Benefits of joining the alliance
The following list presents just some of the main benefits we think the alliance will bring to members:
• Hub for CWPC expertise. The membership criteria will ensure that the alliance will bring together like-minded organisations with long-standing, wide ranging and deep experience across all categories of CWPC, including policy, advocacy and programmatic interventions. Members will bring strong rights-based and child-centred expertise that all members can benefit from.
• Increased scale and reach. The alliance is likely to enable greater reach to CWPC and to have a larger ‘footprint’ than each organisation on its own. Alliance members will be a key part of a wider movement of change representing strategic countries in all regions around the world.
• Reputation. With the mandate and support of other high profile independent NGOs, and being part of a wider international movement, members will be part of a quality based network viewed as credible, reliable and expert both in their own countries and internationally.
• Collective voice/influential strength. As part of an international alliance with geographically well-spread coverage, members will have greater ability to influence at all levels - in countries, regional bodies and at international forums. The support and endorsement of an alliance of high profile NGOs across the globe working on children without parental care will increase influence of national and international policy and practice. Members will collectively be better able to deliver a preferred theory of social change, reflecting common views and values around accountability, equity, participation, inclusion and partnership.
• Shared learning. Shared learning between NGOs on good practice, children without parental care programming and policy development can foster more effective programming and stronger, widely endorsed inter-agency policy statements. This will be actively promoted (and financially supported) by the alliance.
• Networking opportunities. Members will have the opportunity (and resources) to work closely with like-minded organisations, increasing opportunities to identify areas/issues for cross-collaboration.
• Technical support and accompaniment. Alliance members will benefit from the outputs of the work of a technical Secretariat that will be responsible for: (i) coordination and administrative support to Alliance initiatives; (ii) membership administration; and (iii) technical support in areas such as effective programming, policy, advocacy and research.
• Effective programmes. Programmes on children without parental care will have the potential to be strengthened through an effective programmes framework developed by EveryChild and enriched by members. Organisational planning, monitoring, evaluation, learning and impact assessment systems will benefit from ongoing technical support and accompaniment.
• Promoting and realising meaningful child participation. Alliance members will share a genuine commitment to (and receive technical support for) developing or strengthening child participation mechanisms so that children can play an active role in defining all aspects of members’ work, including at governance levels.
• Strengthening the capacity of global civil society and challenging traditional power relations. Members will own the alliance all the way through from its early development stages. Decision-making powers will be held by southern civil society organisations that will be one step closer to the men, women, boys and girls the alliance members will work with. Genuine southern-led initiatives will be pursued building on increasing capacities of those directly in contact with CWPC and other relevant stakeholders.
• Part of a unique network. While there are other international bodies working on CWPC, there are no other international alliances of this nature. Members will occupy a unique space for civil society to generate and be part of a global movement of change around children without parental care.
• Increased profile and funding opportunities. Members’ profiles will benefit from a truly global, active and highly reputed international alliance. As membership criteria -to be developed by the coalition - will ensure high quality membership, strong reputation combined with global presence/impact will facilitate access to sources of funding currently not available for national southern members.
• Solidarity. Members will have the opportunity to share challenges and identify solutions with like-minded colleagues. As agents for change, members will gain from the support and encouragement of their peers.
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