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Government is not expected to - and can’t – make all the decisions and deliver all the services that citizens need and want.  Central governments have been redefining their role in society, reducing direct intervention. Increasingly we depend on non government agencies (NGOs) in the business, social, health and environment sectors, and on community organisations and volunteers, working collaboratively with both local and central government.  NGOs have important roles in service delivery, advocacy and influence on policy, and must be both responsible and responsive to achieve the impact expected of them. The changing nature of the relationship between these groups, and the complex issues that they face, means that NGOs need to relate differently to each other, and to perform more effectively in the new environment. Many NGOs are currently struggling with limited funding and other resources and achieving limited success.  

We need to find better ways of working together. Collaboration and co-operation are nothing new, but are no longer sufficient. There is growing evidence that NGOs and volunteers are stepping up to the job.  Innovative models of NGO governance are increasingly taking hold as people grapple with issues by working across traditional boundaries. Collective impact initiatives offer a distinctly different model from previous social sector partnerships, networks, and joint programmes.

The programme included both local case studies across the social, economic and environment sectors, and experts on emerging governance models.



Presented by the Rotary Club of Wellington in partnership with Victoria University of Wellington.

The Rotary Forum 2014 is the first morning session of
WHY ROTARY – 9940 District Conference in Association with Rotary Institute 7b and 8.
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