Esther, AMAIDI Regional Coordinator for Europe, was delighted to attend the 6th Global Pro Bono Summit (GPBS), which took place in Mumbai from 6 to 9 February 2018. The Global Pro Bono Summit is designed as a combination of two conventions – one focused on developing and strengthening the Global Pro Bono Network and the other bringing together pro bono leaders – members, foundations, corporate and professional pro bono leaders – to share and work together to grow the pro bono movement worldwide.
Purpose of the Network Days (for members only)
During the first two days Esther participated in a series of meetings of the members of the Global Pro Bono Network (GPBN). These network days were dedicated to discussing and agreeing on the next steps in the development of the GPBN, its goals and the directions in which the member organisations want to push the network forward. At a time when the network is evolving from a project run and funded by the BMW Foundation and the Taproot Foundation to a member-driven, self-governing and ultimately self-funded network, it is essential to take a closer look at the network itself. During the two days that we spend together as network members, we only want to deepen our relationships, build trust and have fun, but also spend time on the purpose, value proposition, strategy and priorities of the network, as well as its leadership, roles, responsibilities and processes, all of which enable maximum member participation and future engagement.
The new Global Council
Elections for the new members of the Global Council took place on 7 February and Mamerito Ssenfuma, AMAIDI Regional Coordinator for Africa, was honoured to be elected as the first Global Council representative for the African continent.
Multinational Pro Bono
In addition, Esther together with András (from Önkéntes Központ Alapítvány-OKA) and Tatiana (from the Pro Bono Laboratory) presented the previous results of the working group for the multinational pro bono programme, which was launched at the 5th Global Pro Bono Summit in Lisbon in 2017 and is still supervised and supported by AMAIDI.
We are pleased to note that a number of other GPBN members and some companies have expressed their interest in participating in this programme.
On February 8th AMAIDI was able to share knowledge and best practices live via online streaming with the participation of Esther and Tanja Siebert, AMAIDI Managing Director, and benefit from mutual learning with peer organisations, companies and non-profit stakeholders. In particular, they participated in a 3-hour workshop moderated by Pycera Global, where they were able to identify with other professionals through a role play while working on social issues in cross-sectoral collaboration.
In addition, AMAIDI learned more about other GPBN members and became familiar with the efficiency of the Pecha Kucha style presentations to show the impact and benefits of different pro bono models. Five network members had the opportunity to present their organisation and case studies about the success of pro bono models in a Pecha Kucha presentation. The presenters were:
1. Narinder Dhami, Pecaut Centre, Canada
2. Parnita Rane, Empact, Singapore
3rd Sandrine Ramboux, C@rma, Turkey
4. zhai (Robin) Yan, Huizeren
In the afternoon, each summit participant had to choose 3 open sessions from the various options available. AMAIDI chose the sessions “Addressing major social issues with investment in human capital” and “Pro Bono Secretariat for the development of managers and their impact on service recipients and companies”. The workshop tried to find a solid foundation on which to start and establish transformative pro bono partnerships in Africa.
On-site visits and convening of meetings
On the last day of the GPBS we could choose to visit local non-profit organisations or the corporate conference. AMAIDI, which, due to its foundation in India in 2006, already has a quite comprehensive understanding of the Indian NPO panorama. We therefore preferred to gain a broader overview of the current state and level of experience of pro bono engagement of the corporate sector in India by choosing the second alternative.
The convening of companies at the global pro bono summit strengthened and raised the level of global pro bono services provided by companies. It brings together a geographically diverse community of prospective and established business practitioners. Over the course of half a day, it sets a new standard for outstanding corporate pro bono services by engaging participants in dynamic, interactive sessions and by introducing best practices, tools and resources to help them accelerate and deepen the impact of their programs. The Corporate Convening is a dynamic, content-rich and highly collaborative morning. It offers participants the opportunity to learn from pro bono experts – including practitioners from other companies and local facilitators. It also provides ample opportunity for individual contributions and group work.
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