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The Client: International Save the Children Alliance

New content management system for global users

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The International Save the Children Alliance is the world's largest independent global organisation for children, with programmes in over 115 countries. They fight for children's rights and deliver immediate and lasting improvements to children's lives worldwide.

The Business Requirement

The International Save the Children Alliance Secretariat, which co-ordinates the work of the Alliance organisations, wanted to realise a global Internet strategy, sharing information from its projects across the world. This would be achieved by linking together its various websites and enabling staff to publish information online from a range of locations across the world.

The previous content management system used by the Alliance was not sufficiently flexible or scalable for the large number of users and websites across the organisation. A new system was required with a powerful yet intuitive interface, consistency of design and the ability to support a number of languages due to the international scale of the Alliance. Accessibility was also critical as the Alliance required the new system to comply with the highest accessibility level possible – Priority Level 3.

The Sigmer Solution

Sigmer Technologies created a high featured web content management system called Scribe CMS. Scribe CMS allows users to update content on a regular basis without the need for technical expertise.

Sigmer developed a hierarchical approach to the systems interface, creating a layered security model, in order to provide users with autonomy over web content. This meant that ‘normal’ users would be limited to the areas of a website they could view and modify, while web masters would have further editorial functionality.

Scribe CMS has been developed to support both Latin-based languages and non-Latin languages, thereby supporting the international aspect of the Alliance.

Scribe CMS has also been specifically developed to help support accessibility standards, such as automatically creating accessibility compliant areas. The International Save the Children Alliance website now complies with the W3C Triple-A Conformance guidelines for Web Accessibility.

The Result

The International Save the Children Alliance Secretariat, as well as members of the Alliance that are now users of Sigmer's Scribe CMS, are working very well with the new content management system and can now communicate information dynamically with their supporters. They are particularly impressed by how it provides users with autonomy, while at the same time, the hierarchical structure of the system ensures the look and feel of the websites remain firmly in keeping with the International Save the Children Alliance brand.

Sarah Dewe, Online Communications Manager of The International Save the Children Alliance Secretariat:

 “Scribe content management system has met our needs well, giving us the ownership and flexibility to manage a series of global websites. Web accessibility, cross-browser compatibility and clean, professional design have all been high priorities for us. Sigmer have proved themselves to be very committed to finding solutions to address all these issues in a very professional way. We are delighted that our international web portal,, now complies with W3C Priority Level 3 WAI Guidelines.”














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