INTRAC will launch our strategic framework for 2024-2028 during a special online event on 26 June. Registrations for the session are now open.

Event details

We will begin the event at 1pm BST (GMT +1). Our session chair will be INTRAC trustee Ashley Green-Thompson, who is Director of ACT Ubanbano and based in South Africa. Ashley will oversee a discussion with our Chief Executive Dr Kate Newman, and a group of special guests. We will share joining instructions via Eventbrite, where registration is now available.

Introducing the speakers

  • Kate Newman (Chief Executive, INTRAC)
  • Aleema Shivji (Chief Impact Officer, Oxfam GB)
  • Everjoice Win (leader, activist, writer)
  • Clara Bosco (Senior Advisor on Civil Society Resourcing, CIVICUS)

About the discussion

The discussion on 26 June will focus on the ecosystem of support for civil society. Civil society organisations (CSOs) remain vital to social change, and to the building of inclusive, diverse, and equitable societies. To meet this need, CSOs will need robust support – not least because of the profound challenges they face.

In 2023, CIVICUS noted that civic space is increasingly restricted with civil society in many countries under “severe attack”. A rise in violent conflict, reflected in a deterioration in the World Peace Index, also affects CSOs. Sudan, for example, has eight million people internally displaced. CSOs must also grapple with growing climate vulnerability; 2023 was the hottest year on record.

On 26 June, our speakers will discuss what the ecosystem of support for civil society should look like. They will address this vital question in the context of the unprecedented challenges facing CSOs. The event will also cover the roles for different actors within this ecosystem, including INTRAC.

About our strategic framework

Titled “Locally Rooted, Globally Connected“, our new strategic framework is the result of an in-depth participatory process. It reflects discussions with INTRAC staff, network members, and partners and sets out a vision of our own change process. The framework describes how INTRAC will shift its way of working to better contribute to the ecosystem of support for civil society.

A major component of our shift is becoming increasingly network-led. As Paul Knipe, our Director of Consultancy and Network, wrote earlier this year:

This means building a network practicing ethical and values-driven consultancy – one that is rooted locally and connected globally – working in different ways to strengthen the resilience, impact and legitimacy of CSOs and the broader ecosystem of civil society support. We believe that networks can effectively and equitably distribute leadership and practice and can bring about social change. Through our network we intend to contribute to development that is locally determined, led, and owned.   

We are looking forward to sharing our strategic framework in full shortly, and to discussing the ecosystem of support for civil society with you on 26 June.