Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation.
Law Enforcement Partnerships: IJM has worked with the Mukono Police Department to establish a property grabbing “desk” (specialized section), train officers seconded to the desk, and resource the desk. The desk has changed perceptions among officers so that property grabbing is handled as a crime, rather than domestic matter, and community members are more readily reporting cases.
Aftercare Partnerships: We partner with the Empower and Care Organization (EACO), Bead for Life, Food for the Hungry (FHI) and other NGOs who help our clients become self-sustaining and create income generating businesses.
Legal Partnerships: We work with Uganda Christian University Law School, introducing their students to the legal aspects of property grabbing. These students help our legal education workshops, often by conducting intakes on-site if attendees have cases to report. Through this partnership, IJM is training a generation of lawyers who desire to change the public justice systems so that it effectively serves the marginalized.
We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model
IJM raises funds for our work around the world from a broad base of supporters to ensure the sustainability of funding. The breakdown of income sources in 2009 included:
Individual Donors: 62%
Churches and Schools: 6%
Intern Support: 4%
Other Income: 4%
IJM’s Affiliate Offices: 3%
Government Grants: 3%