Objectives

Created in 1980, Inter Aide is a humanitarian organization specialized in the implementation of development programs that aim to promote access for the most vulnerable to development. The programs respond to specific, vital needs. Through our various programs, our principal objective is to reinforce the capacities of vulnerable populations to allow them to participate in improving living conditions in their communities

Inter Aide currently has about 50 programs implemented in 6 countries:

  • In Central America: Haiti
  • In Africa: Ethiopia, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Malawi, and Mozambique

The programs are all defined according to the needs of families and consist of several types:

  • In rural zones:
    • Access to potable water, hygiene and sanitation
    • Agriculture
    • Community health, health education in schools, prevention and response to major epidemics
    • Aide to primary schools
  • In urban zones:
    • Access to employment : professional training, productive loans
    • Education: preschool education
    • Social: support to vulnerable families, development support for young children

In some areas multiple projects are implemented simultaneously and integrated with one another (health+agriculture+access to potable water, for example).

Our main guiding principles

 

  • To be exclusively focused and specialized in implementation
  • Always seek to reach the most vulnerable families
  • To maintain a pragmatic and non ideological approach in identifying appropriate solutions for families experiencing difficulties
  • To do everything possible to involve the beneficiary families and to ensure their participation, training them to maintain and continue the activities
  • Act only according to strict political neutrality and confidentiality, and with respect for the convictions of beneficiary families

 

 

Inter Aide Charter

Each project is implemented in close collaboration with the local partners (development associations or beneficiary committees). Some projects have been entirely taken over by the partner organizations which now continue the activities autonomously (examples include: the social project in Cebu by the NGO Philippine Bidlisiw; rural integrated projects in Haiti by ConcertAction and ACDED, access to potable water with ARCO and Bayaguana Servicio in the Dominican Republic, professional training program and productive loans in Antananario by the NGO Malagasy CEFOR), other projects are in the process of being transferred (examples include: integrated projects of family support and productive loans lead by the NGO Malagasy Vaharta in Antsirabe in Madacascar, and certain projects lead by local NGOs in India). Our ambition is to aide local partner organizations to professionalize their skills and competences in their area of expertise and to support them in their search for financial support, allowing them to manage and maintain similar projects.

The People

The heart of Inter Aide action is located in the 6 countries where projects are implemented. The internal structure of the NGO is therefore entirely organized around the implementation of these development projects with the aim of allowing an efficient support to the field programs. These programs include:

  • Approximately 50 program managers (about 40 of whom are expatriates), are based in the field and directly invested in the realization of the project activities, in collaboration with the local team, partners, and local committees. It is at this level that the program objectives and recurrent operational decisions are taken, with a high degree of autonomy.
    The program managers are professionals (hydraulic engineers, agronomists, doctors, nurses, educators and managers) employed on permanent contract (CDI) for a minimum of 2 years. They have chosen to use their professional skills to benefit vulnerable families in conditions that are difficult, but highly enriching and rewarding.
  • The team in the headquarters consists of 9 Head of Sectors and 3 mission managers, each one is responsible to define program strategies and coordinate a group of projects. They are former program managers and alternate their time between the field sites (at least 1/3 of their time in the field minimum) and the headquarters. They bring an invaluable support to the program managers in technical areas as well as in the monitoring and evaluation of projects and the relations with partners and authorities; they help the programs maintain a coherent evolution over time. Seven finance managers support the four geographic sectors. At the center of the headquarter team, a support platform in dedicated entirely to serving the need of the programs. This platform consists of 11 individuals: 3 individuals responsible for the recruitment and management of personnel, 4 for fundraising and financial reports to associations and donors, 1 accountant, 1 secretary, 1 réseau Pratiques (network of Practices) Manager, and 1 director.
  • A Guidance Council (Conseil de Surveillance) and a Directory Council (Directoire, presided by Marc Giordan) help ensure the respect of the association’s guiding principles. The members of these councils meet twice per year (one time in a General Assembly) in order to ensure this function.