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IFP’s Council meeting in Cambodia: a step forward to reinforce our global network

End of October, all the organizations members of the IFP Council gathered in Cambodia, in Phnom Penh, for its annual face to face meeting and side-events with members and partners. During these few days, we had lively debates, inspiring workshops and talks to enhance the engagement and commitment of our members.

We had fruitful and constructive discussions, on the IFP’s achievements, its functioning and strengthening as well as its strategies on advocacy and capacity development for members.

Two additional workshops were organized. The first one was organized in partnership with our regional member, the Asian Development Alliance (ADA) and allowed the 15 Council members and around 15 CSO national NGO platforms representatives from different countries from East Asia to share experiences and best practices or lessons learned around civil society’s work and participation on Agenda 2030.

Another workshop was organized in collaboration with the IFP’s Cambodian member, Cooperation Committee for Cambodia, CCC, on the fight for enabling environment for civil society and the support that we can all bring to Cambodian CSOs and people, currently facing a very restrictive political regime (more info in our last press release).

Many decisions have been taken regarding our global strategic objectives:

Strategic objective 1 > On the strengthening of the IFP’s institutional, organizational and operational capacities: work on a new brand (name, logo & strapline); the validation of the electoral process to renew 1/3 of the Council in 2018 and the decision to organize the next General Assembly mid-2018 in Latin America.

Strategic objective 2 > To become an influential international actor and point of reference for capacity development and learning for NGOs from national to global levels: amendments approved to the IFP’s strategy on capacity development for the IFP to be profiled as a global capacity development organization for and with its members, while remaining a learning institution; the acknowledgment on national partnerships scheme with a participatory process ; the pursuit of the strong collaboration and ambition to have more synergies between and with all regional coalitions; the acknowledgment of the very promising start of the Leadership Development Program.

Strategic Objective 3 > To increase the impact and realize the full potential of the IFP to advocate at national, regional and global levels: the approval of the IFP’s action plan on Agenda 2030 with internal (focused on members & peer learning) & external (IFP’s members and IFP ‘s public advocacy) objectives; the decision to continue the IFP’s engagement within the Civil Society Mechanism of the Food Security Committee of the FAO.

The numerous collaborations and joint activities that have been developed this year, both at national and regional levels, enhanced the cohesion & legitimacy of our network.

Moreover, the ongoing projects and ideas that came through these few days strongly encourage us to pursue our actions & campaigns to better join forces to reach our common objectives for a fair and sustainable world for all.

Miguel Santibañez, IFP Chair & Magda Toma, IFP Director