Partners Global Brussels Office
Partners Global is an association of 18 independent, local Centers worldwide that work to advance civil society, good governance and a culture of conflict and change management. From its incorporation in 2006, Partners Global has recognized the importance of mutually beneficial, cooperative peer networks as a tool to improve democracy and human rights, inclusive development and citizen-government relations across the globe. The European office is located in Brussels to enhance communication and expand contacts with European Union (EU) institutions, global organizations and the NGO community worldwide.
The Hub's five core functions include.
- Network Communication
The Secretariat facilitates communication within the network of affiliate Centers, and conducts outreach with donors and potential donors, Partners Global members and other partner organizations, prospective partners and governments, as well as the general public.
- Regional Cooperation
The Hubs organizes bi-annual Directors’ Meetings at which member Centers provide updates on their activities, identify joint challenges and opportunities, and brainstorm regional initiatives.
- Research and Policy Analysis
The Partners Global hub conducts policy research on peacebuilding and international development cooperation, as well as civil society participation in governance processes under the European Commission-funded Initiative for Peacebuilding (IFP). The Secretariat also regularly provides input on policy and position papers as part of EU-wide civil society networks. The Partners Global European Hub is a member of the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN) of mainly Brussels-based NGOs. This association ensures Partners Global representation in the Civil Society Contact Group, a coalition of NGO networks and platforms seeking to partner with and influence European institutions. The Partners Global European hub also recently joined the EPLO, the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, a network of over 20 NGOs working on peace and conflict issues, and sharing an interest in promoting peacebuilding and conflict management policies among European Union decisionmakers.
- Advocacy and Outreach
The Partners Global European hub engages in policy and advocacy work at the EU level related to democracy, peacebuilding, human rights and civil society participation. Through the research networks described above, the European hub engages in legislative advocacy towards the European Parliament, focusing on the EU’s financial instruments for promoting democracy and human rights, and increasing financing for civil society activities.
Partners Global European Hub April 2012 Meeting in Amman, Jordan