What does it mean for Simavi to be nominated for the ‘Transparant Prijs’?
“I’m very proud that Simavi has been nominated! This means that our efforts to be transparent in reporting Simavi’s impact, results and what we stand for are acknowledged. We were able to find a way to share our approach, what we do and what we achieve and involve people with our work that is appealling. And as we can’t do it alone, it is crucial to be open and honest about both our successes and lessons learned. This will eventually improve and strengthen our partnerships and connections with donors. We believe that being open, honest and transparent in our collaborations will further help us in realising our ambition to structurally improve the health of 10 million people by 2020.”
What achievement are you most proud of?
“The year 2015 was a pivotal year for Simavi. First, we reached a significant milestone: our 90th anniversary. We seized this opportunity to organise events that let us engage face-to-face with our existing and potential constituencies.
At the same time, our four largest WASH and SRHR programmes ended last December and we have been developing and securing funding for nine (!) new ones. All while maintaining our ongoing efforts in the field, advocating at the international and national levels, and taking strategic steps to maximise our impact. For example, the first steps we are taking with evidence informed programming.
I’m very proud and incredibly pleased that this joint effort of everyone here at Simavi have paid off so well!”
Why do you find the ‘Transparant Prijs’ important?
“It triggers us to be open and think thoroughly about our vision and mission and who we need to realise this. The Transparant Prijs helps us think about these elements, which leads to bigger impact. We continue to listen to our stakeholders, involve them in policy making, and include the lessons learned in strategic development. That way we are a learning organisation and we keep improving and professionalising our organisation and our work.”