Global Heads of Divisions

The Centre convenes international civil society organisation policy directors, programme directors as well as heads of administration and heads of communications once a year for high-level strategic discussions covering global trends, best practice and opportunities for collaboration.

Next event: 10 – 12 September 2019, Berlin, Germany

Event format and focus:

Four parallel meetings and joint plenary between policy directors, programme directors, HR directors as well as communication directors. This is an opportunity for people in international civil society organisations to gain sector insights from specialist contributors, share information and create new processes to implement solutions.


Policy Directors Meeting Themes:

  • Working on advocacy effectiveness and collaboration (taking into account observations from the Centre’s CEO retreat at Greentree earlier this year)
  • Using the digital space for mobilisation and inspiring action (a project within the World Economic Forum’s initiative on capacitating civil society for the 4th industrial revolution)


Programme Directors Meeting Themes:

  • ‘Power and norms in the larger framing of safe-guarding’: How to implement necessary reforms throughout our organisations
  • ’We know what we need to do, but how to get the organisation to do it?’: The link between organisational culture and delivering our programme
  • ‘Bring a problem – solve a problem!’: Systematic peer exchange on our most burning challenges


HR Directors Meeting Themes:

  • Digital Workplace and Engagement in ICSOs
  • Organisational Values and Work Culture in ICSOs
  • Global Talent Management in ICSOs
  • Employer Branding and Value Proposition


Communications Directors Themes:

  • Using value based communications to reach new audiences
  • Sharing what works and what doesn’t work in campaigns
  • Solidarity messaging in times of crisis