Adriano Campolina

1 March, 2016

ActionAid International went through a tremendous transformation through what was called its internationalisation. It moved from being a British charity with branches in several countries, to a an alliance of few European members and now to a federation of 27 national members across all regions encompassing countries as diverse as Vietnam, Denmark, Sierra Leone, Malawi and Guatemala.

This new federation would be serviced by an Visioninternational secretariat, with the roles of coordinating international work, ensuring compliance with federation wide policies and supporting countries directly or by enabling peer support as well as managing the programmes in those countries that had not yet gone through a local governance development process. MORE

Wolfgang Jamann

9 February, 2016

“In a slow moving world, all the organisation needs is a good CEO. In a faster context, teamwork at the top is necessary to deal with transformations, almost all the time.” (J.P. Kotter, Harvard Business School)

Dr. Wolfgang Jamann meets with refugees at Slavonski Brod camp for Migrants in Serbia. January 2016. Photo: Srdjan Veljovic/CARE

Most of those leading and managing civil society organisations (CSOs) have embraced the idea of responding to disruption and rapidly changing work environments. We invest in innovation, in culture and behaviour change; we restructure, go south, globalise, seek new roles and partnerships. International CSOs (ICSOs) exchange experiences, successes and failures, and most of us believe in transformation – not the least because transforming people’s lives is the core of our business. MORE

Burkhard Gnärig

5 January, 2016

I am sure that the conversation below is not happening in any of the international civil society organisations (ICSOs) we are working with. Nobody aims to “decline into obsolescence”.
However, “risking anything new” doesn’t look like an obvious choice of our sector either. Still, I believe that this is really the choice we have: either risk innovation or slowly fade away. So, why not make 2016 the year of exciting innovation, the year of prudent risk taking, the year in which transformative change takes hold in your organisation?Cartoon_Blog_Social_Media

Here are three courageous ideas which may help you start the transformation in your organisation: MORE

Kumi Naidoo

15 December, 2015

Co-author Daniel Mittler, Political Director, Greenpeace International

That the Paris climate agreement for the first time sets its eyes on limiting global warming to a safer level of 1.5 degrees and sends a clear signal that the fossil fuel era is ending, is the result of real leadership from the most vulnerable countries combined with unprecedented levels of climate mobilisation over the last years, months and days. What is good in the Paris agreement is there because of people power. What is bad, and there is plenty, is where people power now, going forward, needs to be directed.

Let’s be honest: Photo by Elizabeth Stillwell, creative commons image via FlickrAfter Copenhagen six years ago, the climate movement was depressed. We tried not to let that happen (at Greenpeace, for example, we had a fresh team taking over early in 2010 to keep momentum going). But the mood was too dark, so it took months before we, as a movement, recovered. Looking back now, though, we can say that the strategic roads taken after Copenhagen were vindicated over the past few days. The climate movement’s new focus since 2010 on winning national battles had already resulted in key steps forward: Coal demand is now in terminal decline worldwide, after a dramatic – if not complete – change of course in China. This year alone Shell had to retreat from the Alaskan Arctic, President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline and Alberta put a cap on tar sands oil. Combine this bad news for fossil fuels with new players – from cities to companies – coming on board with the vision of a 100% renewable future and the ground shifts. It has worked to change – from the grassroots up – the global conversation around climate change. MORE

Wael Hmaidan

1 December, 2015

The world is looking to Paris as world leaders gather in the city to open the UN Climate Summit (COP 21) where governments from more than 190 countries are expected to forge a new, global climate agreement that paves the way for an accelerated transition to a 100% renewable energy future.

For the first time ever over 150 countries have submitted national climate action plans known in technical UN-speak as INDCs. Submitted over the past 9 months these pledges, including some from countries who have never taken action before, can help to bend the curve of projected global warming closer to the internationally agreed target of of 2°C – or ideally 1.5°C. However they are not enough to achieve this goal alone, so the Paris Summit must build on them. MORE

George McLaughlin

29 September, 2015

It’s been a busy summer! Since our Secretary of State, Justine Greening, launched the DFID Civil Society Partnership Review in July we’ve been listening to the views of civil society organisations: those we fund; those we don’t; those we talk with regularly; and even some we hadn’t heard of before. The Review will establish how DFID can have a more effective, strategic relationship with civil society and will define our future objectives, approaches and instruments for our partnership with civil society. Engagement so far has focused on our five lines of enquiry. I am grateful to the International Civil Society Centre for providing this opportunity to share with you some of the emerging themes from our discussions over the summer with civil society. I also want to acknowledge the fantastic work Bond have done in supporting engagement in the review.

The Review’s outcome won’t be business as usual. We want to build on what we do well together, but we also want to incentivise real, sustainable transformational change in the development sector. The Review is not yet finished, so it would be premature to fully predict the outcome, however, what we do know is how we work with civil society in the future will change. And it needs to change to respond to the issues the International Civil Society Centre and others have been highlighting for some time. MORE