World NGO Day by IPMA. The term “non-governmental organization” was created in Article 71 of the Charter of the newly formed United Nations in 1945. An NGO can be any kind of organization provided that it is independent from government influence and is not-for-profit.
Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) — also often referred to as Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Charitable organisations, membership organisations or the third sector — are non-profit, citizen-based groups that function independently of government.
In every country, there are numerous NGO entities, from larger organisations, professional associations and chambers of commerce to small local charities, grassroots organisations in every city or district representing a multitude of interests, sectors and activities.
The concept behind the World NGO Day is Celebrate, Commemorate and Collaborate – the various NGOs around the world, and the people behind them that contribute to society all year around. World NGO Day provides an opportunity to honour and remember NGO founders, employees, volunteers, members and supporters. There are vast numbers of individuals who have devoted themselves to the work of NGOs in many forms, from those who offer a few hours of their time to those who have sacrificed their lives for a cause they believe in.
IPMA is the world’s first project management association, founded in 1965. Our Member Associations cooperate to help project and programme managers achieve project and business success. Originally started as an international network to exchange project management experiences, the organisation developed into global organisation in the 1970s, organising courses and events. In 1996 the organisation was renamed as IPMA, International Project Management Association, and started it certification activities. Click here for more information about our history.
IPMA is driven by its members and volunteers. The IPMA boards, teams and Member Associations consist of enthusiastic, experienced project management practitioners. As a global organisation, we collaborate on an ongoing basis, organising regular Executive Board and bi-annual Council of Delegates (for Member Associations) meetings. This “collaborate globally, serve locally” approach to serving our community is unique to IPMA. This day is also a perfect occasion to thank You all for Your everyday effort in moving our profession forward!
IPMA is now a Federation consisting of a network of over 70 Member Associations (MAs). Some MAs are also named IPMA, some have their own name. Our MAs develop project management competences in their geographic areas of influence, interacting with and developing relationships with professionals, corporations, government agencies, universities and colleges, as well as training organisations and consulting companies. Aiding the development of the project management competences is a comprehensive portfolio of products and services. The vision of our organization is “Promoting competence throughout society to enable a world in which all projects succeed”.
IPMA has increased its activities from Europe to Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, and North and South America. The demand for our products and services and the number of our Member Associations is steadily growing. Through IPMA, project management practitioners from all cultures and all parts of the world can network, share ideas, and move our practice and our stakeholders forward through effective collaboration and cooperation. Is IPMA near to you?
Being an NPO itself – IPMA also helps other non-profit organisations all over the world in their social development and humanitarian aid projects with the IPMA Coaching for Development® (IPMA C4D) initiative. We provide project management knowledge and experience through project management coaching to NPOs. IPMA C4D supports projects focusing on one of the selected United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With IPMA C4D, we contribute to the UN’s mission on SDGs.
Research shows that only 36 % of the aid projects achieve their intended impact (despite the good will and enthusiasm of volunteers and project management teams). The main sources of difficulties in the projects are related to project management: planning, stakeholder management, managing change, procurement practices, project monitoring and evaluation.
The IPMA vision is to promote competence throughout society to enable a world in which all projects succeed. IPMA is over 50-year-old association with global reach. With C4D, IPMA has put in place a well-designed concept of professional coaches to make social projects successful. We take action and help organizations globally
“On World NGO Day, we celebrate the outstanding role civil society plays in ensuring that fundamental human rights are respected, that no one is left behind.” [February 27, 2018, Statement on the occasion of World NGO Day]
Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy