Advocating for the active Engagement of the Youth in the Agricultural Value Chain

19 - 23 September 2011
Ezulwini, Swaziland


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Coordinating Assembly of NGOS (CANGO)

About the Regional Dialogue Host

Coordinating Assembly of NGO's (CANGO)

The organisation was founded in 1983 initially as an umbrella body for organisations working in primary health care.In 1987, the constitution was amended to cover NGOs in development.

CANGO is recognized by government - opportunity to lobby for a people driven budget process. The organization has been able to reach 35 of 55 local constituencies and documented people's issues. Training for civil society and government personnel on budget analysis.

CANGO has a secretariat based in Mbabane and is headed by a Director and is governed by an elected Board- Board composes of 9 Directors of member organisations and two members co-opted from Private Sector. In 2001 CANGO embraced a strategic shift to address poverty alleviation.

People of Swaziland Taking Charge of Their Lives in an Environment Devoid Of Poverty, Disease, Discrimination and Socio-Economic Instability

Mission Statement

  • CANGO seeks to be a common NGO voice and resource for serving the People of Swaziland and representing the concerns of the poor, disadvantaged, and marginalized
  • CANGO endeavors to be tolerant of diverse views and principled mandates, to be transparent and accountable to CANGO stakeholders, including communities in promoting social justice for all.

Main Programmes
In order to facilitate the coordination of NGO activities, the NGOs are classified into various consortia according to their area of focus: Gender, HIV / AIDS, Food Security, Environment, Elections Network and Research Network.

  • Umchumanisi / Civil Society Support Project: This is an initiative that was undertaken to influence a pro-poor policy environment in the country and to foster accountability of service providers to the poor. This is in recognition of the fact that poverty is a multi-dimensional phenomenon and therefore requires multi-pronged strategy. In an effort to get the voices of the poor to inform policy Poverty dialogues, Research, electronic and print media are utilized.
  • Research Done
    • Investigation into the Social Protection of the Elderly in Swaziland
    • Analysis of the Development Practice in Swaziland
    • Investigation of Social Responsibility policies of local companies
    • Investigating available IEC materials on HIV and AIDS targeting Children.
  • People's Issues Document
    • Children and AIDS: Civic Education Project
      This project is an extension of the Umchumanisi programme. This is an attempt to mobilize communities, NGOs, private sector and government to address the plight of orphans and vulnerable children. This is done through Road shows, Media campaigns and Research.
    • Bristol Myers Squib Foundation (BMSF) NGO Institute
      The project aims at enhancing good governance, Management and Leadership capacity among the NGOs and community based organizations (CBOs) working in the area of HIV and AIDS.
    • The vision of the institute is to empower civil society and HIV and AIDS organizations to run efficiently and professionally.
  • Through Umchumanisi Programme - CANGO has been able to hold community meetings in more than 35 of the 55 local constituencies in the country.

    • Resources not reaching the grassroots - inequitable distribution cause of poverty.
      CANGO has established partnership with IDASA and Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)to assist in ensuring people's participation in budget process.
    • Two trainings held on budget analysis conducted by IDASA for civl society organizations and government.

Swaziland Node Steering Committee Members

  1. Professor Mariate Dlamini UNISWA;
  2. Ms NompumeleloNshalintshali Ministry of Natural Resources;
  3. Fanele Chester FSE& CC;
  4. Mr JabulaniTsabedze Farmers Union;
  5. Ms Lindiwe Madonsela Ministry of Agriculture;
  6. InnocentiaThwala Farmers Union;
  7. Nkululeko Dlamini Ministry of Finance;