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Together we can change the world

When people cooperate, the world is changed. Civil society is therefore needed so that people can organise themselves. Organisational learning enables organisations to develop effective approaches and be accountable for their work.


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Organisational development
Organisations must develop – and take their place in society

When people work together, they can change the world. That is why people need to meet together and organise themselves. Organisational learning enables organisations to develop effective approaches and be accountable for their work.

The ability of organisations to learn from their experiences is crucial in order for them to contribute to holistic development and reconciliation. This lays the foundation for a just, peaceful and sustainable world where human rights are respected.

What is organisational development?

Most of the organisations we work with operate on a basis of Christian values. Organisations need to reflect on their identity in order to clarify their purpose and engagement with their context. Organisations also need systems for collaboration, transparency and accountability. We support this kind of growth through what we call organisational development.

Civil society consists of organisations

Civil Society organisations can take many different forms and work for different goals such as increased equality, peace and reconciliation, access to health and education. They can be, for example, churches and other denominations, associations and civic initiatives. Together, this diversity of organizations form civil society which operates in the space between people’s private lives and state control. In this way, organisations can influence attitudes in society, hold power holders accountable and demand political change.

Shrinking democratic space is a threat to civil society

We believe that an active civil society is critical in order to see the growth of democracies that respect and protect human rights. Several articles in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantee the right to organise and meet, a right which is closely linked to freedom of speech and freedom of religion or belief.

Currently, however, we see a growing threat to many civil society actors around the world. This shrinking democratic space is a global trend of increased control, restrictions and even violence which limits civil society, its representatives and its work. To counter this trend, we are working with other organisations in Swedish and global civil society in order to expand democratic space.

This is how we work on organisational development

The network - An organisational assessment tool which centres on participation and self-analysis. Designed especially for use with NGOs, and tested by SMC members in organisations all over the world.
La red - An organisational assessment tool which centres on participation and self-analysis. Designed especially for use with NGOs, and tested by SMC members in organisations all over the world.

This is how others work on organisational development

Core Humanitarian Standard - What is quality? The Core Humanitarian Standard provides a valuable lens for identifying organisational development needs for work within the humanitarian sector.
Method and learning
Hitta de metoder som passar bäst

Vi uppmuntrar alla organisationer att söka efter de metoder som passar organisationen bäst, att hitta er identitet och den verksamhet och utveckling som ni vill vara med och bidra till.

Därför har vi en mängd olika planeringsverktyg, uppföljningsmetoder och utvärderingskoncept som kan vara till hjälp i ert arbete.

Vi tror också på vikten av och kraften i goda relationer och god pedagogisk kvalitet i såväl planeringsprocesser, utbildningar som i workshops generellt. Att skapa öppna och trygga rum där man har roligt tillsammans, vill och vågar lyfta och dela tankar och idéer med varandra. Därför hittar du även länkar och tips här till mer allmänna metodsamlingar med tips om samtalsmetoder, så kallade ice-breakers, lära-känna-lekar och andra grupp- och värderingsövningar.

Religion och metod och lärande

Religion förknippas ofta med konservativa värderingar som begränsar kvinnor och män. I vårt arbete ser vi däremot att religiösa ledare och samfund ofta kan utmana traditionella värderingar och bidra till ökad jämställdhet. Du kan läsa mer om det i vår lärstudie Skrapa på ytan eller gräva djupare och i vår antologi For Better for Worse.

This is how we work with method and learning

Outcome Mapping - An actor-focused planning and follow-up tool that helps practitioners build a theory of change based on the desired behavior of different actors and that enables the follow-up of complex behavioral changes
Outcome Harvesting - An actor-focused method with an evaluation perspective that helps an organisation identify which behavioral change they have contributed to, both consciously and unconsciously
Rapid Outcome Mapping - A development of Outcome Mapping, which focuses on policy change and advocacy work
Better Evaluation - An international collaboration for the exchange of methods and practical experiences regarding evaluation. The website contains brief summaries of different evaluation methods and a useful framework for identifying relevant approaches
The learning network ALNAP - "The Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action" with focus primarily on humanitarian work
Involving Children in Situation Analysis - An exercise with the aim of teaching participants how to carry out a risk mapping with children so that the children can identify the risks that affect them in the local community.
Gender discussions in circles - A guided exercise on men's and women's different situations in relation to the local community, the opposite sex and gender equality.
Where do you stand? An activity on gender equality concepts and values - A valuation exercise around gender roles with prepared statements and conversation guidance

Our basic idea

“A prerequisite for learning is that workshops are well planned with room for good conversations and safe group processes”

Anti corruption
Corruption threatens all efforts to create a better world

Corruption is a serious threat to our efforts for a better world as it demoralises both people and political systems. Systematic anti-corruption efforts discourage misconduct, make it easier to find discrepancies and prevent the abuse of power.

In SMC’s core values, the idea of responsible stewardship is central: man is created to take shared responsibility for creation. The Bible not only talks about corruption as something wrong in itself, but also highlights how corruption especially affects the vulnerable and the poor.

Corruption affects those who are particularly vulnerable

Corruption is common in countries with weak democratic institutions and inefficient governments. Development cooperation (also known as aid) brings status and money, this increase in power runs the risk of encouraging corrupt behaviour. Corruption undermines respect for human rights, with the vulnerable usually being the most severely affected. However, development cooperation can also contribute to reducing corruption.

This is how we work to prevent corruption in development cooperation

In our policy for anti-corruption, we use a broad definition of corruption: corruption is the abuse of resources, trust, power and/or position in order to gain undue benefits for oneself, for a relative or for a group.

Together with our member organisations, we work systematically to identify and prevent corruption in the work we support. Our guidelines and codes of conduct are there to help avoid mistakes at work, effectively detect discrepancies and take relevant action; they also help influence values and attitudes about corruption.

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