La Conscience was one of the first NGOs to undergo the equivalency determination (ED) process with NGOsource in 2013 and was featured in our first ever impact story. The NGOsource team was recently lucky enough to get a chance to sit down with Kodjo Djissenou, La Conscience’s executive director and founder, and look back on La Conscience’s amazing work and growth over these five years.
In an era when newspapers are filled with headlines about crackdowns on civil society, UK Citizens Online Democracy is working aggressively to open up and strengthen these spaces. Since 2003, the organization has run mySociety, a project that builds democratic and civic websites and apps in order to empower people to change their communities.
Participants at the International AIDS Conference that took place in Durban, South Africa, July 2016. Thanks to their organizations and the massive participation of civil society organizations, policymakers, scientists, and governments, the conference was a great success. (Image: Tomas Chang Pico/ Hivos)
Twenty-six years ago, five women in Mexico identified reproductive rights as a public health and social justice problem that needed to be addressed through bioethical, social, and legal advocacy. So they decided to do something about it and founded the Information Group on Reproductive Choice (GIRE). Since then, GIRE has grown into a leading reproductive rights organization with a staff of 40 specialists in different disciplines, all committed to the defense of women's human rights.
Rithiksha's mother Divya noticed that her newborn child's Bempu bracelet, a low-cost infant temperature monitoring device, continued to beep through the night. Divya called the Bempu helpline and was advised to take Rithiksha to the hospital. There the baby made a full recovery after receiving complete care.
Hypothermia and infections serve as a major cause of infant mortality in India. Bempu's bracelet empowers mothers and other caretakers to prevent illness and death by better managing their newborns' temperatures.
Founded in 1983 by a group of Dutch feminist activists, Mama Cash is the oldest international women's fund. Thirty four years after its founding, Mama Cash has awarded more than US$58 million in grant funding to over 6,000 groups of women's, girls', and trans* people's rights activists in countries all over the world.
As part of TechSoup's global partner network, NGOsource's nine global partners assist NGOs in navigating the equivalency determination (ED) process. Support in local languages and time zones enables NGOs to better understand the specific requirements of the ED process and how NGOsource specifically works.
The Simone de Beauvoir Leadership Institute (ILSB) is a feminist Mexican NGO that has worked for the last 17 years to strengthen social leadership and citizen participation. Its focus is on bringing about justice, equity, and gender equality in society by helping feminist leaders influence national and regional policies. ILSB's policy agenda focuses on fulfilling women's human rights and demanding accountability for gender equality.
Semillas (Sociedad Mexicana Pro Derechos de la Mujer) is a Mexican women's fund with over 25 years of experience partnering with local women's groups. The organization believes that the leadership of grassroots women in local development processes is essential to achieving lasting social change.