Essex Community Advice – formally the NGO Clinic – is a not-for-profit social enterprise based at the University of Essex. It offers professional advice and support on strategic development, organisational change and capacity-building to non-government, voluntary and other not-for-profit organisations both locally and globally. These services are provided free of charge to clients and Essex Business School, which houses the clinic, covers staff costs, however expense for travel and subsistence may need to be covered by client organisations. This pro bono service is part of the University of Essex’s broader commitment to social justice, equality and socially responsible professional development.
The NGO Clinic is the only organisational development consultancy working with not-for profit and non-governmental organizations staffed entirely by business school academics on a pro bono basis. Experts in organisational development, change, and leadership, our staff offer services entirely free to our clients.
Founded at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary, University of London, the NGO Clinic is dedicated to the development of a pro bono culture in U.K. business schools. Affiliated clinics currently exist at the Essex Business School at the University of Essex, and the School of Management at the University of Leicester.
The demands of human rights are having an impact on businesses at a steadily increasing pace. This opens up a complex and fast changing field of concerns, posing challenges to law and to many of the social and natural sciences. The Essex Business and Human Rights Project aims to encourage dialogue across these disciplines, and among actors from a broad range of backgrounds. It aims both to foster research and to bring the results of that research to bear on practical problems. It works on both national and international issues, and collaborates with partners in various parts of the world.