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Communication and facilities

Transnational Action through NGO Networks (Part #13)

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34. Provision of low-rent office and meeting facilities or other shared administrative services in one centre within major cities brings a variety of organizations with potentially-related concerns into fruitful informal contact. It increases their effectiveness, leads to working contacts where and when appropriate, provides the 'critical mass' required for mutual encouragement and outside recognition. It ensures the conception and germination of new programmes, and provides facilitative bases for newly-established bodies during iheir early growth period.


  • various formulae for such centres should be studied and proposed to facilitate local and national level action. as well as international level action in a particular country.

35. Provision of low-cost communication facilities (telephone, telex, datalink) between organizations in centres in different countries permits organizations to regionalize more effectively, and to mesh their programmes more effectively with those of other bodies. This ensures more effective and rapid response to emergencies, and increases their ability to intereact with their counterparts at the national level, and with other field-level programmes.


  • the relationship between communication power and interorganizational effectiveness should be studied and proposals made to improve the current situation.