International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC)
INTRAC is a not-for-profit organisation. Their mission is to strengthen the effectiveness of civil society to challenge poverty and inequality, empowering people to gain control over their own future.
For 25 years their expert consultants, trainers and researchers have been building the skills and knowledge of civil society organisations (CSOs) and influencing civil society policy and practice.
They are driven by common values and a passion about the role that citizens play to bring about social and economic change, to hold those with power to account, and to meet the needs of poor and marginalised groups.
They strive to achieve their strategic goals by using income generated through advisory services, training and grants. They are always interested to hear from new prospective partners who share their mission and values.
What They Offer
-Research into a range of issues directly affecting civil society organisations. They are proactive in identifying issues as they emerge, critically analysing them and bringing them to attention of CSOs; issues such as aid effectiveness, the role of civil society in development and the latest thinking on M&E.Participants at their 2008 international conference
-Training, through a long running and successful programme of open training in the UK and Central Asia, and tailor-made courses on demand for organisations across the globe.
-Consultancies. They have advised the majority of larger INGOs, as well as major developing and transitional country NGOs and other civil society groups on their organisational and strategic needs.
-Communicating practice through a range of accessible resources designed for practitioners – providing a platform for those directly involved in development to share their ideas. They also provide the editorial team for the internationally-renowned journal Development in Practice.
-Bringing all these aspects together in comprehensive programmes – either geographically or thematically based.
Thematic Areas of Work
INTRAC links development practice with analysis. They aim to work thematically – ensuring coordination between their research, training, consultancies and programmes. Their multi-disciplinary approach affords us unique Woman and child imageinsight into all aspects of capacity building work.
Currently they focus on:
-The architecture of aid, which encompasses changing aid policies, the relationships between key stakeholders, funding and other patterns as they relate to civil society.
-The 'Civil Society at a Crossroads?' joint initiative, and involvement in the Civil Society Support Programme Ethiopia - reflecting their ongoing interest in the functions of civil society and how to best support the strengthening of civil society.
-Monitoring and evaluation. INTRAC has around 12 staff and associates working on the design of M&E systems, reviews of M&E policies of major donors and NGOs, and carrying out evaluations as well as training in M&E. Theyhave organised seven international conferences and numerous regional workshops on M&E.
-Faith-based organisations and development. As advisers to a range of FBOs INTRAC is now reviewing the essence of what distinguishes being an FBO in the context of development.
-HIV/AIDS in the workplace. They facilitate a thriving network of researchers and NGO leaders engaged in exploring the challenges of coping with HIV/AIDS in the workplace.See more