Why International Cooperation Is Essential For NGOs

Did you ever wonder why projects like ENGAGE! supporting civil society actors and NGOs in their internatioalisation are important for us? In BISER we coopeerate with international partners since 2001, currently being engaged in four international projects. This gives us great opportuniteis to learn, inspire, expand our horizons, increase institutional capacities and last, but not least – gives us financial stability. Our goal is to engage (hence the project title!) as many other NGOs from Pomorskie and Warmia and Masuria region to this kind of cooperation. We have introduced many activities withing the project framework that supports smal and locla actors in access to knowledge, building their networks and introducting them to NGOs and civil society actors from other Baltic Sea region and EEA countries.

If you are still uncertain WHY it’s great opportunity for an NGO to collaborate internationally, we give you few good tips below.


The globalization of society has led to a need for greater international cooperation among NGOs. With the rise of environmental and social issues that cross national borders, it is essential that NGOs work together to create solutions that are effective and sustainable.

There are many benefits to international cooperation for NGOs. It allows for sharing resources and knowledge, creating joint projects and fundraising opportunities. International collaboration also helps to build relationships and networks that can be essential in times of crisis.

However, there are also challenges to international cooperation for NGOs. Language barriers, organizational structures, and cultures can all hinder effective communication and collaboration. Additionally, funding for international cooperation can be challenging to obtain.

Despite the challenges, international cooperation is essential for NGOs. By working together, NGOs can significantly impact the issues they care about and make a positive difference in the world.

Why is international cooperation necessary for NGOs?

 International cooperation is essential for NGOs as it enables them to tackle global issues effectively. NGOs must work together to create tailored-made and comprehensive solutions, considering the needs of all those affected. By collaborating with like-minded goals, international cooperation increases the impact of the efforts of NGOs across countries. In addition, international collaboration provides an opportunity to learn from other NGOs, giving access to experience and strategies that can prove invaluable. International cooperation is also crucial for NGOs to build relationships and networks that can be essential in times of crisis. By working together, NGOs can more effectively tackle social and environmental issues. For example, in response to a global pandemic, NGOs must unite to provide resources and support to disadvantaged areas.

What are the benefits of international cooperation for NGOs?

 The benefits of international cooperation for NGOs are vast. The most important benefit is the sharing of resources and knowledge. By working together, NGOs can access resources that would otherwise be unavailable to them. In addition, they can benefit from other NGOs’ expertise and experience, which helps ensure successful campaigns and initiatives. A further benefit of international cooperation is the potential for joint projects and fundraising. NGOs can pool resources and combine initiatives by working together, resulting in tremendous success. This is especially beneficial when tackling difficult or complex global issues, such as climate change. International cooperation also allows NGOs to learn from one another and share best practices, which can result in improved effectiveness and greater success in advocacy efforts.

What are the challenges of international cooperation for NGOs?

 Despite the many benefits, NGOs face challenges to international cooperation. One of the most difficult challenges is language barriers. As NGOs are global, there can often be misunderstandings or communication issues due to language differences. Additionally, NGOs that are from different cultures may require different approaches, which can further complicate matters. Another challenge of international cooperation is the funding for these initiatives. It can be difficult to secure enough financial support from governments and other sources to fund international projects. In addition, NGOs must often deal with different organizational structures, making coordinating and communicating more difficult.

How can international cooperation be improved for NGOs?

 International cooperation can be improved for NGOs in several ways. The most important is to ensure effective communication. This can be done by creating dedicated teams focusing on communication and ensuring they have the necessary resources and support. Additionally, NGOs should seek partners that can provide resources, expertise, and support they may not have access to otherwise. NGOs should also create an open, collaborative environment that encourages sharing ideas and resources. By building solid international networks, NGOs can further their advocacy efforts and have an even more significant impact on global issues. Furthermore, NGOs should strive to create thoughtful, comprehensive, and evidence-based initiatives, as this will help ensure their success.


The importance of international cooperation for NGOs cannot be overstated. By working together, NGOs can access resources and knowledge they would not otherwise have and create stronger relationships and networks. International cooperation can be challenging, but the right strategies can have a greater and more effective impact on global issues. With stronger international cooperation, NGOs can do even more to make a positive difference in the world.

Interested? Join the journey by downloading our ENAGAGE! project playbook and start your transnational collaboration now!