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December 14, 2009

GuideStar Google Map

Filed under: Access to information,CSO reporting,Transparency — guidestarinternational @ 09:31
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GuideStar Google MapYou can now learn about the progress of GuideStar programmes around the world through our new Google map. For each country, background information is provided on the context in which CSOs operate and the GuideStar programme that is developing. Through the development of GuideStar systems worldwide we are building a good picture of civil societies in different countries but there is much more to learn! Our aim is to fill this map out for many more countries but we need your help! Please complete the GSI Questionnaire or leave a comment to let us know what the civil society sector looks like in your country.

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December 11, 2009

Fix the Plumbing – The need to develop civil society and philanthropy infrastructure

In his last column for Alliance magazine, Barry Gaberman draws attention to the vital role infrastructure for civil society and philanthropy plays and draws attention to the threat this infrastructure is facing due to lack of funding interest. He describes the various forms of infrastructure including an array of support organisations, research and data collection organisations and groups promoting accountability and reporting on the field. Likening infrastructure to civil society’s ‘plumbing’, Gaberman points out that it tends to be invisible, until it springs a leak and calls on philanthropic organisations to take more seriously the funding of this varied work; going so far as to suggest ‘self-taxation’ of philanthropic organisations across the field. The full article ‘Fix the Plumbing’ can be found by subscribers here.

November 26, 2009

Caroline Neligan Presents the GuideStar Model to Colombian Civil Society

At the invitation of Conexion Colombia Caroline travelled to Bogota, Colombia from the 16-19 November 2009 to present the GuideStar model to a group of over 200 NGO representatives. The meeting, titled ‘Fundraising and Innovation for NGOs’ explored a range of initiatives that promote the work of NGOs and connect them to donors and other stakeholders at national and international levels. A summary can be read in Spanish and English.

César Bocanegra, Angela Escallón, Caroline Neligan, John Hecklinger

During her visit, Caroline also met with several leading organisations supporting social development and Colombian civil society:

Conexion Colombia channels resources from all around the world to a portfolio of Colombian NGOs and foundations and links diaspora Colombians to their country through a range of information services.

Compartamos con Colombia, is an NGO that promotes the Colombian nonprofit sector through strategic support and capacity building, the promotion of philanthropy and social investment, and by raising awareness of the importance of social responsibility with young entrpreneurs.

The Presidential Agency for Social Action and International Cooperation, Accion Social, coordinates, promotes and carries out international cooperation policies, plans and projects which contribute to the social and economic development of Colombia, and to reducing the poverty of Colombians who have been affected by violence, illicit crops and who live in conditions of vulnerability.

And last but not least, ONG por la Transparencia (NGOs for Transparency) seeks to increase NGO visibility and make publicly available information that seeks to strengthen the credibility of the sector and increase public support for the work of these important organisations.

There was significant interest in how GuideStar might help illuminate the work of Colombian NGOs and promote a culture of transparency and information that will help connect Colombians both at home and abroad with national NGOs and the communities in which they work. We look forward to continuing these initial conversations.

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