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The Infrastructure National Partnership provides expert advice to government, its agencies and Capacitybuilders on the strategy and implementation of the whole ChangeUp programme. The advisory group is composed of members of infrastructure organisations from national, regional and local levels. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is the accountable body for INP.

Introduction to INP

ChangeUp MagnifierThe Infrastructure National Partnership is an advisory group comprising members of national, regional and local infrastructure organisations providing expert advice to government and Capacity Builders across the entire ChangeUp programme.

Aims of INP:

  • To provide expert advice to government and its agencies on the relevant strategy and implementation techniques for providing capacity building support to the voluntary and community sector (VCS);
  • To make recommendations to Capacitybuilders on its strategic direction and work programme;
  • To respond to questions and consultations from government and Capacitybuilders and to use its expertise to offer advice;
  • To commission independent research on the effectiveness and impact of capacity building and infrastructure;
  • To ensure its advice incorporates an understanding of the diversity of the sector from a national, regional and local perspective.

How INP delivers its aims

The INP as a ‘critical friend’ will scrutinise, sector proof the work of Capacitybuilders and articulate the concerns of the voluntary sector about the ChangeUp programme to Capacitybuilders. The INP plans to take a lead in the promotion of policy positions/themes such as diversity and localism.

Organisations, accountable body and staff

The accountable body for the Infrastructure National Partnership is the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). Elizabeth Ladimeji, Head of Partnerships at NCVO is responsible for the INP secretariat.

Recent Developments

The chair of the INP, Chris Bain, has resigned and the chair's position is now vacant.

There is an INP away day from the evening of 8 March and all day 9 March.


A report for the INP, by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University, assesses the nature of the current evidence base on the benefits of Voluntary and Community Sector infrastructure, based on a four-month ‘rapid evidence assessment’.

pointer Assessment of the Benefits of VCS Infrastructure (Aug 2006) Word icon 455k

Relationship with regional and local projects

Members of the Infrastructure National Partnership are involved in the national hubs, regional, sub-regional and local ChangeUp activities.

Contact details

Elizabeth Ladimeji
Head of Partnerships
Regent's Wharf, 8 All Saints Street
London N1 9RL

NCVO Helpdesk: 0800 2798798

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