Introducing a New Kota Partner Organization: Partners for Creative Development (P4CD)

by Agnieszka Wilson

Partners for Creative Development (P4CD) delivers a one-stop-shop where organizations can find project based and creative solutions tailored to their needs.

Partners for Creative Development (P4CD) was founded by Agnieszka Wilson to support emerging non-profits, NGOs and other social enterprises.  With a project based approach, she helps these organizations take their passion to the next professional level. P4CD strives to enact social change through collaboration, bringing global experts together to create real and sustainable results.

Agnieszka Wilson, the founder of P4CD

Agnieszka Wilson, the founder of P4CD

After several years working for the United Nations in areas diverse as post-conflict, gender and disarmament, Agnieszka established her own non-profit based in NYC. Through this process, Agnieszka saw the need for a wide range of services, both short term and long term solutions, that would help similar nascent organizations thrive.  Running a non-profit can be a very lonely and exhausting job, said Agnieszka. You end up having to do everything yourself and even with amazing and hardworking interns, it is challenging as they leave after short periods and the quality of work fluctuates with them.

Whether running a small venture or a larger more successful organization, many lack the funds to pay their interns.   Payroll is often not included in donor budgets. As a result, non-profit staff are forced to wear a variety of hats, further stretching scarce resources, creating an exhausting and unproductive work environment.   Funding options can also be limited, as existing donors may lack confidence in new non-profit groups that have yet to prove successful implementation. This creates an ecosystem where large organizations continue to receive funding and grow, while smaller ones struggle.  From my experience, the most significant impact is driven by these small organizations, led by passionate and loving teams. Statistics also show that women are more often doing unpaid non-profit work, and this needs to change.

Partners for Creative Development provides services to companies and global organizations working on humanitarian issues and social change. Their services are project-based and they hand pick experts according to their client’s specific needs. What differs P4CD from other consulting agencies is that they offer experts with a humanitarian experience and background.  A disconnect currently exists between content, knowledge, experience and executive skills. P4CD is here to help bridge those gaps and connect NGOs to UN agencies and identify rising stars, build partnerships, offer training and more. They believe that in order to create peace, balance, and sustainable social change in the world there is a need to collaborate and work holistically.

Partners for Creative Development is a partner organization of the Kota Alliance.

ZNMN Concerned with Increasing Number of Suicide Cases Among Men

Press release by the Zambia National Men’s Network (ZNMN), a partner organization of the Kota Alliance

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The Zambia National Men’s Network (ZNMN) is deeply concerned with the high number of men committing suicides in the country. Within a space of two weeks, two male police officers have taken their lives in disturbing and tragic circumstances. The case of a police officer who shot himself with an AK47 rifle after killing two people and wounding two others in Lusaka’s Mtendere Compound in anger over a relationship that had soured with his girlfriend, and the latest case of another police officer in Namwala district who took his own life while on duty are a huge concern to us an organisation that positive masculinity. The two incidences shows that there is a serious challenge among men to deal with their psychological problems.  

Last year alone 50 men committed suicide in Eastern Province while several other cases of men taking their lives remain unreported. The increasing cases of men taking their lives need serious interrogation to determine appropriate intervention for men’s emotional support at all levels.

As men‘s organization that works for the advancement of gender equality, believe that one of the causes of this behavior is that men lack support structures and programmes at various levels to support their psychological needs. It is difficult for men to disclose their emotional challenges because culture expects men to be ‘manly’ whenever they are confronted with serious psychological situations such as disputes in relationships. The end result is that some men become depressed or develop violent behaviors.

ZNMN has noted with concern that some men are going through economic and social problems that are leading to acts of suicides going by the cases that we receive. Other men are suffering silently in relationships and their families but opt to remain quiet for fear of being considered weak thus resorting taking their lives.  

Therefore, ZNMN will step its community safe spaces for men initiative where men and boys receive counseling to help in curbing the increase in suicides among men. Other services to scaled up will include encouraging men to discuss their infertility problems amongst themselves, which in many cases lead to marital problems such as gender based violence and divorces.

ZNMN would like to urge all stakeholders to support the safe spaces for men that will offer conducive environment for men to interact together and find solutions to some of the challenges they are facing as well as enhance men’s participation in sexual and reproductive health programmes and gender equality and equity.

In line with the vision 2030 theme which states that Leave No One Behind, we urge Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), cooperating partners and government not to leave men behind in initiating structures and programmes that will reduce cases of suicides make the country safe for all.

Contact information:
ZNMN National Coordinator
Nelson Banda - 0979612029

Zambia National Men’s Network (ZNMN) is a Zambian group of men dedicated in combating issues that are affecting women in their society. The main objectives of ZNMN are to combat the issue of gender based violence and create awareness of GBV and gender equality in communities across Zambia. The Network is currently based in Lusaka, though their works stretch across the provinces of Zambia.

ECOWAS Women – New Partner Organization

By Jaana Rehnstrom

ECOWAS is a collaborative organization for economic development among 16 western African states. ECOWAS Women was founded in 2008 and has members from six countries: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and works for the empowerment of women in multiple ways.

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Mouna Moriah Ahmed-Berry is from Liberia, and temporarily in the United States. She came to participate in and host a parallel event at the NGOCSW in New York recently.

Could you describe what your organization does?

ECOWAS WOMEN In Liberia, is a non-profit organization involved in the promotion of programs and ideas that empowers grass-roots women through capacity building; mentor-ship, rehabilitation, talent discovery, various skills training, awareness programmes, health-care service, education, and loan scheme.

The members of each country organization choose which aspect to focus on. For example, in Liberia we are very committed to getting women into politics. Yes they get harassed, but nothing will change unless we do this. All political parties are welcome. We collaborate with the sister groups in the other countries on trainings.

We also invest in agriculture: we own a small plot of land, where we grow cassava. We now need a machine to make it into farina (a kind of flour), which women then sell in the market. We also use this to feed schoolchildren, and have volunteers in the schools.

We also organize microloans to women’s businesses.

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How are you funded?

The organization is independently funded, mostly by $5 monthly donations from members. It also functions through supports of all kinds; and fundraising programs, beauty pageants, art exhibitions, cultural events, fashion shows, workshops, seminars, movie making & promotions, sports activities, agriculture, buying & selling, import & export, and other activities that help generate Funds to carry out its projects.

What do you hope to achieve while in the US and in association with Kota?

I hope to form Partnership with donor Organizations that will help enhance and strengthen the growth, development and ideals of the ECOWAS Women Organization.

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