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The ChildFund Alliance, formed in 2002, has its first secretary-general. Jim Emerson was named to the post for the Alliance, which comprises a dozen like-minded organizations worldwide that function independently and under the same brand, while also sharing resources whenever possible.
Altogether, these organizations help vulnerable children in 59 countries.
Emerson started his job with a series of meetings with Alliance Chairman David Taylor, Administrator Shep Harder and ChildFund International staff. As Secretary-General, Emerson will coordinate with Alliance members as they implement a new strategy to maximize the Alliance’s unique resources toward its mission to improve the lives of children.
The strategy includes promoting quality in programming, ensuring a global voice for children, helping Alliance members increase outreach and developing an advocacy agenda for children’s rights.
Structurally, ChildFund Alliance will remain a true network — 12 organizations working independently around a lean center to achieve shared goals. And Emerson, who brings more than 30 years of humanitarian work in more than 50 countries, believes this decentralization is key. “It’s important that we remain as independent organizations so that we can remain flexible rather than being like this big oil liner — these super ships that take forever to turn around,” he says.
As former deputy CEO of Plan International and leader of Plan’s emergency response after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, Emerson ultimately connects all of his experience to serving children.
“The most important thing in the life of a human, of a child, is the relationships — with your mother, your family, your school,” he says. “And those relationships determine the quality of your life. This sums up what the Alliance is really about — not about building an institution, but about relationships.”
ChildFund Alliance is an alliance of global, developmental child sponsorship organizations that implement lasting and meaningful changes in the lives of impoverished children and families worldwide. ChildFund Alliance assures the highest standards in program work, governance, fundraising, and financial management.