Action for Children
(AFC) is a global programme focusing on initiatives aimed at improving
the welfare of children by scaling up the brand and fundraising
of grassroots organisations. The programme was initiated in 2008
by Together4Change alliance, a consortium of four international
organisations – Wilde Ganzen (Wild Geese), Wereldkinderen
(NICWO), SOS kinderdorpen (SOS Children's Villages) and Investing
in Children and their Societies (ICS) –supported by Dutch
Together4Change alliance is based on the concept of Civic Driven
Change and gives the highest priority to change being achieved
by people and society themselves. For its programme, Action for
Children, organisations with a similar ideology were selected
from five developing economies, namely India, Brazil, South Africa,
Ghana and Kenya. Smile Foundation is the implementing partner
for the programme in India.
Action for Children, being carried out by Wilde Ganzen, is based
on the belief that the responsibility of social development lies
not only with the government, but also requires equal participation
from the privileged masses.
Smile Foundation implemented the first phase of the programme
(MFS I) between 2008 and 2011. The programme is now in its second
phase (MFS II) and extends till 2015.