Net4kids does not carry out projects directly, but works together with local project partners. That is because we believe in the strength, ideas, talents, experience and responsibility of the local people.
We can provide added value from the Netherlands through fundraising and by sharing our experience with other children’s aid projects and, in this way, help carry out concrete, quality children’s aid projects. We apply strict selection criteria in choosing projects. In keeping with our mission, the projects must include a focus on offering aid to children in a sustainable, scalable and locally anchored manner. See Project criteria
for more details.
Net4kids supports and offers a broad range of children’s aid projects focused on education (primary to professional), healthcare, shelters for children, resources like water & energy, and integral care. We have a well-balanced project portfolio that includes both individual aid and one-off projects that can make a lasting difference. Our strategy is to generate long-term partnerships with our local, well-established project partners, so that we can offer continuity and safeguard the impact of your and our support in the long term.
Net4kids makes formidable demands on the selection, financing, monitoring and conclusion/evaluation processes of the projects.
We primarily support initiatives by mid-sized project organisations with the desire and capacity to grow, but that lack access to structural aid funds. The prerequisites for a partnership are sound
and open management
with regular feedback and transparent reporting
. Important aspects of a project partner’s profile include own efforts to raise funds, entrepreneurship, self-reliance and an innovative approach to finding solutions. Naturally the projects run by partners must also meet our Project criteria
The majority of the projects involve long-term structural support, often for continuous expenses like shelter, schooling and housing. Those projects that are supported on a one-off basis are aimed at achieving sustainability. In some cases, Net4kids provides project partners with the necessary financial guarantee to launch the project immediately. We then assume part of the local project partner’s risk.
Net4kids requires that the local project partners submit narrative progress reports and pictures/video of the project twice a year and a financial and audit report once a year. Using its fifty years of development aid experience, the Wilde Ganzen organisation supports us in evaluating and monitoring these reports. All reports, images and other relevant information are shared with the donors of the project in question.
Members of the Net4kids and/or Wilde Ganzen staffs visit the projects regularly to provide the necessary additional support or make changes on-site or from the Netherlands. In spite of all the meticulous precautions taken regarding the project and partner selections, not all projects are carried out as intended. We report on such cases in an open and transparent manner and inform you of all details. Naturally we make every possible effort to prevent such situations from occurring and, when they do, attempt to find a solution as quickly as possible.
At least twice a year, an external independent auditor carries out an audit of every project. After a project or project year ends, Wilde Ganzen draws up a final report, indicating the results of the project compared to the original plan and the reasons for any inconsistencies. The same is done for the financial aspects. If shortcomings in the original plan are identified, the local partners must resolve the problem, with the help of Net4kids if necessary. If surplus funding remains, this amount is used for the project in the future, naturally in coordination with Net4kids.