The forum was founded by seven civil society organisations. This was in response to demands for better coordination and conductive operation environment. We were to make a contribution to the creation and strengthening of member organisation that engage government partners, the private sector, citizens and other stakeholders leading to rights based approaches. Initially the forum was driven by four strategic directions;
• good governance and rights awareness
• advocacy and lobbing
• partnership and engagement with the private sector
• institutional capacity building
A strong visible and vibrant civil society that protects the rights of all people in Yumbe
Provide leadership to member organisations collective voice and effort to civil society capacities in Yumbe
We strive to attain good governance reduce poverty and improve and improve likelihoods of people in Yumbe
The forum undertook three major activities at the beginning and these were;
• We set a functional platform for civil society coordination, sharing of developmental agenda and established basic member organisation directory
• We supported the development of other member organisations, operational documents as well as mainstreaming of gender issues into some of the members’ strategic plans
• we ensured the creation and functionality of some members board of direction
From an initial membership of 7 members in 2003, the forum has grown to a membership of 28 organisations as at 2011. We have a strong functional board and volunteer staff. The forum’s institutional capacity has fairly good office and infrastructure.
We are current undertaking the following programmes;
• Promoting information sharing through interface and coordination meetings
• conducting, monitoring and evaluation in public device delivery e.g. in education, and health
• strengthening NGO Forum growing structure
The forum has provided a lead on civil society organisations on issues of poverty reduction. We have provided and set a platform for coordination, information sharing and partnership among member organisations and local government institutions on critical development issues in the district.
However, we have minimal good governance; rights based approaches both at internal and external level. We lack shared values and common ideology among critical stakeholders. We have limited external financial support for effective programming.
We are grateful for the UNNGOF support for we have shared common strategic directions, thematic areas and methodologies in pursuing our common agenda. Mayank Anti Corruption Coalition who supported our institutional capacity and supported our governance issues in Yumbe district.