Credit: Katey ForsterFrom nearly 65 years' experience, we know that partnerships are the best way to bring about lasting change. Grassroots organisations can work more effectively when they have the tools they need to succeed; and generous international support can have the biggest impact when it's guided by local knowledge and expertise.  

This is the approach we adopt in Ghana, and it's also an approach we've trialed here in the UK. In October 2016, we partnered with York Vikings Rotary club to offer our partners in Ghana the vital skills they need to reach more people.  

We used a gift of nearly £2,000 to train 16 staff from our partner organisations in the vital skills that are often overlooked by funders. Skills like first aid and project management might not sound glamorous, but it's these skills that enable organisations to make a real impact.  

We caught up with the attendees to ask how they've used this new knowledge. Conrad works for TradeAID, an organisation that trains and supports artisans in Northern Ghana so they can earn a fair living. He says: "Now I can actually track and report the progress of my projects, which means we can see that these initiatives are working." 

For other organisations, the training means they've been able to launch entirely new areas of work. Rashida, who attended the training  on behalf of WOSAG, says:  

“I learned about project management, and this has helped us to set up a Savings and Loan Association in our village. This will mean that women can save together to take out loans that will help them improve their business.” 

But this training is not just improving lives, it's also saving them. 

Prince works with CBR-LIFE, a charity which supports people with disabilities to integrate into the community. He says: “I have shared knowledge on how to manage convulsions with some of our epileptic clients. They can share this with their family, who can make sure that they are safe.” 

Over 2,700 staff, volunteers and members of these organisations will benefit from this training, which is an average of 172 people per attendee. 

Jo Baker, CEO of International Service says: “This training is a fantastic example of what organisations can achieve when they collaborate. It will empower these organisations to ensure that artisans can grow their business, girls can receive a quality education; and people with disabilities can live full and healthy lives as valued members of their communities.”