We believe in long-term partnership and continuously learning as a network of practitioners committed to systemic change.
Our actions are shaped by listening to people's needs and are grounded in participation.
Provide Knowledge & Technology
Making knowledge and technology accessible where it can serve the purpose of social impact.
Commit to Long-Term Partnership
Transformation requires long-term, consistent change. Our flexible funding and partnership model offers the conditions for sustainable change to occur.
We partner with impact-first organisations and evaluate their impact spectrum, focusing on organisational integrity, the impact model and potential, local knowledge and embeddedness in the communities they serve and their commitment to the SCF network. Once we have formed a partnership we will support their efforts with our portfolio of activities.
Our Selection Process
Organisational Diagnosis & Due Diligence
In this stage we get to know the organisations, their mission, strategy and impact model, alignment with the interests of SCF, leadership, and main strengths and areas of development. For this, institutional information is collected and interviews are conducted. Once this phase has been completed, it is submitted for internal approval by the board.
If the organisation passes the previous phase, it goes on to a project formulation process in which the objectives of SCF's collaboration with the entity and the impact goals are defined, including any non-financial support the partner will receive to strengthen their organisation long-term. The outcome of this phase will be a project document and funding roadmap that will undergo a final internal approval process.
Once a partnership is established, we commit to supporting the impact goals set in Phase II by providing ongoing shadow management and other more than finance support, including access to experts and access to our network of practitioners, facilitating knowledge exchange between partners and adapting plans to emerging needs to ensure sustainable impact and opportunities for the communities the organisation serves.
Our Selection Criteria
A reputable organisation (NGO, social business, cooperative or small/rural enterprise) with a strong team, truly committed to creating lasting impact and innovation in development, while maintaining the ambition to grow. This spirit is notably part of the organisation’s culture at all levels and is demonstrated by their activities.
Impact Model & Potential
Income generation and entrepreneurship are at the core of their strategy. They aim to evolve in their depth of knowledge, methodologies and innovations. The organisation clearly demonstrates a high potential impact on the quality of life in vulnerable communities through sustainable income generation with replicable and/or scalable models.
Deep Roots in a Territory
The organisation is deeply embedded in the community they serve. They are an expert in their territory and understands the multi-faceted reality of their beneficiaries and has clearly demonstrated a human-centric approach to addressing scarcity, poverty and hope. They foster participatory approaches to development and building local capacities.
Add Value to SCF’s Network
The organisation brings a unique perspective to the SCF network, expands the network’s expertise with relevant methodologies, practices or other singular elements of their activities to strengthen the SCF network as a whole. They actively participate in SCF´s network and contribute to collective learning.
SCF can provide unique and relevant support.
Impact & Learning Framework
Understanding what our partnerships have achieved is key to our own, internal learning processes so as to ensure that we can provide the best possible support to our partner organisations. Our Impact framework combines numerical indicators, beneficiary experiences and partner feedback to allow for concrete, in-depth and informative analysis on all our activities.
- Have we achieved our goal?
- Has it had the desired effect?
- Why or why not? And how?
Indicators that track activities and outcomes toward the creation of sustainable economic opportunities over time.
Case studies based on qualitative interviews and surveys of the beneficiaries conducted by the partner organisation to foster human-centric solutions and innovations.
Learning from Practice
All our interventions integrate a learning agenda: we foster partners' reflection to learn from success and challenges, identify best practices and continuously improve their methodologies