The RINGO Project: Re-Imagining the INGO and the Role of Global Civil Society

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What is the RINGO Project?

The RINGO Project is a systems change initiative that seeks to transform global civil society to respond to today’s challenges.

The world has changed since INGOs started to become a prominent actor on the global stage and in recent years they have been challenged from all sides – both externally and internally. Internally, issues around gender, race and power are all in the headlines in recent years; externally, the issues we face from climate change to global inequality, conflict and now a global pandemic seem to have left INGOs unable to truly respond with sufficient efficacy to change the status quo, in spite of the ambition to do so.

Like others in civil society, INGOs have faced the challenges of shrinking civic space, while also failing to respond to the crisis. Both the credibility and effectiveness of the INGO model have come into question. We need global civil society, but the current model of the INGO seems no longer fit for purpose.

We’re ambitious – we don’t just want to transform single institutions: we know we need to change the system in which INGOs function too. With design and facilitation partners, Reos Partners, we are convening a systems change innovation lab in order to transform the INGO sector to meet the challenges we face, both externally and internally.


The “Inception Workshop” Report Is Out

In May RINGO held its first convening — the “Inception Workshop.” This virtual workshop was the first stage in the…

June 2, 2021

March 4: RINGO Project Launches Its First Research Report – Voices From the South

The RINGO Project is pleased to announce the launch of its first research report, Fostering Equitable North-South Civil Society Partnerships: Voices…

February 23, 2021

Help Design the Next Generation of INGOs

Are you interested in helping to design the next generation of International NGOs and how the global civil society eco-system…

December 11, 2020

RINGO Project Launch: Summary and Next Steps

The RINGO project, Re-imagining the INGO, has been a long time coming. The core team were happy to finally launch…

September 23, 2020



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