CAP - Network and Capacity Development

Network and Capacity Development: New Advances in BirdLife Governance Management

BirdLife believes that a dedicated network of effective grassroots civil society organisations has the best chance of achieving  tangible, long-term and sustainable conservation impact. This principle is at the heart of the BirdLife model of a global Partnership of grassroots, national non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Over half of the BirdLife Partners are in developing countries and Africa boasts of 24 independent NGOs, all of whom are leading conservation organisations in their countries. They are BirdLife. They are at the core of the organisation.

BirdLife Secretariat provides durable and sustainable local capacity for conservation, with a unique local to global flow of knowledge, experiences and resources,. This means that Partners work locally but are united by a shared global strategy.



As part of efforts to strengthen the Partnership, new advances in BirdLife Management have been made with the introduction of a BirdLife Quality Assurance System (QAS). This tool monitors, on one hand, the capacity, effectiveness and efficiency of Partners as vehicles for delivery of BirdLife strategy and, on the other hand, the conservation impact being achieved.

BirdLife 2020 Vision

United around a common strategy


What will happen at CAP?

The session at CAP will review the results from the BirdLife Quality Assurance System (QAS) and endorse key common actions necessary to ensure that all Partners meet the BirdLife Criteria.  The QAS results will show gaps and weaknesses, as well as strengths and opportunities to address in strengthening the Partnership. The meeting will discuss and approve a revised Network Development Plan giving direction for growth of the Partnership in Africa. The BirdLife ‘Partner to Partner Support’ system where better resourced and stronger NGOs share resources with counterparts in biodiversity rich, but less endowed organisations will also be covered. In this regard,  the Partnership will look at how conservation challenges that require stronger regional and international collaboration will be acted upon.


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