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Decoding Conversations on CSO Good Governance

“Decoding Conversations” was an offshoot of the Strengthening the Capacity of Philippines CSOs Project, implemented by a consortium of civil society organizations (CSOs) to which the Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO) was a part of. The 3-year project led by Ayala Foundation and funded by USAID aimed to build the capacities of 120 CSOs for them to be more sustainable and accountable. Specifically, it covered organizational development (OD) interventions on Governance and Leadership Development, Planning and Strategic Management, Resource Mobilization and Development, Program Design, Implementation and Management, Monitoring and Evaluation (PDIMME), Financial Management and Administrative and Personnel Management.

Various modes of learning were utilized for capacity building: formal training, mentoring, peer-to-peer learning (through communities of practice via social media), internships and provision of templates. As the project’s technical partner for building a Community of Practice (CoP) among participating CSOs, CODE-NGO launched the ‘CSOCommunity’ site, an online community and discussion forum on organizational development issues confronting Philippine non-profits. The site was meant to allow exchanges on good practices, tips and techniques on OD matters for the participating CSOs of the project. In 2014, community discussions were conducted, involving an average of 25 participants from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao coming together online to exchange on lessons and experiences on development issues important to CSOs. Among the topics covered in the online discussions were
“Practicing Good Governance through NGO Certification” and “Proposal Development: Challenges and Recommendations for Civil Society Organizations”. Wanting to reach more participants to the forum, the online discussion was shifted to the Facebook page of CODE-NGO (https://www.facebook.com/caucusofdevelopmentngonetworks). Resource persons were invited to share their expertise on the topics and the discussions were summarized and shared through the CODE-NGO website, e-Newsletter and Facebook page.

In 2016, CODE-NGO’s Knowledge Development and Management (KDM) Program continued to facilitate more meaningful learning exchanges through a forum on “CSO Good Governance”. This was through an email group and was co-organized with the Membership Program.

To make better use of the syntheses of these online and face-to-face discussions, this compilation was pursued and in such a way that the reader can easily understand the development concepts and principles delved on in each topic by transforming the text to information graphics or infographics. To be abreast with the current communication trends and changing landscape of capturing an audience, it is good to explore and adopt more creative and innovative methods to process and share knowledge. May the 10 infographics presented here be able to help CSOs in one way or another as they strive to be more effective stewards of social development in the Philippines.

 

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