Q & A

Want to know more about FIM? Please read our most frequently asked questions and answers. If you have another question, please contact us.

What is FIM?

FIM-Forum for Democratic Global Governance (FIM) is a Southern-led international non-governmental organization working around the world to strengthen civil society’s role in global governance. FIM’s vision is of truly democratically accountable global governance. Its activities are guided by the values of inclusion and democracy, pluralism and flexibility, transparency and accountability, and learning and innovation.

Since 1998, FIM has worked to build the capacity of civil society to democratize the multilateral system — a key to democratizing global governance — so that all voices might be heard in public policy discussions that affect our world. FIM’s autonomy, experience and accomplishments to date have made it a trusted resource for civil society activists and global governance actors worldwide.

What does FIM do?

FIM addresses the challenge of including the “missing voices” of civil society in three important and interconnected ways:

  1. FIM sparks and fosters ongoing dialogue. FIM regularly brings together diverse actors — activists, academics, students, policy makers — and designs and facilitates opportunities and spaces for key actors to discuss how civil society can influence the democratization of global governance.
  2. FIM pursues knowledge. FIM captures the vast — but largely undocumented —experience and knowledge of civil society practitioners and provides concrete, transferrable strategies and lessons learned to a wide range of global governance actors.
  3. FIM employs quiet diplomacy. FIM convenes civil society activists and multilateral officials in off-the-record dialogue and diplomacy.

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Why does FIM do what it does?

FIM believes that, for international governance structures to be truly democratic, all people need a voice in the decisions that affect their world. In order for this to become a reality, global governance structures must be more open and accountable to all of the people they are meant to serve. FIM also believes that a more informed and empowered civil society will result in the democratization of international governance structures and a more just world.

Who does FIM represent?

FIM is a convening body that works to design and facilitate opportunities for informed dialogue. We are not an advocacy or representative organization. We do not claim to speak on behalf of, or to represent any specific group or issue area.

Where does FIM work?

Our Secretariat is based in Montreal, Canada. FIM convenes the majority of its forums in the South. We have facilitated forums and meetings in: Bangladesh, Botswana, Egypt, India, Jordan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Senegal, Australia, Canada and Sweden.

How is FIM governed and financed?

FIM is governed by an international Board of Directors whose members comprise a majority of individuals from the global South. FIM receives funding from governments, multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations and foundations that believe in its mission.

What is FIM’s Network?

FIM’s network includes all those who participate in, or otherwise support, our forums. This includes civil society activists and practitioners, academics, donor representatives, multilateral officials, government officials, trade union officials and parliamentarians. FIM strives to ensure gender and regional balance and, increasingly, to include youth in all its forums. Subscribe to FIM’s Communiqué.