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Working together

Working in conflict and disaster areas is complex. As ZOA we cannot, and do not want to achieve our objectives on our own. We greatly value our donors, implementing partners and strategic partners.


Cooperation is crucial

We consider partnerships and collaboration essential elements of our work, in the field as well as in the Netherlands and worldwide. We cooperate with other NGOs wherever possible, sharing knowledge and experience on implementation and security, lobbying among policymakers, complementing each other in the implementation of programmes, raising awareness among the public, as well as soliciting for funds.


  • ZOA is leading partner in the We are Able! consortium. We are Able! is a five-year-programme that helps people with a disability achieve a sustainable, fully-fledged place in their community, so that they have greater food security. The project is intended to run from 2021 until 2026. Six organisations are working together: ZOA, African Disability Forum, SeeYou, VNG International, The Hague Academy for Local Governance and Leprosy Mission International. All the organisations deploy their own expertise. They strengthen the capacity of organisations of people with disabilities, local inclusion advisors, and advocacy groups. The project is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Dutch Relief Alliance. The Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA), established in 2015, is a unique cooperation of sixteen Netherlands registered NGOs. We work closely with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to propose and implement relief programmes funded by the Dutch Relief Fund. This model works well and proves to be effective. The following organisations are part of the Dutch Relief Alliance: CARE Nederland, Cordaid, Dorcas, ICCO / Kerk in Actie, Oxfam Novib, Plan Nederland, Red een Kind, Save the Children, Tear, Terre des Hommes, SOS Kinderdorpen, Stichting Vluchteling, War Child, War Trauma Foundation, World Vision and ZOA.
  • Christian Emergency Relief Cluster. Cooperation between Dutch Christian aid organisations Dorcas, EO-Metterdaad, Tear, Red een Kind, Woord en Daad and ZOA. Within the Christian Emergency Relief Cluster, fundraising actions are coordinated.
  • Consortium of Dutch NGOs (CDN). ZOA and Help a Child cooperate through the CDN0consortium in Myanmar.
  • Walking for Water is an initiative of Amref Flying doctors, Simavi, ZOA and Rotary Netherlands. The aim of our cooperation is to contribute to clean water for everyone in 2030. We envision a future where children no longer have to walk extremely far to get clean (drinking) water. To achieve this goals, we mobilise children in primary schools. We raise awareness about the problems and we challenge them to walk with water for 6 kilometers to raise funds for clean water in developing countries.

Partners at national and local level

ZOA is convinced that partnerships are needed in order to achieve sustainable changes at community level. We cannot achieve our objectives on our own, but have to cooperate with other partners (CBOs, NGOs, local government, private sector etc.). This is also why ZOA undersigns the Grand Bargain commitments under the Workstream “National and Local Responders”. We are proud to work side by side with many partners, amongst others:

Our local partners in 2021

Afghanistan: SHPOUL, Women Hope Social Association
Burundi: Miparec, UPHB
Ethiopia: Development for Peace Organization (DPO), Women and Pastoralist Youth Development Organization (Wa-PYDO), Organization for Welfare and Development in Action (OWDA), Actuel Design PLC, The Well in Action, BelCash Technology Solutions plc
Indonesia: YBT, MDS, TSA, SHEEP, FFH Indonesia
Iraq: WEO, Al Khiamiat, SSDF, IID, ZSVP, CNSF, EADE, Al Rafedain
Liberia: The Peacebuilding Office of Liberia (PBO), Self Help Initiate For Sustainable Development (SHIFSD), Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC), Liberia Agency for Community Development Inc. (LACD)
Nigeria: SAHEI, JDPH, Life Helpers Initiative (LHI)
South Sudan: TAYA, Africa Development Aid (ADA), Community Agriculture and Skills Initiative (CASI), Awake Women and Children Empowerment (AWACE), Jonglei Disability Organisation (JDO), Jonglei Civil Society Network (JCSN), Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), AMALNA
Sudan: Al Tawaki, CDF, GPA, Al Massar, NaHA, NIDO, VNRHD, SOS Sahel Sudan Syria: GOPA-DERD, Al Hashmiyeh, Syrian Society for Social Development (SSSD), St. Ephrem Patriarchal Committee for Development
Uganda: Palm Corps, Gulu University Yemen: SDF.


ZOA is actively involved in many alliances and networks all over the world. One of them, is to share knowledge and learn from each other. ZOA is actively involved in networks on a national, European and global level.

ZOA's networks

Memorandum of Understanding

ZOA has a Memorandum of Understanding with with the following parties: