Partners & Coalition

Part 1: Partners –

  1. World Hope
    1. We worked at World Hope and with their staff.
    2. They helped us because they provided us with workspace and connections in Sierra Leone. We helped them too because we expanded their reputation by involving them and tying them to our research.
    3. We should continue to participate in important projects so that we can continue our relationship with them.
  2. Bettah Bakery
    1. They allowed us to use their spaces for baking the muffins and roasting the sweet potatoes
    2. We helped them develop their business model and they gave us access to resources we needed. We attempted to make it an equal relationship but there were some kinks that we needed to work out.
    3. It would have been a stronger relationship if they were further along in their business and we were able to fully rely on them for the things that they said we could rely on them for. 
  3. Translators
    1. World Hope employee (Jawara) helped us connect with them and establish a partnership
    2. They helped us to effectively communicate and administer our questionnaires to the Sierra Leonean people. We compensated them for their work and time.
    3. To strengthen this relationship, we must keep in touch with the translators so that we can use them in upcoming years.
  4. Wesleyan Church
    1. We were able to establish this partnership through our relationship with the Betteh Bakery (they have a partnership with the church)
    2. They allowed us to use their church as a platform to administer our questionnaires. They provided us with tables, chairs, and volunteers who helped us effectively gather data. We helped the church by helping them with their core goal: helping the people of Sierra Leone.
    3. To strengthen this relationship, we should be sure to keep communications strong even when we are not in Sierra Leone.
  5. Allieu
    1. Partnered to help us drive our project ideas, connect us with Director of Food & Nutrition, general guidance
    2. ^ Introducing nutritious product for them
    3. More communication
  6. Clinics/CHOs
    1. Our partnership with clinics and CHOs allowed us to gather data from mothers and children.
    2. The clinics allowed us to come and receive data from mothers and children. The mothers and children got to taste our food.
    3. This relationship was very beneficial. In order to make it more equitable and stronger we would need to bring enough food for everyone.
  7. University of Freetown
    1. They gave us interns that we could use to help us with whatever we needed for our project
    2. We gave their students real life experience in their fields that they were interested in and they helped us further our project. We worked together nicely but it was not necessarily equitable; we are students in charge of other students. 
    3. This partnership would have been strengthened if we were positioned closer locationally 
  8. College of Engineering (funding partner)
    1. The college of engineering gave us funding to conduct our research in SL this summer.
    2. To strengthen this relationship we can write a publication to bring publicity to the university and the college.
  9. GELH (funding partner)
    1. GELH funded $1000 for each of us to travel to Sierra Leone.
    2. GELH helped us by making it financially feasible for us to go. We help them because we are giving them a good reputation and helping them contribute.
    3. It will be a stronger relationship after we do the GELH presentation at the end of October; they will know exactly what we did and how they helped us.
  10. Creative Inquiry Dept
    1. The Creative Inquiry Department gave us funding for in country expenses 
    2. We gave them publicity for the project by coming back and producing projects
    3. We can make the relationship better by continuing to advocate and recruit new GSIF members 

Part 2 : Coalition-

The ultimate goal of our project is to make sure that no child in Sierra Leone is malnourished and has stunted growth? We can build a coalition to reach this goal.

OUR COALITION: NewTrition Coalition

People involved & how they can help us / partner with us

  • Sierra Leone President
    • icon in Sierra Leone
    • President’s support shows that the country supports our coalition
    • President can gain support because he is part of a good cause that is helping his country, people will like him
  • Director of Food & Nutrition
    • Understands food and nutrition in Sierra Leone
    • Can give us input on food and nutrition
    • We can gain credibility by partnering with them
  • Ministry of Health and Sanitation
    • directly fits in with their mission and purpose (to maintain and improve the help of Sierra Leonean citizens)
    • gain support – the government will look good
  • WHI
    • has a religious connection, and people in the churches are often thought leaders
    • well recognized across Sierra Leone
    • has a lot of resources that they can provide to the coalition
    • joining helps them reach their goals of their humanitarian projects
  • Mother’s Support Group
    • Mothers are the main target market of our business, and it would be helpful to have their input
    • By joining the coalition, mothers will feel like they are helping themselves
    • most powerful organization that deals with child malnutrition
    • If we partner with them, it will give us a better reputation and other people are more likely to want to join our coalition so that they can have access to UNICEF and be part of something that UNICEF directly supports
    • UNICEF is inclined to join us to further reach their goals
  • Soccer Player
    • culturally important
    • people will want to support our coalition if they like soccer, so we expand our audience
    • Soccer player and team will get good publicity



One thought on “Partners & Coalition

  1. You have a great mix of players in your plan for coalition building – I especially like the idea of involving a soccer player to help with marketing the product. Your reflections on partnerships also do a good job of considering what the partnership was like from both sides, and I think your emphasis on communication to strengthen many of them is well-placed. People who were involved, even if just with one stage of the project, often want to be kept in the loop about how it’s progressing and how their contributions were used.

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