Partnership and cooperation

Published: Jun 8, 2017 Reading time: 9 minutes
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In our work we work with numerous other non-profit organizations and platforms so that we can provide our assistance even more quickly and efficiently.

People in need is currently a member:

Alliance2015 is a strategic partnership of seven European non-governmental organisations engaged in humanitarian and development activities. We are ACTED, Cesvi, Concern Worldwide, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, Hivos, People in Need and Welthungerhilfe. The Spanish organization Ayuda en Acción has also joined Alliance2015 as associate member in September 2018. Our global work is based on European values of human rights, solidarity and tolerance. PIN has been a member of Alliance2015 since 2004.

Founded in 2000 to strengthen our members’ contribution to the Millennium Development Goals, we work towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We seek to increase our impact on poverty reduction and aid effectiveness, to contribute to communities’ resilience and effective emergency preparedness and response, and to influence development and humanitarian policies in Europe towards this.

Our membership is active in 89 countries, programming €981 million in 2017 alone. We work together to deliver better results, value for money, and increased transparency and accountability. At present we count 39 joint programming initiatives covering 20 countries. This collaboration gives us access to better infrastructure, knowledge sharing, and a greater reach than each would have individually.

Since early 2017, the work of Alliance2015 is supported by an office in Brussels.

FoRS - Czech Forum for Development Cooperation is a platform of Czech non-governmental organizations and other non-profit entities involved in development cooperation, development education and humanitarian assistance. FORS organizations share a common interest in promoting the greater efficiency of Czech and international development cooperation and in enhancing its positive impact on people living in developing and transition countries. The main task of FORS is to represent the common interests of its members and to strengthen cooperation and relationships between state institutions in the Czech Republic and the EU and non-governmental organizations in the field of development cooperation. People in Need actively works with FORS at the level of several working groups.

CONCORD is the European NGO confederation for relief and development. Its members are national platforms (27) and international networks (18), which together with two associate members represent more than 1,800 non-profit organizations from Europe. CONCORD is seated in Brussels and operates as a representative of the non-profit sector in negotiations with EU institutions. As regards the Czech Republic, its CONCORD member is the Czech Forum for Development Cooperation (FORS) and People in Need only sends its representatives to working group meetings.

VOICE is a network of 82 European non-governmental organizations providing humanitarian assistance anywhere in the world. Unlike its members, VOICE does not have its own operations; its mission is to engage its members in advocacy campaigns, to harmonize the positions of its members in matters of humanitarian policy and to facilitate the exchange of information. VOICE, similarly to CONCORD, acts as the main intermediary in discussions between the non-profit sector and the EU on issues of humanitarian assistance and disaster risk reduction and supports the values of its members.

The CHS Alliance is a global alliance of humanitarian and development organisations committed to making aid work better for people. The Alliance was formed in 2015 by bringing together the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) International, which focused on accountability to affected people, and People in Aid, which focused on people management in the humanitarian aid and development sectors. CHS has headquarters in Geneva and maintain a presence in London. The Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) serves as an important reference point for the work of CHS Alliance. Other organisations that provide important CHS-related products and services include Sphere, Groupe URD and the Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative (HQAI). PIN has been member since 2017, currently under the process of self-certification on CSH standards.

Start Network is made up of more than 40 aid agencies across five continents, ranging from large international organisations to national NGOs. Together, our aim is to transform humanitarian action through innovation, fast funding, early action, and localisation. Start Network is tackling what they believe are the biggest systemic problems that the sector faces - problems including slow and reactive funding, centralised decision-making, and an aversion to change, means that people affected by crises around the world, do not receive the best help fast enough, and needless suffering results. PIN has become a Start network member in 2020.

GISF is an independent NGO peer support network established in 2006 to provide a platform for global security focal points to share experiences, knowledge and learning. Since then, our membership has expanded to include development and human rights organisations as well as traditional humanitarian members. Over the past 14 years, GISF has created a centre of excellence that gathers and disseminates good practice in security risk management to improve policy and practice. We collaborate with a range of experts within and beyond the sector to ensure a coordinated approach and maximise gain for the whole sector. PIN is a member of GISF Steering Group.

Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development. Bond was founded in 1993 with 61 members. Today has over 40 working groups with 3,000 members, each focusing on key thematic areas in the development and humanitarian sector to drive global change in three ways: connecting people in the sector so that they can share expertise and develop their skills through our events, training and communities of practice, influencing governments and policy-makers at national and international levels through our collective advocacy with civil society and strengthening organisations to be more impactful and sustainable through our expertise, training, resources and support services. PIN UK is a member of BOND.


The Food Security Cluster (FSC) is about enhancing cooperation and partnerships. The FSC works directly with its partners and stakeholders that include NGOs, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, UN organizations, Governments and Donors. The FSC has been established in 2011 to coordinate the food security response during a humanitarian crisis, addressing issues of food availability, access and utilisation. The Cluster is based at WFP headquarters in Rome and is co-led by FAO and WFP. The Global Support Team includes FAO, WFP and INGO staff.

The Global Shelter Cluster (GSC) is an Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) coordination mechanism that supports people affected by natural disasters and internally displaced people affected by conflict with the means to live in safe, dignified and appropriate shelter. The GSC enables better coordination among all shelter actors, including local and national governments, so that people who need shelter assistance get help faster and receive the right kind of support. The GSC is a public platform co-chaired by IFRC and UNHCR at the global level, it has 45 partners who participate on a regular basis. IFRC is convener of the Shelter Cluster in natural disasters while UNHCR leads the Shelter Cluster in conflict situations.

The Global Logistics Cluster provides coordination and information management to support operational decision-making and improve the predictability, timeliness and efficiency of the humanitarian emergency response. Where necessary, the Logistics Cluster also facilitates access to common logistics services. Due to its expertise in the field of humanitarian logistics, the World Food Programme was chosen by the IASC as the lead agency for the Logistics Cluster . WFP also acts as a ‘provider of last resort’ offering common logistics services, when critical gaps hamper the humanitarian response. PIN has become a member in 2020.

The Global Education Cluster works towards a predictable, equitable and well-coordinated response addressing education concerns of crisis affected populations by reinforcing capacities of cluster staff and partners, providing timely remote and direct field support, strengthening robust assessment, analysis and advocacy. The Global Education Cluster Partners Forum is a platform for national and international NGOs, United Nations agencies and other organizations supporting education in emergencies to share information, priorities and advocate for enhanced coordination.

Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action has been developed by over 70 stakeholders from States, UN agencies, the international civil society community and global, regional and national organisations of persons with disabilities. By endorsing the Charter, organisations will commit to render humanitarian action inclusive of persons with disabilities, by lifting barriers persons with disabilities are facing in accessing relief, protection and recovery support and ensuring their participation in the development, planning and implementation humanitarian programmes.

International Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is a network of EiE practitioners working for national and international NGOs and UN agencies, ministries of education, donors, students, teachers, and researchers who voluntarily join in the work related to education in emergencies. In order to achieve a minimum level of educational access and quality in emergencies, as well as to ensure the accountability of the workers who provide these services, INEE facilitated a highly consultative process to develop the INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery. In addition, INEE has developed numerous other tools and guidance documents available in the INEE Toolkit.

The UN Global Compact is a principle-based framework for businesses, stating ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. Under the Global Compact, companies are brought together with UN agencies, labour groups and civil society. The UN Global Compact is the world's largest corporate social responsibility initiative with 13000 corporate participants and other stakeholders in over 170 countries with two objectives: mainstream the ten principles in business activities around the world and catalyse actions in support of broader UN goals such as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The European Partnership for Democracy is a not-for-profit organisation with a global remit to support democracy, that brings together a network of 15 organisations specialising in the different parts of a democratic system. The mission is to contribute to, and reinforce the impact of European endeavours in democracy assistance across the world.

The Global Partnership for Social Accountability GPSA´s are organizations from civil society, the donor community, private sector and academia that have expressed their endorsement for the objectives and strategy of the GPSA. Global Partners collaborate with the GPSA on knowledge-exchange research and technical assistance. The GPSA benefits from partnering with these organizations in many different ways, depending on the nature of the organizations. While some partners share lessons from their practical experience, others provide academic knowledge, funding and networking. All these contributions help to advance the objectives of the program. The Global Partners group now includes more than 300 organizations.

Autor: PIN

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