3 shared models at the workshop “Sharing experience: CSOs partnership models for Development Effectiveness”

On August 21st 2017, in Ha Noi, Research Center for Management and Sustainable Development (MSD) organized a workshop on “Sharing experience: CSOs partnership models for Development Effectiveness” in order to provide opportunities for CSOs to share their experiences on forming, developing and maintaining effective and sustainable partnerships with key partners: The State, Enterprises, national and international CSOs as well as to answer questions related to Best TAP – INSPIRING CSOS 2017 program.

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3 partnership models including CSOs – Enterprises from LIN Center; CSOs – CSOs – typically GBVNet Network from CSAGA; Partnership model with state counterparts, local partners to implement projects from SRD were shared in the workshop.
Lin Center’s Narrow the gap fund mobilizes local resources to assist local Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in addressing the most prominent issues in Ho Chi Minh City. Final beneficiaries of Narrow the Gap fund are vulnerable groups that haven’t had the chance to gain equal access to opportunities. These groups include: undocumented immigrants, people with disabilities, poor city dwellers, ethnic minorities, women and children in particularly difficult circumstances and groups of people who are likely to be discriminated against. Since 2009, the Fund has raised over VND 4.8 billion and supported 100 community projects. Contributions come from local, individual, companies, volunteers, and attendees of Narrow the Gap event. In particular, the number of enterprises contributing to the Fund has increased over the years, from 9 companies in 2011 to 54 contributing companies in 2012. In subsequent years, there is a positive variance in the number of enterprises contributing to the Fund – implying the increasing participation of enterprises in community activities. Besides, in order to promote the participation of enterprises, LIN has had creative consultancy for enterprise donors.

Beside LIN’s model, GBVNet is CSAGA’s model demonstrating the partnership between CSOs – CSOs. This is a voluntary network of CSOs and individuals sharing similar interests and conducting activities towards the elimination of gender violence and the promotion of gender equality in Viet Nam. At present, this network has 15 member organizations. These members participate in the development and approval of GBVNet’s Charter of Operation (which clearly defines the mission, vision, objectives and principles of operation, management structure, logo and color identity. …). There are the Executive Board (3 VNGOs) and Coordinators assisting both the Executive Board and the network.

Ms. Nguyen Thu Thuy – Representative from CSAGA gave the information about GBVNet

With their experiences in CSOs – CSOs partnership models, the representative from CSAGA said that CSOs should “study sincerely, persistently pursue common goals and connect members in the network; need to promote the creativity in connecting and developing partnership models at the same time.”

Moreover, partnership with counterparts from the State plays an important role in the activities of CSOs. SRD has coordinated the implementation of the project with central and local agencies: Department of Climate Change, Provincial people’s Committee, Commune people’s committee, Department of Natural resources and Environment, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Plant Protection Sub Department, Sub Department of Animal Health, VUSTA, Provincial association of unions (Yên Bái, Phú Thọ, Quảng Nam,…).

SRD also invited relevant local government agencies to participate in project formulation, planning, project implementation as well as project monitoring and evaluation.

Ms. Nguyen Kim Ngan – SRD’s Vice Director shared the experience in working with the State partners

Sharing SRD’s experiences in collaborating with partners from the State, Ms. Nguyen Kim Ngan, representative from SRD emphasized that: “On pursuing their own missions, goals and objectives; CSOs have to ensure that their objectives must contribute to the development of our country. Besides, CSOs always have to improve their capacity, be innovative and creative, build their positions and earn the trust of society by their well-qualified, responsible and professional contribution within and outside the country”.

Moreover, CSOs need to “intensify activities coordinating with Governing body, localities and inter-CSOs; proactively report their activities to competent authorities and local partners to increase transparency, autonomy and build trust with competent authorities. In addition, CSOs need to be closely linked with each other, actively engaged in activities creating large-scale impacts recognized by state agencies”.

And in order to implement CSO – enterprise partnership models in a satisfying way, CSOs need to be creative in designing several CSOs – enterprise partnership models, transparent within the organization: Accounting – Auditing – Reporting…

The workshop also answers the questions and concerns of offline and online attendees regarding “Honoring CSOs partnership initiatives for Development effectiveness” program.