What is the Global Commons Alliance and who is in it?
What are the principles that drive us?
Facilitating communication between those in need and those with appropriate resources.

Who are we?
Ours is a fragmented world: one of great need and great resources, but one where surprisingly few find it easy to connect.

To help make these connections, a number of organisations have come together to form the Global Commons Alliance (GCA). GCA members are connectors - linking those in need of assistance with those who can provide it.

Why the Global Commons Alliance?
With the advent of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development, there is greater interest than ever in public-private partnerships (PPPs): those that bring together companies, NGOs, IGOs and others who are committed to addressing global need.

Ironically, however, potential partners often have great difficulty connecting. As a result, many requests for help and many partnership offers go unanswered. A sampling of NGOs have reported they routinely decline 95% of corporate offerings because these do not meet the needs of their constituencies.

We formed the GCA because we are concerned about lost opportunities in a world where great need persists and available resources often go to waste.
We decided to collaborate in this Alliance because, while we know competition can be a healthy force in many areas of life, it has no place in the battle against world need. Members of the GCA have chosen to cooperate in an open, non-competitive manner that supports the organisational mission of its respective members while at the same time, reducing costly and unnecessary duplication of services.

The Global Commons Alliance concept is quite simple. When an offer of partnership doesn’t match the needs of a GCA member it can use the Global Commons Alliance to put the offer before a broader online audience and maximize the chance of connecting available resources to existing needs. Through this exchange process the GCA network harnesses the power of technology in the fight against global poverty and suffering.

Who is in the Global Commons Alliance?
At present, the Alliance comprises Aidmatrix and Global Hand. Consistent with our commitment to be inclusive, however, we are open to other organisations, or networks, joining.

Our members include organisations in South East Asia, Central Asia, UK, Europe and the Americas, providing global support to our initiatives. All of us serve in the public-private nexus, with strong connectivity in both the corporate and non-profit sectors.

The Aidmatrix Foundation, a non-profit organisation with offices in the USA and Europe, was created to enable world-class business technology companies to donate their sophisticated products effectively into the non-profit world.

Aidmatrix has secured donations from Accenture, i2 Technologies, Sun Microsystems, Dell Computer, HP/Compaq, Macromedia, Oracle, EDS, etc. These donations are then leveraged by a staff of highly experienced enterprise technologists now working in the non-profit world. The result is Aidmatrix is able to provide complete, turn-key solutions to non-profits at an absolute minimal cost, both in terms of up-front costs and true total cost of ownership.

Aidmatrix has a proven track record of excellence. Aidmatrix systems have helped our charities, corporations and government partners move over $1.5 billion in aid to over 35,000 charitable organisations around the globe.

Learn more about the Aidmatrix Foundation at www.aidmatrix.org.

Global Hand's online platform has been built to facilitate public-private partnerships of any shape or type. Currently, it offers:
  • a public website, www.globalhand.org, where actors from the public or private sector can express their interest in partnership, describing it in terms of goods, services or funding. Together with this, Global Hand continues to offer its Standards of Best Practice along with a Library of relevant information to facilitate appropriate engagement.
  • a set of private online solutions where Global Hand’s software is adapted for partnering within other constituencies. Global Hand produced one application of this kind for the World Economic Forum’s Disaster Resource Network, a former member of the Global Commons Alliance.

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