimbabwe. SAfAIDS' core activities include capacity development of other HIV and AIDS Intermediary Organisations (IOs); information production, collection and dissemination; networking and partnership building; and leadership in promoting dialogue on cutting- edge issues related to HIV and AIDS.


The organisation's mission is to promote effective and ethical development responses to the epidemic and its impact through HIV and AIDS knowledge management, capacity development, advocacy, policy analysis and documentation.


SAfAIDS strives to be a leading southern Africa regional centre of excellence, organising, analysing, repackaging and disseminating HIV and AIDS information in response to the needs of communities.

Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves. We work with other organizations, governments, non-profits and a variety of local partners while maintaining our own independence without political agenda or religious orientation.

When disaster strikes around the world, Save the Children is there to save lives with food, medical care and education and remains to help communities rebuild through long-term recovery programs. As quickly and as effectively as Save the Children responds to tsunamis and civil conflict, it works to resolve the ongoing struggles children face every day — poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease — and replaces them with hope for the future.

Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI)

REPSSI (the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative) helps children get the care and support they are entitled to. REPSSI is a non-profit regional organization working to lessen the devastating social and emotional impact of HIV and AIDS, poverty and conflict among children and youth in 13 countries in east and southern Africa.

REPSSI maintains partnerships with governments, development partners, international organisations and NGOs in the region. With our technical advice and assistance, these partners implement programmes which strengthen communities’ and families’ ability to care for and protect their children and youth.

Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund

Driven by his love for children and a desire to end their suffering, former President Mandela established the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (NMCF) in 1995. The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund strives to change the way society treats its children and youth. In the pursuit of its vision, and in order to ensure that the legacy of its founder, Nelson Mandela, is secured in perpetuity, the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund aims to to build a rights-based movement that gives voice and dignity to the African child.

From 1996 to 1998, NMCF successfully mobilized over R36 million to fund over 780 projects, at an average of R40, 000 per project. Grounded in the legacy of its founder, NMCF initially operated as a grant-making organization promoting a humanitarian response to the plight of South Africa 's children and youth. The 1995-1999 period was characterised by ad hoc funding strategies that enabled children and families to meet immediate needs, and one-time support for overhead and salary costs for organisations targeting children's issues, with no particular programmatic basis for NMCF's engagement with these organisations.

During 1999, NMCF realised that this welfare or handout approach was not sustainable as it did not encourage community involvement nor did it address the array of growing organizational capacity issues. To inform a new approach, NMCF conducted an extensive review of national and regional policies on children and youth; identified several significant policy gaps; evaluated its portfolio of projects and internal procedures; and carefully defined programme intervention areas it would pursue. This review culminated in the launching, in the year 2000, of the Sakha Ikusasa strategy, reflecting a new programme and organizational approach for the period 2000-2005, and establishing NMCF as a funding cum development agency that seeks to change the ways in which society treats its children and youth in order to improve their conditions and lives.

International HIV/AIDS Alliance

The International HIV/AIDS Alliance (the Alliance) is a global partnership of 38 nationally-based linking organisations, seven regional technical support hubs and an international secretariat, working to support community action on AIDS in developing countries.

Our sixth strategic framework, HIV and healthy communities (2010-2012), proposes three aims: to protect human rights, increase access to health services and support secure livelihoods. In this new strategy, we intend to expand our work in the countries where we are already working, with a strong focus on Africa, thereby eliminating any start-up costs. This and other efficiencies will enable us to achieve our 2012 target of reaching 4.5 million people each year with services.

To achieve the three aims, we are pursuing four Strategic Responses:

  1. Scale up integrated programming
  2. Support well-functioning community-based organisations
  3. Help form engaged, inclusive societies
  4. Create a learning Alliance

International Children's Palliative Care Network

The ICPCN aims to achieve the best quality of life and care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, their families and carers worldwide, by raising awareness of children's palliative care, lobbying for the global development of children's palliative care services, and sharing expertise, skills and knowledge.

Hope Worldwide

HOPE worldwide's vision is to bring hope and change the lives of the world's most poor, sick and suffering. HOPE worldwide is an international charity that changes lives by harnessing the compassion and commitment of dedicated staff and volunteers to deliver sustainable, high-impact, community-based services to the poor and needy.

HOPE worldwide was founded in response to the Scriptures, which call us to have the heart of Jesus by serving the poor and needy throughout the world. HOPE worldwide began in 1991 with three small local programs. Today HOPE worldwide operates on every inhabited continent, serving more than one million people annually.

HelpAge International

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We believe that the contribution older people make to society is invaluable. Yet older people remain some of the poorest and most neglected in the world. We are committed to helping them claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty. Our vision is of a world in which all older people can lead dignified, active, healthy and secure lives. We work with our partners to ensure that people everywhere understand how much older people contribute to society and that they must enjoy their right to healthcare, social services and economic and physical security.

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Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS Service Organisations (EANNASO)

The Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS Service Organisations (EANNASO) is a regional network comprising of national networks of AIDS Service Organisations (ASOs). EANNASO's mandate is to facilitate coordination, effective joint advocacy, networking and information sharing among its member networks in Eastern Africa.

Our Values

In its endeavor to serve its target population, EANNASO cherishes the outlined core values which guide the individual staff, programming and operations of the organization as a whole:

Integrity: We are stewards that believe in professionalism at all levels of service delivery and puts transparency and accountability at the forefront of program implementation.

Unity: We support consultation and participation of all stakeholders at all stages of their interventions and works towards creating a sense of belonging through sharing and promoting a common voice. EANNASO values the strength of team work to achieve its goal.

Equity: We promote rights-based programs which stand for fairness, respect, and compassion.

Leadership: We foster leadership development at all levels, encourages innovation and promotes excellence through continuous learning.

Our Vision:

An empowered civil society working to free Eastern Africa of HIV and AIDS and its associated impacts

Our Mission:

To foster national and regional networking among CSOs for a collective voice towards an effective HIV and AIDS response

Our Strategic goal:

To strengthen the capacity of national networks and civil society organizations to respond to the effects of HIV and AIDS through policy advocacy, research, knowledge management and institutional development in the Eastern African region

Our Governance Arrangements

EANNASO is governed by the (i) General Assembly (comprising of member networks) which is the highest decision-making organ (ii) A Board of Governors elected from among member networks (iii) and a secretariat of professional staff charged with the day-to-day management of the organization. The three layered structure of the organization fosters institutional ownership, transparency and accountability.

Disability HIV and AIDS Trust

The Disability, HIV and AIDS Trust (DHAT) is a not-for-profit regional organization promoting HIV and AIDS responses that address the needs and empowerment of disabled people, through building and strengthening the capacity of Disabled Peoples' Organizations (DPOs) in southern Africa.

DHAT was founded by people with disabilities who have a strong foundation and experience of working in DPOs, supporting persons with disabilities (PWDs) to develop capacity to design and implement supportive programs at grassroots level. Although DHAT was formed by people with disabilities, it is not a membership organization.

DHAT has developed a strategic partnership with the Southern African Aids Trust (SAT) in scaling up the capacity of DPOs response to HIV and AIDS needs. A number of local DPOs from the region have benefited from the partnership through capacity building training and lesson sharing workshops.

Other regional organizations collaborating with DHAT in the region are, the Southern African AIDS Network (SAT), Southern African Aids Organization (SANASO), Regional Aids Non-Governmental Organizations (RANGO), and Africa Network of Religious Leaders Living with Aids (ANERELA+). 

Better care Network

Children need and have a right to be cared for by their parents and to grow up in a family environment. This has been recognized through years of experience and research as well as formally recognized under national and international laws, including the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

The mission of the BCN is to facilitate active information exchange and collaboration on the issue of children without adequate family care and advocate for technically sound policy and programmatic action on global, regional, and national levels.

Africa Platform for Social Protection

The African Platform for Social Protection (APSP) is a network of individuals and organizations operating at sub-national, national and regional levels, with a commitment to promoting and strengthening the social contract between states and citizens. This is done through promotion of active engagement of African civil society in the shaping of social protection policies, programmes, and practices in 25 countries in Africa.

To achieve this, APSP has adopted a range of strategies, including:

  • Fostering national discussions on social protection aimed at developing national consensus on what constitutes workable, home-grown approaches.
  • Creating awareness on the urgency of adopting social protection approaches in order to respond to the more intractable challenge of poverty and vulnerability
  • Carrying out training for several CSO representatives on identification of, and responding to, social protection needs.
  • Establishing collaborative partnerships with a cross-section of institutions, donors, and professionals with a stated interest in addressing the challenge of poverty and vulnerability in Africa.

Our mission

APSP exists to strengthen civil society engagement with the articulation, formulation and implementation of social protection policies and programmes in Africa.