Watipa is hope.
We are a social enterprise working to enable equal societies, just development, and equal health for all. Drawing on decades of experience in national and international development, we aim to creatively and collaboratively work to catalyse change and advocate to maintain what works responding to the dynamics and current realities of different contexts around the world. Watipa was registered on 11 June 2016 as a Community Interest Company (CIC) and on 25 May 2017 as a Registered Charity in England and Wales.
Watipa Community Interest Company is named after a friend in the North of Malawi, a seven year old girl called Watipa, who embodies courage, determination and hope for a better, just and more equal future.
In Tumbuka, her local language, Watipa literally means ‘has been provided for.’
Our community interest company is founded on pillars of:
- Intellectual excellence and lateral thinking
- Innovations in programme implementation
- Effective advocacy
- Recognition of the power of communities
- Learning from, listening to, and strengthening community participation
- Agility and responsiveness
We are an ethical company and aspire to be the change we want to see in the world, and to ‘walk the talk’ of the ethical and community driven approaches to community development that form the core of our work. To achieve this, we are a community interest company limited by shares, and 10% of all our profits will be invested in the scholarship, exchange and internship fund. We minimize our carbon footprint and have at-cost overhead rates.