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Our Approach

How we work

GOAL has four operational and programmatic goals that anchor and guide our work: Emergency Response; Resilient Health; Food & Nutrition Security; Sustainable Livelihoods. In addition, we have two additional organisational goals focused on; Strengthening GOAL's organisational capacity and Fostering Global Citizenship.

We engage communities, build on their inherent capacities, and strengthen the systems in which they live and work to help achieve resilient well-being.  Throughout our programming, we identify and rely on strategic partnerships that complement and enhance GOAL's delivery of a timely and appropriate responses.

Strategic goals in action

Goals 1-4 are grounded in our Theory of Change and articulate where GOAL believes it can add the most value:

Goal 1 - People Survive Crises
Goal 2 - People Have Resilient Health
Goal 3 - People Have Food & Nutrition Security
Goal 4 - People Have Sustainable Livelihoods.

These four goals also contribute towards Sustainable Development Goals
1, 2, 3, 6 and 8, and Commitment 1 of Core Responsibility 4 of the
Agenda for Humanity.

Goal 5 is focused on nurturing the development of global citizens who
will take an active role in promoting a world that is more equal, fair
and sustainable.

Goal 6 focuses on strengthening GOAL’s organisational framework and infrastructure to be more responsive, and adaptable to the challenges and opportunities that come with operating in a more complex and rapidly changing world.


How we do this

Influencing Systems
Strengthening Resilience
Fostering Inclusion
Promoting Social/Behavioural Change

GOAL's Approach

GOAL aims for people to achieve resilient well-being, which we define as people surviving crises, having resilient health, and having economic, food and nutrition security.

To achieve this, GOAL uses an integrated approach combining systems-thinking, resilience, social behaviour change, and inclusion. This integrated approach informs design within all GOAL programming, whether emergency response, health, nutrition, food security, WASH, or economic development.

GOAL’s aim is not to become a permanent part of any system, but to facilitate change within it, thereby addressing the root causes behind the system weaknesses that exclude and marginalise vulnerable populations and lead to poverty, discrimination and inequality.


Systems Approach

GOAL understands that all people live and work within existing, interconnected socio-economic systems, such as health systems, education systems, market systems and legal systems. In GOAL’s working environments, systems often function poorly or not at all, leading to inequality and exclusion amongst the most vulnerable.

GOAL identifies the permanent actors within a system and clearly defines its role relative to these stakeholders, understanding that they are the principal catalysts of change and will remain a fundamental part of the system long after GOAL’s input. In effect, GOAL acts as a facilitator of change so that the vulnerable communities with whom we
work can participate in and gain access to basic humanitarian rights and a range of socio-economic opportunities on
a sustainable basis.

Building Resilience

Resilience is a fundamental element of GOAL’s programming. At its core, is the belief that communities and households living within complex systems can be assisted to anticipate and adapt to risks in order to be able to absorb, respond and recover from shocks without compromising their long-term well being.

By investing in resilience, recovery following a crisis is enlivened, and communities & households are better prepared for subsequent shocks and stresses. Strengthening resilience aims to foster independence for affected communities
over the long term, should crises re-occur.

Fostering Inclusion

Inclusion is the dynamic process that gives recognition, roles, influence and powers to individuals or groups in a particular system, counteracting the processes that create vulnerability, exclusion and discrimination. GOAL ensures that these processes are understood and used to inform programme design, with the aim of enabling vulnerable
people to participate in and shape their societies.

Gender and age are key elements affecting inclusion and the change GOAL creates is with groups that are in some way marginalised, neglected or excluded. Inclusion is about understanding and addressing the mechanisms which create exclusion and designing programmes to counteract it.

Social/Behavioural Change

Recognising that there are multiple relationships, interactions and behaviours that affect how functional and inclusive a system is, GOAL, through partnering with stakeholders from Government, community/civil society and the private sector, designs programme actions that are aimed to change context-specific behaviours in a system that prevent it from working efficiently and inclusively