Paris – February 24th, 2017 – Following the creation of its legally autonomous entity, the International Forum of National NGO Platforms has been officially established in Paris since January 1st, 2017. Founded in 2008, its mission is to support its members, national NGO platforms, and regional coalitions, for the purpose of influencing local and global government policies to promote a more just and sustainable world.
The IFP and the European Commission: an ambitious political and strategic partnership
This legal structuring happened in response to a decision made by the IFP General Assembly in 2015. The IFP enjoys the support of the French Development Agency and the European Commission (EC) in this new phase. The political and financial partnership with the European Commission, valued at 5 million Euros and signed in September 2016, aims to:
- Strengthen the institutional, organisational, and operational capacities of the IFP;
- Position the IFP as an influential international player and a reference for the education and development of capacities of NGOs at the national and global level;
- Strengthen advocacy at national, regional, and international levels, including the monitoring and implementation of the objectives of the 2030 Agenda.
A multicultural, international team, built in the image of its members
To achieve these objectives, the IFP relies on a multicultural, international executive team of 5 people based in different countries. As a decisive body, the IFP Council is made up of 15 members, including Miguel Santibañez, President of the IFP and Director of the Chilean platform ACCION. His role is to ensure the implementation of decisions and strategic and political orientations voted upon in the GA, ensure the coordination of activities and the proper functioning of the executive team, and report on its activities and management.
THE network that gives a voice to South and North NGOs
The IFP is the only permanent network (as opposed to fixed-term alliances) in which countries in both the North and the South have unbiased representation and equal influence in the governance of the organization. Its objective is to strengthen its position as a representative and legitimate spokesperson of the NGOs by supporting their development and promoting their political positions.
The IFP’s efforts complement other networks and facilitate a dialogue between its members and other key players in the development process, thus promoting cooperation and the creation of relevant civil society coalitions.
“Our ambition is to become an essential and legitimate agent for the interests of the NGOs and Civil Society actors, in the broadest sense”, concludes Miguel Santibañez.