Overseas Special Interest Group
OSSIG is a networking group for finance staff in international NGOs, based in the UK. The remit of the group is to look at all financial issues that are specific to people working in charities with overseas operations. It provides the opportunity for less experienced charities to learn from those with more experience in relevant areas. In addition charities can identify and share best practice approaches to common difficulties act together on any areas of shared interest.
OSSIG is run by CFG in collaboration with Mango.
There is an active Steering Committee led by Mango and CFG with representatives from OSSIG member charities.
The group meets three or four times per year in London. Meetings involve case studies from those working in the field as well as sector specialists, and provide opportunities for breakout group discussions. Visit our events pages to see details of upcoming OSSIG meetings and to register your attendance.
OSSIG meetings in 2015/16 are sponsored by Sayer Vincent.
Click on the links below to view slide presentations from the most recent and previous meetings:
- 11 February 2015 - the slides for this meeting will be available shortly.
- 22 September 2014 - the slides for this meeting cannot be made available but useful links have be sent to those who attended the meeting.
- 16 July 2014 (pdf)
- 20 February 2014 (pdf)
- 17 October 2014 (pdf)
- 11 July 2014 (pdf)
Members often use the OSSIG LinkedIn discussion group to find quick and easy solutions to their problems by posting a message to their colleagues in different agencies. To request to join this group through your LinkedIn account, search for 'Overseas Special Interest Group' and send a request. Alternatively if you would like to be added to the group please send your email address to LinkedIn@cfg.org.uk
Further information for finance professionals in international NGOs
CFG’s Better FX guide
(pdf): The guide, produced in partnership with Stamp Out Poverty, provides a practical toolkit and a selection of case studies exploring how international charities have improved the ways they purchase local currency and manage foreign exchange risk.
Mango’s Guide to Financial Management for NGOs
: Comprehensive guide including sections on financial management in context; financial governance; getting the basics right; grant management; financial sustainability; working with beneficiaries and top tips.
- Funding Guide
: Details of a wide range of funding sources available to UK NGOs.
- Legal Guide
: Outlines the key aspects of UK law which UK-based international charities must abide by.
- NGO Evidence Principles
: Aim to help international NGOs ensure that the decisions they make are made on the basis of high quality evidence.
- Value for Money – What it means for NGOs
: This paper focuses on 1) The systems and processes that can be used by NGOs to manage value for money; 2) The approaches NGOs use to compare value for money between activities; 3) The use of evaluation to demonstrate value for money.
Other useful websites:
– The Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action.
- The Humanitarian Accountability Partnership
: International self-regulatory body.
- RedR UK
: Providing training and recruitment services for the humanitarian sector.
- People in Aid
: Promoting best practice in human resource management in the sector.
- The Sphere Project
: Defining and upholding standards of international response to disasters.