CBO Network

FACILITATING NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES FOR CBOS

NAG currently co-ordinate two monthly networking meetings for CBOs:

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NAG General meeting
The NAG General meeting which have been running on the — Thursday of every month for the past — years. An average of 120 organisations attend this meeting every month. It is a platform for CBOs to learn from each other and discuss pressing issues facing their organisations. The meeting also host visitors from various government departments as well as from the private sector. NPO registration, Partial Care, DSD subsidies, Introduction to Philamntwana Program and poor service delivery are some of the items that have been on the agenda recently.

 

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OVC Forum
The OVC Forum run on — of every month. This forum was initiated two years ago as NAG witnessed how organisations that work with families and vulnerable children needed extra support as many of them were struggling to survive. An average of 10 organisations attend this meeting. It is not a big forum which we believe reflect the fact that there are very few OVC organisations in the district mainly due to lack of funding opportunities. ——, are some of the items that have been on the agenda recently.
Being in the General meeting and hearing the guest speakers help us a lot. Sometimes our DSD official is not telling us the same information as the DSD officials at the NAG meeting. So to hear different people and ask them questions is very useful. – Nondumiso Khumalo
TOGETHER WE CAN OVERCOME CHALLENGES FACING CBOS
I think they looked at me like I am a small child. But with NAG behind it was different.
I see NAG as the chief executive that they are a bit scared of. Everyone stood up, like I am going to do the right thing now.
Busisiwe Mkhize
Cluster meetings is another way in which NAG has been trying to build stronger support between CBOs. There are currently — cluster meetings. These meetings are important as they connect organisations locally and feed in to the general meeting. Different clusters always present in the general meetings as a tool to tune in to issues on the ground.

Being a network of approximately 340 organisations places NAG in a strong position to lobby and advocate on behalf of the CBO sector. We have so far mainly advocated with government on specific cases but hope to develop but hope to develop this side of our work in the nearest future.

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