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Review for International Tibet Network, Vienna, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As Founder Chairman of Tibet Support Group - Ireland since 8th August 1988 (8/8/88!) I was one of a small group of Tibet Supporters who frequently complained about (a) the lack of co-ordination between the various TSGs around the world, and (b) the lack of strategic planning in the Tibet movement’s campaigns. In the early 1990s we were challenged by Thubten Samdup, then in Canada, who said: “Instead of complaining, why don’t you do something about it?” Thus was born (after some two years of effort) the International Tibet Support Network, which in recent years has become the International Tibet Network.

While I was involved in its formation, I have had relatively little to do with the ITN’s organisational work since its early years and I can say as an “external user” that the ITN has been, and continues to be, absolutely vital in providing those two much needed resources - strategic planning and international co-ordination of campaigns, efforts and ideas.

Maybe there are other similar organisations that provide as good as or better service to a global spread of NGOs in their respective sectors as does the ITN - but I doubt it.

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