Muslim Aid has reached its third decade of working for the poor and marginalised and has grown to become the second largest Muslim development and humanitarian organisation in the world and a respected actor in the humanitarian and development field. We have been consistent and effective in our response to the immediate and long-term needs of people living in poverty and those affected by disasters. This strategic plan will reinforce our declared objective of ‘serving humanity’ through ‘transforming lives’ with our unique set of programmes focussed on empowering the poorest and most marginalised. The strategic plan is based on the results of on a wide-ranging consultation at all levels within the organisation. The consultation process culminated in a six-day workshop which reviewed the feedback from the consultations together with Muslim Aid’s achievements and challenges over the past five years. The workshop also took into account the challenges facing the humanitarian community, caused by increasingly severe natural and man-made disasters as well as the continuing poverty and marginalisation faced by millions of vulnerable people. The strategic plan has taken into account the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by international community aimed at eliminating extreme poverty in our lifetime, in particular focusing on:
- SDG1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere ,
- SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
- SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages and
- SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Providing WASH interventions will be a part of all programmes as it is a basic foundation for family security, health, education and livelihoods.
In addition to the SDGs, the goals and objectives of the strategic plan have also drawn heavily from the national development plans and priorities of our Field Offices.
Muslim Aid’s geographical and thematic spread has grown enormously over the past thirty years. This plan attempts to position the organisation for further growth, focussing on our commitment to combat poverty and the misery caused by natural and man-made disasters. In order to be able to expand and improve our impact, we have committed to work to increase income and improve capacity at both our HQ in the UK and our Field Offices.
In fulfilling our mission, we will strive to achieve the following goals:
1. Deliver an effective emergency response globally
2. Secure sustainable livelihood opportunities for the marginalised and the poorest communities
3. Provide access to quality primary education especially for girls
4. Improve access to MNCH and primary healthcare services
5. Increase income from diversified sources by increasing fundraising capacity
6. Ensure that Muslim Aid is an effective, transparent and accountable organisation to all its stakeholders
The goals have been based upon Muslim Aid’s four Core Thematic Areas:
1. Humanitarian/ Emergency Response
2. Sustainable Livelihoods