We work with an expanding network of 95 local organisations and a focus on the power and purpose of inspirational local level organisations sits at the heart of all we do – and has done so since our first partnership in Sierra Leone in 2008.

At Street Child we believe supporting local organisations and leveraging local expertise is essential to effective, efficient interventions and to enabling sustainable longer-term impact.

We work in close collaboration with leading agencies, leveraging our experience and expertise to issue global guidance on working with local level organisations.

championing local level action

Street Child is a signatory of the Charter for Change (C4C) an initiative led by both National and International NGOs to practically implement changes to the way the Humanitarian sector operates to enable more locally-led response. It also commits Street Child to publish the percentage of our expenditure that we pass on to local actors.

advocating for direct funding

Street Child offer tailored support to help local agencies secure further funding.

We lead by example and work in innovative 'reverse prime' partnerships. This is where local partners are the prime recipients of funds, as opposed to the standard configuration where an INGO is the prime fund recipient and sub-grants to a local organisation as an implementing partner.

In Cameroon, a programme funding our expert partner 'LUKMEF', reached over 4,500 conflict affected children.

supporting local actors' development

Since Street Child was founded in 2008, we have not only worked in partnership with local actors to implement its programmes but have actively supported our partners to grow.

We work closely with local agencies to identify areas for development, we have provided both ‘surge support’ to help partners catch up with growth, and capacity development support to intentionally train partners in areas from strategy, to finance to fundraising.

the impact of our local level action approach


The expanded network of local organisations Street Child worked with in 2021.


The percentage of total Street Child expenditure which goes to local organisations. As a signatory for Charter4Change we are committed to publishing our expenditure.


The percentage of Street Child development expenditure which goes to local organisations.