One of the major benefits that we are getting from our partnership with GlobalGiving is the opportunity to access great knowledge resources that challenge and inspire us to do better. This morning, for example, via email, I received GlobalGiving’s recommended “The Best of Learn:2021”; and among them an article: “16 Practical Photography Tips for Ethical Fundraising.”
And, indeed, they are practical tips and which make you reflect on your work. Tip Two: “Select photos that reflect your values. Think about your organization’s values, and choose photos that support and reinforce them,” really caught my attention. I stop reading and thought to myself, what are the values of our organisation, CPAR Uganda, and the answer did not come automatically natural to me, and yet it should have.
Thoroughly embarrassed, I went searching our organisation’s institutional memory so as to discover what the stated values of our organisation are; and whether we live up to them in our work. I re-learnt that the stated values of CPAR Uganda, termed Our Core values are: Transparency, Teamwork, Result-Oriented , and Equal Opportunities.
I know that for our project in partnership with GlobalGiving, Mentoring Young Adults into Innovators Against Poverty, our organisation’s values are evident. In fact, they are the very foundation on which our access to the GlobalGiving crowd fundraising is hinged.
And I thought to myself, what about our other on-going research and advocacy project: “Challenging Categories: Educated Unemployed Youth as Institutional Innovators in Rural Uganda,” which we are implementing in partnership with Lira University, University of East Anglia, UK; and with funding from The British Academy. Hence, the reason for selecting two photos herein from our Challenging Categories project that speak to our values.
Photo 1: Dr, Ben Jones and Dr. Laury Lawrence Ocen, the Principal Investigator and the Co-Investigator for our Challenging Categories project, confer at our Lira Learning Centre, the day after the formal launch of out project. Picture 2: Our first Challenging Categories Team Meeting that was held in the Innovation Hall at our Lira Learning Centre. Both photos were taken by George Emmanuel Owaraga, who is part of the team of Mr. Philip Luswata, Media Consultant, for our Challenging Categories project.
By Ms. Norah Owaraga, CPAR Uganda Managing Director