Acevo's modernisation message for development organisations

The approach taken by charities and NGOs to development work is increasingly outdated, voluntary sector leaders will hear at Acevo's third international conference, which takes place in London next week.

Network Power: Using Transnational Networks for Innovative Leadership and Good Governance will give third sector leaders from across the world a chance to learn and discuss ways to strengthen the leadership and accountability of charities and social enterprises.

Delegates from Africa and countries such as China, Russia, Japan, Afghanistan, the US and Canada will hear that development is no longer only about providing relief, but also about diplomacy and promoting sustainable development and cross-border cooperation.

“The traditional model of charities and development NGOs is increasingly outdated,” said Filippo Addarii, head of the international programme at Acevo. “In the 21st century the growth of emerging countries, such as China and Russia, is dramatically shifting the way in which countries interact.

“In this emerging multi-polar world, we aim to bring everyone together, turning suspicion into mutual understanding and creating a platform for cross-border cooperation. We also aim to draft a common agenda to tackle global issues.”

Addarii added that international dialogue between third sector leaders was “essential for us to understand the future of global civil society”.

Separately, one of Nigeria’s leading anti-corruption campaigners has begun a three-month fellowship at Acevo to study how the not-for-profit sector operates in the UK. Ime Asanga, executive secretary of the Nigerian Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, will have his fellowship funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan.

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