Gender equality matters intrinsically as a basic human right and is instrumental for human development. It enables equal access to goods, services, and resources for both men and women, and their equal enjoyment of the opportunities and rewards of economic development. Gender equality is “smart economics,” and can contribute to key development goals, including the reduction of extreme poverty and inequality. (World Bank). Gender equality is a driver for development and stability.
Environment and Climate Change
East Africa is highly vulnerable to climate change. Its economy and wellbeing of the people are tightly bound to climate. Human activities affecting climate and environment can halt development, increase food insecurity, cause shifts in spread of diseases like malaria, soil erosion, land degradation and damages infrastructure due to floods and shifts in agricultural productivity.
Inclusion (including of persons with a disability)
Strømme Foundation has the moral duty to remove the barriers to participation to unlock the potential of people with disabilities. We have committed to making PWD as part of the target group and together with other marginalised groups are involved at all stages of the project cycle. Bonga girls, CMSG women and Youth living with disabilities actively participate in baseline surveys, planning, implementation and monitoring of programmes.
Our staff and partner organisations have been trained on disability inclusion, on rights, needs and capabilities of disabled people. Disability data is included in all planning, monitoring and evaluation reports and a budget allocation of about 7%is made. We endeavour to build networks with disabled peoples organisations, government, disability specific NGOs and rehabilitation services for referral, learning, Advocacy and coordination of activities.
Corruption can have an especially be harmful and have a knock-on effect on reputation, funding / donations. Corruption includes nepotism, bribery, fraud, kickbacks and double funding, diverting resources, etc Corruption feeds conflict and increases basic costs of services for the poor as well as cause the poor miss interventions aimed at alleviating their plight, thus undermining the work of Strømme Foundation.
Stromme Foundation from the onset of engagement with partners/contractors, makes a strong and clear commitment to a zero-tolerance approach to corruption. Disseminating and communicating our policy on corruption and procedures inside and outside the organisation is undertaken. An annual corruption report and complaints against Stromme Foundation is undertaken for a drive to be more accountable, transparent and a means of fighting corruption by exposing it.