Explore the UK's NGO sector using new, free online tool!

'NGO Explorer' is designed to help promote networking, partnership and collaboration in the UK NGO sector

The tool is available here: https://ngoexplorer.org

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.

To watch a demonstration of the tool in use please see: http://blog.gdi.manchester.ac.uk/exploring-the-uks-ngo-sector (scroll to the bottom)  

The designers 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. They suspect it will be most useful to smaller NGOs, but all sorts of organisations may find it helpful.

Using the NGO Explorer to search for a country such as Malawi and you’ll find the details of 802 UK-based NGOs working in the country. You can quickly see what sectors they work in, where else they work and who they work with. The dashboard links to IATI data on projects in the country, as well as a host of other online resources. A list of all the charities and their contact details can be seen and all the data can be downloaded directly from the site. And, in what is perhaps the best feature, the site permits searches of key words used in NGOs’ own descriptions of themselves which provides a much more informed way of searching for specific activities and interests.

The same search can also provide fascinating insights into patterns within the UK. A search for NGOs in Sheffield brings up 100 different organisations, who work in 146 different countries, spending a total of £175 million a year. You can drill down into the size of these organisations by income and expenditure, with links off to a host of more detailed information.  All searches can be refined by size, activities and locations for a clearer view.

As Prof Dan Brockington from the University of Sheffield and one of the tool designers points out, “providing onward links to other similar sites and networking devices is essential because a site like this can only really work if it fits into a broader ecosystem of networking activities and organisations. After all, it is only a website. To be a success it will have to be used as a spring-board for contacts, interactions and exchange.”

The site is based on Charity Commission data for England and Wales, made accessible and kept updated via Charity Base(created by Dan Kwiatkowski). Finding ways to include Scottish and Irish NGOs in the tool is the next priority.

This content is taken from: http://blog.gdi.manchester.ac.uk/exploring-the-uks-ngo-sector/