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International Forum of National NGO platforms (IFP)
International Forum of National NGO Platforms was established by bringing together 82 national NGO platforms representing 82 countries and NGO regional coalitions from Africa, Latin America, Europe and Oceania as a permanent space of cooperation and initiatives. The Forum’s members drew and validated a grid of criteria specific to a national NGO platform, which is the base to define who can be a member of the Forum. The Forum aims at facilitating cooperation between national platforms and regional coalitions of NGOs at the regional, inter-regional and international levels through common advocacy and capacity building actions.
World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS)
World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) is an international alliance of members and partners which constitutes an influential network of organisations at the local, national, regional and international levels, and spans the spectrum of civil society. CIVICUS has worked for over a decade to strengthen citizen action and civil society throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens' freedom of association are threatened. CIVICUS has a vision of a global community of active, engaged citizens committed to the creation of a more just and equitable world. This is based on the belief that the health of societies exists in direct proportion to the degree of balance between the state, the private sector and civil society. CIVICUS provides a focal point for knowledge-sharing, common interest representation, global institution-building and engagement among these disparate sectors. It acts as an advocate for citizen participation as an essential component of governance and democracy worldwide. CIVICUS seeks to amplify the voices and opinions of ordinary people and it gives expression to the enormous creative energy of the burgeoning sector of civil society.
Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA)
The Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA) was launched at the 2004 CIVICUS World Assembly in Botswana to convene national umbrella associations of NGOs and NPOs for the purpose of creating a forum to share knowledge and experiences on generic civil society issues and of encouraging civil society engagement and co-operation across national boundaries in the pursuit of mutual interests. AGNA aims to address needs that are particular to national associations which provide and give a collective voice to civil society, serve as interlocutors between civil society and other sectors and struggle for the creation of an enabling environment for civil society by providing services to members and the sector as a whole.
Asian Development Alliance (ADA)
The Asian Development Alliance (ADA) is an international network of national or sub-national multi-sectoral NGO/CSO platforms or umbrellas in Asia engaged in development issues in the context of UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ADA was founded in Bangkok in February 2013 as a joint regional platform of members of the International Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP) and CIVICUS Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA) in Asia for a collaboration of other CSO networks such as the Asian Democracy Network (ADN), Global Call for Action against Poverty (GCAP), Good Neighbors International etc.
Asian Democracy Network (AND)
A civil society led multi-stakeholders’ platform among democracy advocates and human rights defenders dedicated to the strengthening of democracy and Human Rights. ADN is committed to building a just, equitable and sustainable community of democratic societies in Asia, where all human rights of all individuals, groups and peoples are fully respected and realized. Through effective solidarity and cooperation among civil society organizations, ADN works to promote and advance democratization and democratic governance at all levels of society. ADN works to promote and advance democratization and democratic governance at all levels of society through effective solidarity and cooperation among civil society organizations and democracy advocates in Asia.
Network of West and Central African NGO platforms (REPAOC)
REPAOC-Network of West and Central African NGO National Platforms was founded in 2006 in Dakar, Senegal. It consists of 8 National NGO Platforms whose main objectives are to sustain and defend the interests of its members and to reinforce capabilities of national platforms in matters of advocacy, services and communication and to work towards better regional co-action between national platforms and also to ensure greater representation for West and Central African NGOs at regional and international level platforms, both governmental and non- governmental. REPAOC promotes strategic thinking and research on important regional and international matters that foster efficient participation in the formulation of public policies at national, regional and international levels.
Coalition of National NGO platforms of Central Africa (REPONGAC)
REPONGAC is the Network Platforms Non-Governmental Organizations of the countries of Central Africa. It was founded in March 2008 in a meeting at Brazzaville as regional network. This network is the place to exchange information and develop general guidelines for action planning and joint studies to be carried out in each national platform. The network is open to all other national platforms with their missions, concerns or issues related to social (welfare) people. The network platform operates on the basis of recognition of national platforms in each country, their leaders and members in good faith. It will consider as and when the opportunity to develop the legal texts governing its operation.
MESA Articulation of National Associations and NGO networks in Latin America and the Caribbean
Latin America and its social institutions are a heterogeneous and diverse. The recognition and appreciation of this diversity, which is one of its greatest assets is the starting point of the "MESA Articulation of National Associations and NGO networks in Latin America and the Caribbean." It was formed to formulate an agenda of common responses to the challenges of Latin America and the Caribbean NGOs and dialogue with other political actors, governmental and non-governmental, social and academic actors. It is a meeting area, convergence, sharing and organisation that recognises the variety of partnerships, platforms, groups and alliances of NGOs in the region. In making operating decisions and also characterized by the horizontal and internal democracy. This is a meeting area, convergence, sharing and organisation that recognises the variety of associations, Platforms, Groups and Alliances of NGOs in the region. It promotes joint space of NGOs in the region. The members of the MESA, National Associations and regional NGO networks, come from a tradition while recognizing its plurality, respond to forms of organization based on democratic and pluralistic operation. In turn, play a political role marked by the practice of social autonomy, overcoming and moving away from traditional categories that caricature of our organizations as "opposition" or "official", it, to the definition that make the media , party politics and government.
CONCORD is the European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development. Its 18 international networks and 25 national associations from the European Member States represent more than 1600 European NGOs vis-vis the European Institutions. CONCORD envisages a world where a prosperous Europe enjoys an open relationship with the global community, sharing wealth and expertise to ensure that all the earth’s citizens live a life of dignity and enjoy full rights to development. CONCORD will be a platform for common action at European level, based on the values of respect for the diversity of its membership, the complementarity’s of expertise, mutual confidence, participation, accountability and transparency. CONCORD works to ensure that the EU and member states are fully committed to and implement comprehensive and coherent policies towards the developing world that are based on the principles of solidarity, human rights, justice and democracy, and which aim to address the causes of poverty and conflict and promote sustainable economic and social development and the European NGDO movement is active and fully engaged in promoting EU policies that have a positive impact on developing countries and have the capacity to influence the direction of these policies.
The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO)
The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO) is a regional network of NGO focal points or coordinating bodies known as National Liaison Units (NLUs) based in 22 Pacific Island countries and territories. PIANGO was formally established in 1991 to assist NGOs in the Pacific to initiate action, give voice to their concerns and work collaboratively with other development actors for just and sustainable human development. PIANGO is a network of Pacific NGOs, existing to facilitate communication, provide a common voice at regional and international forums, strengthen Pacific forms of social action, and improve the well-being of the communities NGOs serve. PIANGO's primary role is to be a catalyst for collective action, to facilitate and support coalitions and alliances on issues of common concern, and to strengthen the influence and impact of NGO efforts in the region. It works for a strong and effective NGO and civil society sector for a just and peaceful Pacific community. PIANGO exists to enable the Pacific extended family of NGOs to effectively promote and advance the interests and well-being of Pacific people. PIANGO also facilitates active networking among NGOs at all levels throughout the region. It also promotes and enabling access to sharing and dissemination of information, ideas, experience and resources (including human resources) among NGOs throughout the region. It also enabling NGOs to better understand fulfil and develop their roles and functions and strengthen their organisation and programme capacities.
Global Standards for CSO Accountability
Global Standard for CSO Accountability is housed in Accountable Now, Germany and is joint initiative of Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC), Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), VIWANGO, Kenya, NGO Quality Assurance Certification Mechanism (QuAM) Uganda, Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN), Render Cuentas (Latin America), Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) Accountable Now (Germany), INTERACTION (USA). Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) play a critical role in creating just societies and a healthy planet. The Global Standard work with multiple stakeholders, particularly affected peoples and partners.
The Global Standard, with its strong commitment to impact and participative work is a great motor and provides the ideal frame to further advance the implementation of dynamic CSO accountability worldwide. If the dynamic approach to accountability is practiced by thousands of CSOs it has the potential to transform the civil society sector into a highly participative and responsive actor, generating trust on the ground and leveraging stakeholder contributions for greater impact. Both will be crucial to preserve and build civic space and a more just and sustainable world.
Reality of Aid
The Reality of Aid Network (RoA) is the only major North/South international non-governmental initiative focusing exclusively on analysis and lobbying for poverty eradication policies and practices in the international aid regime.It brings together 166 member organizations, including more than 40 civil society regional and global networks, working in the field of international cooperation in the 21 donor countries of the OECD, and in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and in the Asia/Pacific. The Reality of Aid builds on a seventeen-year track record of independent assessment of aid policies and practices, accompanied by constructive dialogue with policy makers at national and international levels
As a platform, it promotes voluntarism and creates space for voluntary action.
As a network, it attempts to bring about a convergence of common sectoral issues and concerns for building a truly National agenda of voluntary action in the country. It also facilitates linkages of various efforts and initiatives of the voluntary sector in the country for a multiplier effect, to create and sustain the process of change in an organic manner.