Knowledge Development and Management (KDM) Program
On its third year of implementation, CODE-NGO’s Knowledge Development and Management (KDM) Program has focused on encouraging richer learning exchange among civil society organizations (CSOs). This is done through the Communities of Practice (CoP) online forums and face-to-face discussions, cataloguing of resource materials on social development, creating knowledge products on CSO activities, developing an online platform for updating the CODE-NGO members’ database, and continuing to communicate development efforts of CSOs in various advocacies through the CODE-NGO website, Facebook and Twitter pages, e-newsletters and Annual Report.
With the call to increase awareness and involvement on Disaster Risk Reduction initiatives among communities and CSOs, two (2) online forums (at https://www.facebook.com/caucusofdevelopmentngonetworks) and one (1) peer learning exchange were jointly conducted by the Advancing CSO Engagement in DRRM-CCA (ACED) and Citizens Monitoring of LGU Performance (CML) projects. Specifically, the topics were on: “Understanding the Hazard, Capacity, and Vulnerability Analysis (HCVA)”, “Office-based Contingency Planning”, and “Community-based Contingency Planning”. The resource persons were DRR experts from CODE-NGO member networks (MNs), WEVNET, PHILSSA and MINCODE. Another face-to-face discussion was organized by CODE-NGO and Ayala Foundation (through USAID’s ‘Strengthening the Capacities of CSOs in the Philippines Project’) on CSO Network Strengthening. This was participated in by several MNs as well. On average, there were 45 participants at each of the online forums and 25 participants at the face-to-face learning exchanges, coming from different regions and sectors in the Philippines. The syntheses of the DRR forum series and a Guidebook on CSO Network Strengthening added to the network’s resource materials.
CODE-NGO was able to complete the cataloging of the volume of resource materials it has acquired for more than two (2) decades. There were a total of 766 (484 unique titles) books; 271 (114 unique) CODE-NGO and MNs’ vertical files and periodicals; and 578 (448 unique) other vertical files and periodicals. A Manual of Collection Development Procedures for CODE-NGO had also been drafted. To digitize dated materials, 84 CODE-NGO publications were scanned and consolidated to make e-copies more accessible to the readers. A blurb was written for each publication which will be included in the resource database to be uploaded on the CODE-NGO website in the coming fiscal year (FY). As a pilot research, CODE-NGO also conducted its first Perception Survey of CSOs on Government and Civil Society, with 117 returns encoded, processed and charted. The CODE-NGO volunteers and interns were very helpful in carrying out the aforementioned tasks. These materials will soon be made accessible at the CODE-NGO website www.code-ngo.org.
To further enrich the resource database, CODE-NGO also embarked on USAID’s Civil Society Sustainability Index (CSOSI) study which is the first in the Philippines and Asia. A panel of experts wasconvened to understand and measure the sustainability of the CSO sector in the country by evaluating the following inter-related dimensions of CSO sector’s sustainability: Legal Environment, Organizational Capacity, Financial Viability, Advocacy, Service Provision, Infrastructure and Public Image. Results of which will be launched in November 2015. The following projects have developed knowledge products for this fiscal year: Decentralized Governance (DG) Project – 11 stories on good practices and initiatives on CSO engagement and participatory governance; CML Project – Results of the Civil Society Satisfaction Report Card (CSRC) surveys consolidated and drafted, and 2 policy papers, 4 articles, 1 case study and 4 infographics; Strengthening Monitoring of Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) Projects in Selected GPH-UNICEF LGUs Project – the draft “BUB: A Guide for CSOs”.
Through the Advocacy Database that the 12 MNs accomplished, their respective involvements for each of CODE-NGO’s 8 priority advocacies were summarized. The network is also in the process of improving the updating of its Members Database through an online platform. This will be rolled out in the succeeding FY. CODE-NGO has also been supporting the website development of some of its members. CBD’s (http://www.cbdbicol.org/)and NCSD’s (http://ncsdphils.org/) websites are up and MINCODE has updated its website (http://mincode.org/).
With the Board’s approval, CODE-NGO now carries the tagline, “Networking. Empowering. Transforming”, integrated in the new logo and collaterals. To communicate its accomplishments to the public, CODE-NGO has continuously updated its website to feature member, project and program activities and events, posting 79 articles in the past year. It released six (6) issues of the e-Newsletter, which has more than 4,300 recipients. As of July 2015, the CODE-NGO Facebook page got 1,904 “likes”. CODE-NGO was also featured in global/Asian e-newsletters/Facebook: Civicus, SD2015, AsianNGO, and AGNA.
The Annual Report titled, “Building Resilient CSOs and Communities”, which highlighted the accomplishments of CODE-NGO for FY2013-14, was released in December 2014 and distributed to the Social Development Celebration (SDC) 2014 delegates, MNs and 135 partners from the government, academe, business, socio-civic (including iNGOs), and media sectors. This was also uploaded to the website and promoted through the e-newsletter and Facebook page.
In the coming years, CODE-NGO’s KDM Program will continue to improve its work on gathering and producing data and lessons from the work of the network and its partner organizations to contribute to building a body of knowledge on CSO development work in the Philippines, particularly on civil society’s contributions to and impact on national development.