Every organization has its own particular expertise and competency. Planète Enfants & Développement’s added value is created in 6 ways:
1. We have a team in every country in which we work. Each team is mainly composed of natives with a thorough knowledge of the specific circumstances in their country. International solidarity volunteers and professional expatriates supplement the teams’ expertise with technical knowledge in fields such as education, social issues and health, and also bring project management skills. This multicultural collaboration gives rise to a wealth of expertise that enables practical responses adapted to local needs to be put in place.
2. We work in close partnership with the civil society and authorities of the countries where we work. Our activities fall in line with government policies and promote a long-term vision for child protection and development in the countries where we operate.
3. Through field studies and pilot schemes, we constantly and continuously improve our expertise in 5 areas related to the protection of children’s well-being and dignity: support for their families, their and their mothers’ health, their education, their socio-professional integration and, finally, protection against violence.
4. We have all of our projects evaluated by external consultants to ensure that our activities are always efficient and effective.
5. We work with our field partners to develop innovative tools adapted to specific circumstances and which local actors can distribute on a large scale. These include training, protection and learning mechanisms, manuals, pedagogical tools, games and creative workshops.
6. We systematically strive for groups and organizations that we support to be financially and institutionally independent in order to ensure that they are sustainable. All of our projects are sustainable. We take care not to create any state of dependence. In short, we do not offer one-time help (except in emergencies) to children or their families, but we aim to be a driving force behind sustainable structural changes that will allow them to grow up in a better world.
Action based on trust
“The world of children in Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam and Burkina Faso is often unfair in terms of access to healthcare and education. It is often abusive and even violent. To help make it better, we have chosen to work with (but not replace) local actors who represent children’s daily lives, as the actions we take are intentionally based on trust. We trust families to take better care of their children. We trust our partners to commit to their interventions and change adults’ behaviour for the better. Finally, we trust the public services to adopt our programs and our pilot schemes.“
– Grégory Doucet, Vice President of the Executive Board