Our basic assumptions and ideas

We cannot truly say we work for local NGOs if we do not open ourselves up to criticism and collaboration from those we seek to serve. It is like designing a project without speaking to your beneficiaries and communities. So here is an overview of where we stand:

 

    1. People don’t support local NGOs because they can’t find them or don’t know if they can trust them
      • current solution idea – a confidence profile index that focuses on a  “good” NGO’s strengths (e.g. community engagement, participation) and a web platform that brings them together

       

    2. Local NGOs are assessed and “rated” in a top-down audit process that focuses on their processes and structures.  This overlooks the more difficult aspects which make them better positioned to achieve real impact on the ground
      • current solution idea – focus the profiling process on building confidence by making it participative and requiring that time be spent directly with your organisations, your staff, your partners, and more importantly your communities and stakeholders on the ground. Your input rather than an external individual’s judgement informs the process.

       

    3. Local NGOs struggle reach a wider audience to access unrestricted funding and pro-bono skills
      • current solution idea – a web platform where NGOs share their confidence profile score, share updates on their progress and advertise for skilled volunteers

       

    4. Local NGOs would like to know what other NGOs are doing / achieving in other countries, and share ideas
      • current solution idea – a forum space restricted to only local NGOs where they can reach out to each other either with questions or sharing successful implementations / ideas that may be useful to others

       

    5. Local NGOs spend a lot of time applying for grants and being assessed by Foundations and Grant-Making institutions
      • current solution idea – FieldWorks is working to propose a project to international grant-making foundations to develop a unified assessment process where all parties use the same tool and data is stored in a shared database. Over time it means that foundations don’t have to do the same assessment process all over again and can dedicate more time on understanding your work and objectives – and eventually how they can best support you. For you it means reducing the stress and distractions associated with going through multiple intensive due-diligence processes each year – without necessarily having the outcome you had hoped.

       

    6. Businesses and foundations find it difficult to find a good local partner
      • current solution idea – FieldWorks offers a consulting service. Using our profiling tool, the database and our relationship with you to match-make and broker a partnership that works primarily in your interests

     

    We’d value your input so please email us at hello@fieldworks.info if you have any comments or would like to chat.