The Third Sector Ethical Connections project (Conexões Éticas do Terceiro Setor) is coordinated by Petrobras in cooperation with UNESCO. Its objective is to contribute to the promotion, development and capacity building of the vast network of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), who work in social and environmental areas in Brazil to build a better and fairer country for all. The project is part of the effort to achieve the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is in line with UNESCO's institutional mission to contribute to the development of equal opportunities, social inclusion agenda as well as promoting greater transparency and accountability in the use of resources.
The project has produced a teaching material in partnership with JS Brasil with the intention to offer grounded training to the various actors that make up the CSOs network. The participating CSOs will also receive specialized technical support to enable them to disseminate the culture of integrity in their daily relationships and to contribute to the country's advancement in key respects for building trust and enhancing the credibility of institutions.
The current initiative builds on the successful experience implemented by UNESCO and Petrobras in 2011. At the time, UNESCO developed the Empowering People and Building Capacity in Civil Society Organizations project, in which 242 CSOs had the opportunity to attend the training created especially by the Fonte Institute. More than 450 managers working in the area of advocating the rights of children, adolescents, and young people were trained. At the time, these managers were able to broaden their knowledge on issues related to accountability, institutional and financial sustainability, efficiency in administrative and financial management, innovation capacity, social impact production, monitoring and evaluation, communication and legal regulatory methodology and tools, project design, and accountability, among others. Those skills are key to qualifying the work done by these organizations in Brazil and driving processes of social change. The project's evaluation and positive results have shown that it is right to invest in training and improving management in order to contribute to the increase in professionalism among CSOs.