La Confederación Ecuatoriana de Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil pertenece a la red AGNA-CIVICUS.

AGNA es una red global integrada por redes nacionales y regionales que es coordinada por CIVICUS y que tiene como principal objetivo proveer asistencia a sus miembros a través de diversos servicios y actividades centradas en el desarrollo de capacidades, oportunidades de aprendizaje y noticias sobre oportunidades de financiación.



Affinity groups are groupings of CIVICUS members that exist to take forward CIVICUS’ mission and values. The Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA) brings together national associations from around the world to foster greater co-operation across national and regional boundaries and to increase their ability to collaborate on mutual areas of interest.

The establishment of AGNA in 2004 was influenced by the realisation that national associations in countries around the world provide a collective voice for civil society in their countries and regions. It was recognised that national associations are unique in having few, if any, comparative organisations in their respective countries; their natural peers are geographically dispersed, so there is a need for an international forum to facilitate the exchange of experiences and best practices.

AGNA was created to adress the following identified needs:

  • an international citizens’ coalition;
  • to reverse the current understanding of capacity building characterised by a North to South flow of knowledge, information and experience sharing;
  • to provide a support network for national network leaders; and
  • to reduce the ‘re-invention of the wheel’ and improvisation in the leadership of NGOs/NPOs.

The geographic representation of AGNA covers Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America. Currently, AGNA has representation in 77 countries around the world.

To facilitate knowledge transfer between the bodies, AGNA members engage in peer-learning and activities generating from five major working groups: the enabling environment and government relations; legitimacy, transparency and accountability; governance; sustainability; and advocacy.

The collective membership meets once a year during the Annual General Meeting, where they discuss the challenges, opportunities and priorities for the forthcoming year. The network is governed by a steering committee composed of 8 regional representatives, elected by members each year.