Our Partner Network
Our Partner Network
Over the years we have developed solid and ongoing partnerships with a range of development organisations around the world that tackle issues in virtually all sectors of international development. Our partners are already effective NGOs, charities or social enterprises working in the development sector. We have a growing network of over 150 partner charities in 5 regions, requiring a high variety of skills from volunteers. Through a voluntary placement, our partners are able to build capacity in specific areas to improve what they do.
Our partners vary from international organisations such as Habitat for Humanity, Action Aid and donors like the Asia Foundation to small grassroots NGOs operating at a community level. No matter how large our partner or the area of development they focus on, what’s important to us is that they are doing amazing work. We have developed our own unique screening and vetting process to get to know our partners extremely well, before placing our volunteers to work alongside them.
Our Partner Criteria
We take our criteria for partners very seriously and these criteria are reflected throughout our vetting process. We look to connect with local development organisations that conduct social or environmental development activities that meet the following criteria:
- Organisation: Registered as non-governmental organisations or a recognised charity or social enterprise.
- Operation: Have been in operation for a minimum of 2 years.
- Staff: Have a minimum of 3 full time staff.
- Projects: Have at least 1 project in operation.
- Funding: Have verifiable sources of income from at least 2 international/national donors.
- Volunteer needs: Have clear needs for skilled assistance from volunteers that cannot be sourced locally, or that cannot be paid for.
- Volunteer management: Are able to manage volunteers, providing a supervisor and willing to cover all work-related costs of a placement e.g. travelling to field sites, Internet, stationary, work related phone calls.
- Supporting information: Must be able to submit registration and legal documents, financial reports, project summaries and/or annual reports.
- Recommendations: Must be able to provide at least 2 verifiable and professional references from external courses.
- Location: Located in a safe area where volunteers are not at risk.
Our Vetting Process
For 2Way Development, establishing partnerships often means months of vetting and screening activities – so we can be sure that an organisation is doing amazing work within international development. It is very important to us that all the charities we partner with need support from volunteers to grow and build capacity – so part of the vetting process involves talking to our partners about a volunteer’s role and responsibilities in advance so we can be sure we recommend the right person.
Here is an overview of our 5 stage vetting process for new partners:
- Application – Our Regional Placement Mangers gather background information to assess a new partner.
- Screening and background check – We gather supporting information to verify an application including financial and project reports, legal information, funding information and professional references.
- On site assessment – Our Regional Placement Managers conduct an on site assessment for all of our new partners, visiting offices and project sites, talking to staff in depth about their work and volunteer needs, looking into volunteer management systems, confirming practical information (office, accommodation) and generally making sure they are happy with the work and achievements of an organisation.
- Management approval – Once our Placement Managers are happy with a partner application, our management staff review each organisation individually to ensure that we have all the information we need to be confident of a lasting and successful partnership.
- Partnership goes public – With all our partners 90% of the information we collect during our vetting process is published on our online database, so that volunteers can get to know a partner charity extremely well before making any placement decisions.
Our Online Partner Database
All the information we collect about our partners is stored on an innovative online database so that our volunteers can view detailed placement information before they make any decisions about their experience. Partner profiles contain full organisational descriptions and background information, project descriptions, important documentation such as annual reports, photos, volunteers roles, accommodation and practical details.