The Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO) is a network of non-government organizations formed to fill the need to scale up NGO impact on national development. CODE-NGO focuses on policy advocacy, partnerships, and the improvement of its member and affiliated organizations.
After a series of consultations organized by the Canadian International Development Agency, CODE-NGO was founded in 1990 by the ten largest NGO networks in the country. Today, CODE-NGO is comprised of 6 national and 6 regional member networks or over 1,600 development NGOs, people's organizations and cooperatives. Member organizations include Association of Foundations, Philippine Business for Social Programs, Central Visayas network of NGOs, Coalition for Bicol Development, Cordillera Network of Development NGOs and POs (CORDNET), National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO), National Council of Social Development (NCSD), Koalisyon ng Katutubo at Samahan ng Pilipinas, Inc. (KASAPI), Participatory Research Organization of Communities and Education towards Struggle for Self-Reliance – Bohol, Inc. (PROCESS-Bohol) among others.
CODE-NGO envisions a society that promotes the total well-being of Filipinos, social justice, sustainability, national development, and the promotion and enhancement of national culture. It aims to be a trusted national voice in civil society and to maximize the potential of various civil organizations. The coalition puts a premium on advocacies such as transparency, anti-corruption, people's participation in governance, social services, and the environment.
Since its founding, CODE-NGO has helped convene various sectors of society as well as civil groups. The first National Congress in 1991 was attended by almost a thousand NGOs, people's organizations and cooperatives. The Congress produced the Covenant on Philippine Development, which helped promote unity in the network and helps root out 'fly by night' NGOs in an effort at self-regulation. These organizations are committed to helping promote professionalism and expand the reach of social development work in the country.
CODE-NGO has helped the society by helping in the setting-up of NGO-managed funding mechanisms like the Foundation for the Philippine Environment, and serving as the civil society representative in the National Economic Development Authority Steering Committee for the Philippine Medium-Term Development Plan.
Recently, CODE-NGO has called for transparency and social accountability of the government through projects like the PDAF Watch and the Economic Policy Reform and Advocacy.
Other projects of the organization include national and international linkages such as National Platform's Coalition of Asia, a scholarship fund, Inter-network and Multi-sectoral Regional Anti-Poverty Partnerships (IMRAPP) and Department of Agriculture Budget Monitoring, and grants for the funding of member NGOs.
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Facebook Page: Caucus of Development NGO Networks
Telephone: (+632) 920 2595, (+632) 926 8131
Fax: (+632) 435 6616 local 101
Office Address: 69 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City, Philippines