Meet our new Matchbox partners

Nthabi Mokoena

Through our Matchbox Programme, we provide intensive support to selected organisations over a period of six to eight months. 

We are thrilled to announce two new Matchbox partners for the upcoming cycle: Albinism Umbrella and Y-Fem Namibia. Read more about these two organisations below! 

About Matchbox 

A Matchbox partnership involves working with an organisation to think through the design, development and implementation of a data and tech project that the organisation has in mind to strengthen their work. 

What we’ll be working on together 

Albinism Umbrella 

Based in: Uganda

Focus areas: The protection and promotion of the rights of people with albinism

Find them here: Albinism Umbrella website, Twitter, Facebook

Founded in 2017, Albinism Umbrella is “the National Voice that engages the community to reduce the vulnerability of persons with albinism, promoting and protecting their interests while preventing the violation of their rights”. 

Albinism Umbrella wants to make sure that they are collecting, managing and storing their data in equitable and responsible ways. With this in mind, we’ll primarily be working with them to assess their data practices and processes across the organisation. 

We’ll also be looking specifically at data practices in their current spatial mapping data collection project — analysing the tech tools involved, providing recommendations, and working with them on implementing some of these.

Y-Fem Namibia

Based in: Namibia

Focus areas: Feminist movement-buidling, sexual and reprodutive health and rights, gender-based violence, women’s rights. 

Find them here: Facebook, Twitter 

The Young Feminists Movement (Y-Fem) Namibia is a feminist human rights organisation dedicated to advancing women’s human rights by promoting women’s access to health, education and justice. 

Y-FEM would like to make sure that they have the tools to establish a more stable and safer tech and data environment for their team and for the feminist movement in Namibia. We’ll be conducting an organisational tech and data assessment together, and co-creating a plan for the future based on the assessment’s findings. This will include a roadmap with short-term, mid-term and long-term implementation recommendations, and we’ll be working with the team on prioritising these.

If your organisation is interested in getting support from The Engine Room, please schedule a Light Touch Support call with us and we can take things from there. Visit our blog to learn more about how Matchbox has changed in 2021 (and why) and how your organisation can get support.


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