A more resilient world is in our reach, if we work towards it together'
KMOP collaborates with governments and governmental institutions, international organisations, civil society, the private sector and others to implement projects which recognise that the challenges faced in the world need to be transformed into opportunities for change.
We believe that building resilience is not the task of a single sector, no matter how innovative or passionate it may be. Rather, building resilience requires partners from every sector: governments which must push for the right policies, plans and social investment; businesses that ensure the functioning of our economic systems; communities and civic institutions that must become more flexible, responsive and robust; organisations and individuals who have the core skills required to adapt and cope.
These are the five elements of our resilience-building approach.
Empowerment: We assist institutions and communities in streamlining with both national and international development priorities, in order to reach our goal of improving people's lives through greater empowerment and resilience. At the heart of this endeavor, we build projects that leave in place capacities and systems, thereby locking in and expanding the progress made, long after our involvement has ended.
Participation: The rights-based approach to which we commit ourselves recognises vulnerable people not as beneficiaries, but as active rights-holders. From this perspective, projects have been developed so that their concerns remain in central focus. Yet, projects tend to take on a life of their own. Once a project is under implementation, it is easy to be paced by targets, time plans, indicators, reports and budgets. We believe that while all these are important for projects, the rights of the vulnerable people should remain at the centre of the programme and ensure that its implementation is in fact addressing what they say they need.
Partnership: Building resilience must be a joint effort following an integrated approach. No single activity on its own is likely to build resilience, yet collectively they can contribute to improved resilience overall. To this end, KMOP partners with organisations in the public & private sectors, as well as civil society on sustainable projects which empower institutions, civil society and the individuals that comprise them to overcome adversity. We know that change does not follow a straight path. It can however happen when business partners are turned into business 'catalysts' committed to a common cause, that of matching the needs and voices of the most vulnerable in society with new ways of providing social, health and educational services and care for children and the elderly. These kinds of partnerships have allowed us to deliver a range of successful projects, from employment creation and community regeneration to anti-trafficking projects.
Global reach: KMOP does not embed itself in any country. We work across borders, since in today's dynamic and interconnected work the need for building resilience and empowering lives is transversal. A key principle for success is KMOP's blend of international expertise and local knowledge and cultures in all aspects of project design and implementation. True and lasting resilience-building is accomplished by the national adaptation of knowledge derived from our cumulative past experience, even when this comes from different development contexts and innovation. Other ingredients of success include the systematic scaling up of successful local models and our efforts to trigger national commitment and ownership.