Cambodian Center for Human Rights

CCHRCambodian Center for Human Rights is a leading non-aligned, independent, non-governmental organization that works to promote and protect democracy and respect for human rights – primarily civil and political rights - in Cambodia. We empower civil society to claim its rights and drive change; and through detailed research and analysis we develop innovative policy, and advocate for its implementation.

CCHR has worked on some of most pressing human rights concerns currently affecting Cambodia, such as land rights and human rights defenders. CCHR currently runs six main projects: Protecting Fundamental Freedoms Project, Business and Human Rights Project, Human Rights Portal – Sithi Project, Land Reform Project, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Project, and Judicial Reform Project.

Gender Links (GL)

GL newlogo 1Formed in March 2001, Gender Links (GL) is a Southern African NGO headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa that promotes gender equality and justice across the fifteen countries of the region. GL has registered offices in 10 SADC countries including the Lusophone and Francophone areas.

Gender Links works with partners at local, national, regional and international level to:

  • Produce evidence based research on gender gaps and progress in the SADC region used as advocacy tools produced annually in the barometer.
  • Promote gender equality in and through the media and in all areas of governance through action planning and capacity building.
  • Build the capacity of civil society to engage critically in democratic processes that advance equality and justice so as to foster a robust gender movement through coalition building.
  • Promote learning and knowledge generation through sharing of best practices in gender mainstreaming.
  • Advocate for a strong post 2015 gender agenda with an accompanying implementation framework.

Gender Links has 57 staff members and 10 board members. GL works with 417 local government councils and 107 media houses. Through coalition building, GL is a coordinating NGO for the SADC Gender Protocol Alliance; a network of 15 national networks and nine regional networks advocating for gender equality in the region.

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Twitter: @Genderlinks

Polish National NGO Federation (OFOP)

ofop logoOFOP (Polish National NGO Federation) was established in 2003 as a representation body for the third sector in Poland. We act on behalf and through our members for strengthening civil society in Poland. Currently OFOP has 146 member organizations, many of them federations themselves, active in fields of disabilities, health, employment, youth and environmental protection amongst other.

Our activities include:
1. Promoting standards of high quality and effectiveness among NGOs;
2. Fostering exchange of experiences and resources among NGOs;
2. Working towards legislative changes important for the NGOs;
3. Monitoring relations between the civil sector and public administration, with a focus on constitutional rule of subsidiarity;

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Cooperation Canada

Cooperation Canada logo for light backgroundEstablished in 1968, Cooperation Canada is Canada’s only national umbrella organisation for Canadian civil society organizations involved in international development. Cooperation Canada’s members represent a broad range of humanitarian and development organisations, including faith-based and secular groups, labour unions and cooperatives and professional associations. Cooperation Canada seeks to end global poverty, and to promote social justice and human dignity for all.

Cooperation Canada is a key public voice and go-to source for analysis and information on development policy, on behalf of the sector. The Council is actively involved in the national and global policy arenas, while its regional working groups shed light on policies affecting Africa, Asia and the Americas. Recent contributions include a submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) on its Draft Civil Society Partnership Policy, which resulted in the adoption of an “International Development and Humanitarian Assistance Civil Society Partnership Policy”.

Cooperation Canada brings together and advocates for Canada’s international development and humanitarian organizations by convening sector leaders, influencing policy and building capacity. Together, we work with partners both inside and outside Canada to build a world that’s fair, safe and sustainable for all.

Yes Theatre

logooooooooooooYes Theatre for Communication among Youth (YT) is a Palestinian non-governmental organization that was established in 2008. Yes Theatre believes that theatre and drama can positively influence the children and youth to create a change in their society. Therefore, it works to inspire Palestinian children and youth in general and those in Hebron in particular to try out and to develop creative and constructive reactions to the challenges in their daily lives.

Yes Theatre works in the field of youth theatre and drama education in the Palestinian Territory. The founding members of YT have 16 years of experience of implementing drama and theatre projects and programs with youth inside and outside schools, in cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Education, UNRWA and with other original bodies in Hebron. At that time, YT was, and is still, the only organization working exclusively for children and young people using theatre and drama as tools of expression, relief, social change and development.  YT also helps to optimize the existing potential of education workers to create jobs in the field of drama and drama-education. 

The philosophy is that drama and theatre work are strong cultural tools for the development of the basic conditions for a peaceful environment in Palestine and for the respect of human rights. It annually reaches as audience of 18,000 school students and hundreds of public audience. The core programs of YT are Play4Kids, Kids4Kids, Yes4Youth, Yes4Future, Puppetry and Storyteller.

Yes Theatre works to: motivate, develop and promote local potentials in an innovative and creative way through artistic performances, drama workshops, capacity building and cultural exchange activities, projects and programs.

Inspiring Palestine.


WAVE Foundation

WAVE FoundationWAVE Foundation is a civil society organization established in 1990 in Darsana town under Chuadanga district, situated in the south-western part of Bangladesh. WAVE’s main thrust is securing rights of the poor and marginalized, good governance and sustainable livelihood development through promoting people’s participation, accountability, capacity development and access to resources. Along with its extensive interventions at field level,  networking at various levels and policy advocacy are important areas of WAVE’s program implementation approach. VISION
A conducive condition of good governance and sustainable livelihood towards a poverty free and just society.

WAVE Foundation aims to uphold human dignity, equity and accountability through people’s active participation, capacity enhancement and access to resources.

People’s empowerment by promoting rights of the poor & marginalized, food security, responsiveness of public services, democratic decentralization & local self-government, local governance & local justice, free & fair election, participatory democracy, women-youth-child rights, climate justice, agriculture & livestock development, economic development and employment generation.

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The Indian Dreams Foundation (IDF)

indian dreams The Indian Dreams Foundation (IDF) is a non-profit organisation founded in the year 2005 with a mission to develop, build and strengthen individual, family, institutional and community initiatives for overall development through meaningful partnership. IDF works primarily in the field of education and empowerment and its operations stem from the vision of creating a healthy and educated society.
IDF’s major Programs:-

  1. Non Formal Education Program: The non formal education centre targets children who are first time learners, school drop outs, out of school children and girls from deprived communities. Apart from knowledge, children gain confidence and life skills that are immediately relevant to their overall development.
  2. Education Sponsoring and Mentoring Program (Honhar Ladki): The target beneficiaries are adolescent girls belonging to disadvantaged communities, who had to drop out of schools because of economic problems. Through this program, IDF provides financial and motivational support to the girls.
  3. School Reforms Program: The vision is to provide quality education to children from rural and urban government schools by ‘adopting’ these schools and developing them to par with the best schools in terms of infrastructure, academic performance and healthy environment as per the MDGs goals.

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Better Life NGO (Parakou/Benin)


“Better Life NGO!!! We seek a Benin of social justice where poverty has been overcome and children, women and all social groups live with security in a sustainable environment”.


Better Life NGO is a Non-Governmental Organization created and working in northern Benin aiming at participating in the realisation of sufficient conditions so that humans regardless of their socio-political and denominational affiliation can improve their well-being.

To achieve this main goal, Better Life NGO specifically is invested in:

  • helping strengthen health systems in order to promote a full health cares’ coverage for disadvantaged and excluded people;
  • participating in the reduction of hunger and poverty by promoting activities in agriculture, animal production, ICT, etc.
  • working to strengthen the education system through the establishment of schools, which will help enhance our country's education structures;
  • contributing to environmental protection and adaptation to climate change.
  • defending human rights with a particular focus on child protection, womean empowerment and gender promotion.

Better Life NGO/Parakou
Registered N°: 2012/004/PDBA/SG/SAG/DASCCS, 24/01/2012
Official Journal of Benin Republic: N°8-p.283, 15/04/2012
Address: 03 BP 303 Parakou, Benin Rep.
Email :   
Phones: +229 65456660, +229 95768724
Temporary website & Facebook:

1. President: M. Georges Djohy
2. General Secretary: M. Ozias Kpadé Laurentin Hounkpatin
3. General Treasurer: Mrs. Tanson Nicole Sarah

Ziad Abdel Samad of ANND Speaks with CIVICUS about the Building Bridges Project in North Africa

Ziad Abdel SamadZiad Abdel Samad is the Executive Director of the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), based in Beirut, since 1999. The ANND brings together 30 NGOs and nine national networks from 11 Arab countries active in the protection of social and economic rights. Mr. Samad is a member of several institutions and organisations including the coordination committee of the Civil Campaign for Electoral Reforms (CCER), the board of the Euro- Mediterranean NGO Platform, the UNDP CSO Advisory Committee to the Administrator, the advisory board of the Economic and Social Commission of West Asia (ESCWA), the advisory council of the International Centre for Non-Profit Law (ICNL), the global facilitation team of the Better Aid network, the Coordination Team of the Open Forum on CSO effectiveness, the Asia Advisory group of the Reality of Aid, the International Council of the World Social Forum and the Lebanese Negotiating Committee for the accession in the WTO. In addition, he is also the Co-Founder of the National Euromed Platform and General Manager of the Centre for Developmental Studies (MADA), a Lebanese Centre for social and economic studies and research.

What is the interest and role of the ANND in the Building Bridges project?
The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) is a regional network that aims at enhancing the advocacy role of civil society; ANND promotes the values of democracy and respect of human rights in the region. It is thus interested in coordinating with Civil Society Organisations (CSO) adopting the same values and working to promote social justice and human rights including workers, young people, women, and challenged people. In order to achieve this aim, ANND believes that the collective capacity of civil society should be strengthened, thus there is a need to enhance civil society networking at the national and regional levels. The voices from each country in the political decision-making process must be heard and taken into consideration. Moreover, the internal governance of CSOs in the region ought to be improved. ANND encourages and works on enhancing CSO participation and civic engagement in public policy-making in the emerging democracies, as well as on safeguarding the solid foundations of pluralistic democracies in the countries of the region.

Chiara Butti of NCVO Speaks with CIVICUS about the Building Bridges Project in North Africa

Chiara ButtiChiara Butti joined the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) in November 2012 and currently coordinates the Building Bridges project in North Africa. After graduating from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies with a Master's degree in 2009 she moved to Beirut, Lebanon where she lived until October 2012. She has considerable experience working on development projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region, including studying the political society of the Middle East, gender, sustainable development and good governance of the region.

What does the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) hope to achieve through the Building Bridges project?

The Building Bridges project is a great opportunity for NCVO to share best practice and knowledge on civil society and its structure, its relations with government and the best ways to participate in the decision making process. We believe, thanks to our decades long experience in representing civil society and its voice in the UK, that we can bring our expertise to a region where civil society has been repressed by harsh dictatorship.

In line with our main visions and mission we hope to promote the emergence of strong civil society coalitions in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. We believe in the importance of civil society to get together at time of challenges and change.



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