About IBON International
IBON International is a service institution with an international character and scope of work. In our advocacy, we cooperate mainly with social movements and civil society constituencies in all regions of the world, especially in the global South and among marginalised groups.
We work with a broad range of CSOs, directly and through networks and partnerships, in building consensus on development issues. We help them bring this consensus to wider global arenas through engagement in international processes.
IBON International is in special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC).
IBON Foundation started in 1978 as a semi-legal biweekly newsletter focused on socio-economic data and analysis, as part of the mass resistance against the repressive Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines.
From 1993 onwards, IBON Foundation’s international work accelerated, especially after we set up an international department in 1998.
We grew exponentially since the inception of independent programming as IBON International in 2005. Now an independent foundation, we currently manage several programs, global and international networks, and regional offices.
We retain close relations of solidarity with IBON Foundation , sharing with it numerous bonds of common roots and traditions of advocating social justice and social transformation through knowledge building and knowledge sharing.
IBON AS SYMBOL
In Filipino, ibon means bird. In evolving Philippine tradition, the image of a bird in flight has come to mean freedom and, by extension, an oppressed people's struggle for freedom.
We envision a society and world of prosperity, democracy, and freedom from war and strife, inequality, bondage and oppression.
Our mission is to contribute to capacity development of people’s movements for human rights and democracy.
OUR LONG-TERM GOAL AND STRATEGIES
We aim, as our long-term goal, to contribute to building global mass movements of oppressed and marginalised peoples, to challenging neoliberal globalisation, war and all forms of oppression, and to advancing people’s individual and collective rights, democracy, social justice and equality, ecological sustainability and liberation.
In pursuance of this long-term goal, IBON International defines and pursues a set of strategic objectives from one planning period to the next.
On that basis, we continually reach out to people in all regions, seek and develop partnerships, advance our advocacies, and strengthen our own internal capacity.
As a foundation, IBON International is governed by a Board of Trustees elected by its general membership meeting. Its officers include a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson, a Treasurer, a Secretary, and an Executive Director.
IBON International’s regular and day-to-day operations are managed by a Management Committee, which is composed of the Executive Director, the department/program heads, the Treasurer, and other members of the BOT who are in the regular staff.