Towards a global network of southern non-governmental organizations

Published March 23, 2016 by Anne-Marie Schryer-Roy

Time for a New Era for Aid

Local and national NGOs from the global south have come together to form a global network to promote more equitable and dignified humanitarian and development systems.

The network’s creation stems from a desire by these actors to find practical solutions to the challenges they face and to promote a more equitable and dignified humanitarian and development system. It will provide a much-needed forum where local and national NGOs can influence the policies and practices that affect their operations and the well being of the communities in which they live and work.

The network is now in the process of its formation with the help of an interim steering committee that will provide strategic guidance, coordinate and assist in development of the preliminary governing structure, and lead the branding and operationalization of the network.

Vision: A humanitarian and development system that is truly global, attuned to national and local realities, and able to position humanitarian, recovery and resilience work within the broader context of sustainable development goals.

Mission: to promote a more people-centered humanitarian and development system and facilitate the effective engagement of civil society from the global south with international disaster resilience, response and recovery efforts.

Our purpose

The network will collaborate with like-minded organizations and donors from all over the world to contribute to reform of the current aid system and promote more effective partnerships between local, national and international actors, encouraging greater equity in decision-making, as well as more open and transparent communication. It will also contribute to reforms to aid financing in order to secure predictable and sustainable capacity development resources to strengthen southern actors’ ability to build robust and resilient organizations, better equipped and prepared to effectively respond to the needs of their communities. Ultimately, this network will ensure that true principles of humanitarian partnership are upheld, and that we remain accountable to the most important people of all – those we are here to serve.

Strategic Focus

Over the next few months, further consultations will be held in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Pacific, Latin America, and the Caribbean to hear the voices of small and large organisations in shaping the global network.

The world’s first Southern NGO Network will be launched at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul in May, and will focus on four key areas:

  1. Enhanced policy-level and operational collaboration between southern NGOs (SNGOs) through networking and communication activities. The network will promote collaboration with like-minded organisations and donors from all over the world to contribute to reform of the current aid system and promote more effective partnerships between local, national and international actors, encouraging greater equity in decision-making. 
  2. Facilitated access to predictable services, tools and financial resources to strengthen SNGOs organizational capacity. The network will build relationships with and between SNGOs, strengthening the locally led movement through direct South-South collaboration and providing a means for these actors to interact with one another directly.à
  3. Establishment of a well managed pooled funding mechanism to provide members with a rapid response fund and help to build the management capacity of SNGOs by providing technical guidance and support in establishing a track record of grant management. This will assure predictable and sustainable capacity development resources to strengthen southern actors’ ability to build robust and resilient organizations. It will also better equip SNGOs to be prepared to effectively respond to the needs of their communities.
  4. Strengthened contribution of SNGOs to research and humanitarian evidence-base publications in collaboration with Southern Universities and think tank. The network will work with national and local researchers to carry out robust research to provide evidence of the work carried out by frontline actors, raise public awareness nationally and internationally, and assist in engaging with international policy dialogue from a more informed perspective.

Want to find out more?

Consultations with SNGOs were carried out to produce a position paper for the World Humanitarian Summit – A More Dignified and Equitable Humanitarian System  Download the position paper here.

Read The Demand for, Feasibility, and Scope of a Global Network of Southern NGOs in Disaster Resilience, Response, and Recovery, a scoping study published out in April 2015. 

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Sign the Charter for Change, which calls on international NGOs to commit themselves to change their own organizational ways of working, to ensure southern-based national actors play an increased and more prominent role in humanitarian response by January 2020. 

For more information, contact Smruti Patel, Network Advisor, spatel@adesoafrica.org.

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