Launch of new 'NGO Explorer' online tool to map and explore UK INGOs to help promote partnership and collaboration

Event Description

Launch of new 'NGO Explorer' online tool to map and explore UK INGOs to help promote partnership and collaboration

In February, SWIDN co-hosted a workshop in Bristol with the Univ of Sheffield to test a new online tool designed to help explore UK-based INGOs with the aim of aiding partnership and collaboration.

We are now pleased to let you know that the Univ of Sheffield will be hosting a soft launch of the tool at Bond's offices in London on 24 April, 4.00-5.30pm. Remote participation will be possible and there is some financial assistance available to help with travel costs if you would like to attend in person.

The tool is available here:

It uses data which are already in the public domain and made available by the Charity Commission. These data are however difficult to access, and this website makes them easier to use. 

We believe that this tool, when used in conjunction with other networking events and devices, will help to promote the strong networks, partnerships and synergies on which effective NGO activity depends. We suspect it will be most useful to smaller NGOs, but all sorts of organisations may find it helpful.

Places are limited. To register for the event please use this link:

You will be able to attend remotely. Some funding is also available to assist with travel to the event. If you have any questions  please contact Dan Brockington at

Background to the tool

Effective International Development work hinges on strong networks, partnerships and synergies. Yet, one of the challenges facing smaller organisations is understanding with whom they could work. Resources to attend networking events can be sparse. Publicly available data about other charities can be hard to access. In our work mapping the international development NGO sector in the UK, we have seen a demand for better tools to facilitate networking and partnership building, and make the most of synergies possible across the sector.

We are therefore developing a web-based tool that will allow users to map and explore development NGOs (and other NGOs) which are based in the UK. It will make readily useable data which are available in the public domain, but which are not easily transformed into useable, viewable data-sets. It will allow users to explore the sector and possible partners and collaborators.

This tool will provide a free, online service, no-one will have to pay to use it.

Prof Dan Brockington, Univ of Sheffield