Unifying NGOs, a lesson-learned from Australia
by Randi Miranda and Linda Savitri | Thursday, December 7, 2017 | The Jakarta Post Online
Non-government organizations are critical actors in catalyzing Indonesian development, filling the gap the state cannot fully cover.
The latest Australian Conference on International Development conference highlighted the crucial role of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) as a unifying force in ensuring accountability, efficacy and transparency of Australian NGOs work, especially in the Asia Pacific.
Furthermore, it invoked questions of whether a similar body could be replicated in Indonesia.
Certainly, the argument for having a peak body to foster coalition among NGOs in order to achieve shared goals and identify linkages between complex socio-ecological issues; to leverage collective power for policy advocacy; and provide a shared code of conduct to increase NGOs’ accountability is compelling.