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Knowledge Development and Management (KDM) Program

On its second year of implementation, the Knowledge Development and Management (KDM) Program has focused on promoting and conducting Communities of Practice (CoP) online forums among civil society organizations (CSOs), cataloguing of resource materials on development and distributing publications on CSO activities, updating the CODE-NGO members’ database, and continuing to communicate development efforts of CSOs in various advocacies through the CODE-NGO website, Facebook page, e-newsletters and Annual Report.

As of July 2014, 189 members have enlisted in the ‘CSOcommunity’ (http://code-ngo.org/csocommunity/), the online forum platform of the ‘Strengthening the Capacities of CSOs in the Philippines Project’ of AFI-USAID, which is being managed by CODE-NGO as one of the project’s consortium members. Across the year, five (5) CSOcommunity 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”.

Five (5) online forums were also done on Facebook with around 25 to 45 participants among the CODE-NGO Facebook friends and the Secretariat. Among the topics discussed were “Integrating Disaster Plans in the Local Government Unit (LGU) Budget”, “Open Data”, “Bangsamoro” and “Implementation of Bottom-up Budgeting/Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Projects".

The real-time online forums with resource persons were summarized and shared or re-posted through the CODE-NGO and CSOcommunity websites, e-Newsletter and Facebook page.

CODE-NGO is also doing an inventory of its and its partners’ publications.  Already encoded into its database are 94 of its own publications, 81 from its member networks and 759 resource materials from its partner organizations. The CODE-NGO publications are also being cataloged and digitized and will be uploaded in the website for everyone’s access. The CODE-NGO 2013 publications were distributed to the Social Development Celebration (SDC) 2013 delegates, member networks, and 148 partners from the government, academe, business, socio-civic (including iNGOs), and media sectors. These 4 publications were also uploaded to the website and promoted through the e-newsletter and Facebook page.

Through the Innovations and Multisectoral Partnerships to Achieve Control of Tuberculosis (IMPACT) Project with Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), around 3,500 CSOs involved in health initiatives (600 affiliated with CODE-NGO) were mapped (http://code-ngo.org/map/). A CODE-NGO database template was finalized, and updated directories were collected from the member networks and plotted against the database template. The fields will be completed by the members in the succeeding months and will be uploaded to the website.

To communicate its accomplishments to the public, CODE-NGO has continuously updated its website to feature member, project and program activities and events, posting 54 articles the past year. It released five (5) issues of the e-Newsletter in November and December 2013 and in March, May and July 2014 and blasted to at most 4,150 recipients. As of July 2014, the CODE-NGO Facebook page got 1,331 friends. The Annual Report compiling the accomplishments of CODE-NGO for FY2012-13 was released in November 2013.

In the coming years, CODE-NGO’s KDM Program will continue to develop its work of collecting and synthesizing information and lessons from its work and the work of its members and partner organizations to contribute to building a body of knowledge on CSO development work in the Philippines, particularly on civil society effectiveness and citizens’ participation in governance.   

 

 

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