Working Groups

Working Groups

The Alliance offers member-only working groups on topics of interest to development professionals. These groups are led and managed by our members. They are supportive spaces designed to work on issues of shared concern, to foster peer support, share best practice and to facilitate peer learning.

If you would like to join a group, suggest a topic for discussion, or set up a new working group, please email Philippa.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Working Group 

Alliance members with a particular interest in MEL can join the MEL Working Group. The group, which was launched in September 2014, offers members a space to share approaches to MEL, discuss innovative MEL theories and source new practical tools. It also provides a forum to discuss work based challenges, hear from distinguished invited external guests, as well as scope ad-hoc training needs. You can read the Terms of Reference for the group online to learn more about its structure and meetings.

Over the past few years we have had presentations from members (Signpost International, Bioclimate, SCIAF, Mary's Meals, Mamie Martin Fund, CBM-UK) as well as guest speakers (from Evaluation Support Scotland, BOND, INTRAC, CARE International, WWF-UK).

Topics of discussion have included: 

  • Use of MEL software
  • Development of indicators through participatory approaches
  • Quality of evidence
  • Designs and methods for impact evaluation
  • Beyond projects: MEL systems at the organisational level
  • Value for Money

All Alliance members are welcome to join the MEL Working Group. The group aims to meet quarterly and discussion continues in the intervening time on the Alliance Community’s learning space dedicated to the MEL Working Group. If you are interested in joining, or would like more information, please email Philippa.

Leave No One Behind (LNOB) Working Group

The LNOB group was launched in September 2013 and is a place for Alliance members to share best practice, learning and knowledge on working with marginalised groups. Marginalised groups include but are not limited to people living with a disability, elderly, prisoners and their families, people with life limiting diseases and their families, sex workers, refugees, LGBT community, street children and people with mental health issues. The purpose is to increase knowledge of different forms of marginalisation in pursuit of better development results. The group will meet every six months with a different theme for each meeting. Read more about its structure and meetings in the Terms of Reference for the group online.

All Alliance members are welcome to join the LNOB Working Group. The group aims to meet twice a year and discussion continues in the intervening time on the Alliance Community’s learning space dedicated to the LNOB Working Group. If you are interested in joining, or would like more information, please email Philippa.

Funding Working Group

A pilot funding working group was launced in 2018 to meet member demand. It provides a space for Alliance members to share their experience of fundraising (through Trusts and Foundations, membership, high net worth individuals, corporate, crowdfunding, community etc.), and to explore some of the solutions to working in today’s challenging funding environment. The Working Group aims to provide an inspirational and supportive forum for fundraisers to talk about the challenges but also the solutions in today’s challenging funding environment. Read more about its structure and meetings in the Terms of Reference for the group online.

All Alliance members are welcome to join the Funding Working Group. The group aims to meet quarterly and discussion continues in the intervening time on the Alliance Community’s learning space dedicated to the Funding Working Group. If you are interested in joining, or would like more information, please email Philippa.

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