Non Governmental Affairs
OFFICE FOR COOPERATION WITH CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS
Today we find ourselves in an environment where every private and governmental actor acknowledges the importance of "making as much, if not more, with less". French and American International Solidarity Organizations (ISOs: NGOs with a focus on humanitarian action and development) face the challenge of finding new sources of funding.
Similar to InterAction in the United States, Coordination Sud and the Portal for National NGO Platforms in France take part in international debates on such topics as: aid effectiveness, the search for innovative funding, the place of philanthropy, the recognition of the private sector as a new mechanism of development, and recent trends linked to social entrepreneurship, to the up and coming "bottom of the pyramid" (BOP) market, and to private equity.
At the same time, the traditional bilateral and multilateral actors of development aid engage in dialogue with ISOs and recognize their capacity to execute on-the-ground work.
Primary undertakings of the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society Organizations
The Office’s aim is to foster an overseas network of transatlantic civil society organizations (CSOs). The Office facilitates partnerships amongst ISOs and amongst CSOs, fosters collaboration between the philanthropy sectors of the two countries, and works to increase the visibility of French development institutions in the U.S.
The Office co-organizes topical conferences (French and American Partnerships among NGOs, Violence Targeting Women) and co-finances micro-projects selected by a French-American committee.
The Office for Cooperation with Civil Society Organizations takes part in various liaison committees with the civil society sector organized by the U.S. Department of State (as well as other American governmental agencies) or multilateral institutions such as the UN and World Bank.
The Office for Cooperation with Civil Society Organizations shares information by publishing thematic reports (previous topics include American environmental foundations and American foundations financing French ISOs) in addition to a newsletter that keeps readers informed about major events pertaining to global philanthropy, actions of American international NGOs and news from institutions like the World Bank.
In addition, the Office serves the General Department for Globalization (a division of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs) through the disbursement of information on current U.S. issues. In particular, The Office provides information on subjects related to development and the preparation of large international conferences such as the World Water Forum and RIO +20. The Office for Cooperation with Civil Society Organizations also keeps abreast of any changes in upcoming deadlines (Beyond 2015, Post-Busan discussions, etc).