Why Molly's Network?
There are thousands of non-profits operating in Tanzania, ranging from social businesses run by one person to international NGOs. With the rapid increase in the sector’s growth and their significant influence on the economy and public policy, there is a call for greater accountability from donors. Local organisations are often overlooked in favour of more established groups who share a common culture of accountability and assessment.
The need for a charity accreditation scheme in Tanzania was first realised by the founder, Paul Joynson-Hicks. When he wanted to donate to small, local organisations through the Dar es Salaam Goat Races (one of Tanzania’s largest fundraising events), he was unable to identify credible small-scale organisations that were not on the standard circuit. He got together an advisory group consisting of NGO and donor experts, and the idea of Molly’s Accreditation was born.
Since then we have met with numerous interested parties including: corporate partners in Tanzania and overseas; development partners; small-scale local organisations; and trusts and foundations, and their advice has helped shape who we are today.
We have researched existing accreditation models and learned from others: from government endorsed accreditation schemes (e.g. AusAID and The Philippine Council for NGO Certification); non-profit independent accreditation schemes (e.g. The DZI Donation Seal in Germany and ForeignAid.com in the USA); and private sector accreditation schemes (e.g. the Rainforest Alliance). These models consistently cite the main benefits as: increased public trust; improved governance; management and operation; and donor access.
As a result, we created the first rigorous, independent accreditation scheme in Tanzania in 2011. After two years of operation, we expanded our model in 2013 to provide capacity building to organisations that show great promise, but do not quite meet the accreditation standards.
Molly's Network is named after Molly Joynson-Hicks, daughter of Paul and Catharine Joynson-Hicks. Molly died in an accident at the age of two, and Paul and Catharine were inspired by this tragedy to make more of a difference. They founded Molly's Network as a result in 2011.
Molly's Network is our registered name that we use to describe our overall work.
Molly's Accreditation is governed by the same registered company, but is an independent assessment process managed by an independent Assessment Panel.