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This series, developed with total independence by a group of graduate interns experienced in the field, tackles a concrete region in an effort to analyze the level of participation and contribution to the work of ECOSOC and provides potential paths to strengthening this relationship.
Posted on 30 Aug 2010 by: Communication and Outreach Branch [ Content posted by United Nations Secretariat, Agency, or Programme UN ENTITY ]

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Sub-Saharan Africa NGOs; Participation in the Economic and Social Council: Challenges and Potential Solutions

Sub-Saharan African NGOs, like their peers from around the world, can contribute to the agenda of the ECOSOC through their many activities conducted at the grassroots level. Such participation, however, falls short of its potential. In an attempt to understand the causes of the relatively weak participation of sub-Saharan African NGOs in United Nations activities, the current research will focus on the periods before and after NGOs gain consultative status.

The primary aims of this paper is: 1) to assess the sub-Saharan African NGOs participation by looking at the Integrated Civil Society Organizations (iCSO) databases, 2) to identify potential challenges to a greater and more qualitative involvement of sub-Saharan African civil society, and 3) to finally make recommendations for a greater and more qualitative participation of NGOs in the sub-Saharan African region.

The research suggests that sub-Saharan African NGOs do not participate fully for numerous and various reasons. It appears that there is no real interest in many cases to gain consultative status because organizations are ignorant of the opportunities that could eventually follow. By stressing more effective information flow, ECOSOC could eventually boost the participation across the region by holding information fairs during conferences and other civil society meetings

As far as some of the issues that were identified in this paper, such as the language problem, the lack of information, and the tenuous application process, the suggestions made in part three can be usefully considered. However, problems such as lack of financial resources and some NGOs disinterest would need more thought and tremendous effort.

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by The Young Explorers' Institute for Social Service [NGO]
4 Jun 2014
We do not find any scope to take part in your activity which is organised in this area, may be last few year. Please consider to organise programme on line.

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by Tanchangya Kalyan Sanghstha in Bangladesh [NGO]
31 May 2014
Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations
820, 2nd Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY-10017
Phone-212-867-3434
Fax- 2129724038
Email: Bangladesh@un.int, bdpmny@gmail.com

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by Business Innovation Research Development [NGO]
10 Jan 2014
To NGOs and CSos members
From BIRD CEO

Subject: Happy New Year 2014

Jan. 10, 2014 [Paris]

Happy New Year 2014,

I value your support in 2013. I am confirming I am working hard for you in 2014.
Success can come for CSOs /NGOs that are building on disciplined Organizations, innovation trust and preparedness.
With good health and the physical stamina, we can go a long way ahead into 2014 Climate Year action.

Wish all members Happy New Year 2014

Georges RADJOU
www.slideshare.net/gsradjou

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by International Association of World Peace Advocates [NGO]
9 Jan 2014
it has become a know fact, that the United Nations is the largest assembly in the world with the greatest amount of NGOs and CSOs attached to her membership. But if i may suggest, any association, insitiution or organsition whose registration has been accepted the UN NGO Branch should grant specific code number and on line certificate of acceptance to such organsiation and the cetagory for whcih they are expected be operate be outlined in a clear term. Accreditation of NGOs or CSOs should be explained and condition be spelled out. I appreciate the reasons for having ECOSOC status but it should not be an only means to partake in United Nations conferences. Think about it. Amb. Emmanuel Nkweke, JP, International Spokesman, IAWPA, +2348033366396

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by NARASHA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GROUP [NGO]
14 Jun 2014
In fact what you are saying is true and we concur with you. Many NGOs/CSO are not actively participating because of ignorance and financial challenges. I wish categorically say that in sub-Sahara region many communities are suffering due to loss of land cause by companies which are driving development agenda in the expense of indigenous people. In 2013 July, Kengen and the Nakuru county administration decented to a village in Narasha burning all houses and destroying properties including livestock. We wish to work with organization that forster peace and respect of rights of indigenous people.+254722353783, NACOM

by Arab African American Womens' Leadership Council Inc. [NGO]
25 Feb 2014
Honorable Ambassador, I agree with your suggestions and ideas. As a matter of fact, NGOs or CSOs have a very important role and mission toward the United Nations and they represent the non-political Neutral Part that refer violations on Human Rights, on abuses on civil societies in all its aspects to ensure the Politically Correct appliance of the governments towards their civil society and their fundamental rights.
Involving NGOs into Projects may help accomplish the MDG within its frame time. Thank you Ambassador Emmanuel Nkweke and to all participants.


by Groupe Communication Internationale en Technologies Cultures et Services "G.CITCS" [NGO]
18 Aug 2013
Bonjour

Nous avons bien lu cet article et vous remercions beaucoup.
Le groupe CITCS vient d'avoir le statut au sein de ECOSOC. Il convient de savoir qu'en Afrique la plus part des ONG n'ont jamais eux de soutiens des autorités. Parce que ces dernières croient toujours que les ONG sont là pour combattre leur pouvoir.
Donc, il faut encourager les ONG Africaines de postuler pour être dotées du statut consultatif.
Cela aidera les Nations Unies de bien faire leur travail dans les pays africains.

Groupe CITCS

190, CITE SOTIBA Pikine
Dakar SENEGAL
gcitcsafrique@gmail.com
http://senegal.educanet2.ch/citcs

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by Tanchangya Kalyan Sanghstha in Bangladesh [NGO]
31 May 2014
Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations
820, 2nd Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY-10017
Phone-212-867-3434
Fax- 2129724038
Email: Bangladesh@un.int, bdpmny@gmail.com


by Bariq21 « pour le promotion des énergies renouvelables et le développement durable » [NGO]
27 Jul 2013
thank you, wonderful decision should be taken concerning the information about getting the consultative status.

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by Association pour la Promotion Développement Harmonieux de la Femme et de l'Enfant (PRODHAFE) [NGO]
28 May 2013
Association pour la Promotion, Développement Harmonieux de la Femme et de l'Enfant (PRODHAFE) du Cameroun.
Nous éprouvons un grand désir d'assister aux différentes rencontres internationale et régionale, pour mieux nous armer, échanger, partager, renforcer nos capacités et expériences avec les autres organisations.
La grande difficulté des associations de petites taille qui travaillent effectivement à la base, en contact direct avec la population cible, avec peu de moyens ne peuvent pas assister aux grands rendez-vous de donner et de recevoir.
Revoyez un peu leur situation dans leur prise en charge.
Vous constaterez que seule les ONG de renommés sont présents. Et c'est domage, parceque les informations restent à leur niveau. Les vrais bénéficiaires sont sous informés. Les associations de l'Afrique centrale sont presque toujours absentes, ou sous représentées.
PRODHAFE comme bien d'autres associations aimeraient assister à l'atelier d'apprentissage, mais nous sommes d'office exclues à causes des conditions financières.
Merci pour votre attention

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by Economic and Social Empowerment Of Rural Communities [NGO]
21 May 2013
The issues that that hinder NGOs from Sub-Sahara Africa from fully participating in ECOSOC challenges and potential solutions I feel are mainly lack of information and financial assistance. Information about getting consultative status should be widely diseminated and its requirement made clear. Many NGOs are doing great work at the rural level which should help in enhancing UN work. The suggestions of the author are welcome. If it is not going to be too much burden on time, and resources, the UN may try holding such meeting at regional basis, at least once a year.

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by NARASHA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GROUP [NGO]
14 Jun 2014
In fact what you are saying is true and we concur with you. Many NGOs/CSO are not actively participating because of ignorance and financial challenges. I wish categorically say that in sub-Sahara region many communities are suffering due to loss of land cause by companies which are driving development agenda in the expense of indigenous people. In 2013 July, Kengen and the Nakuru county administration descended to a village in Narasha burning all houses and destroying properties including livestock. We wish to work with organization that foster peace and respect of rights of indigenous people.+254722353783, NACOM

by Help Age Gunjur [NGO]
20 Jul 2013
thank you, wonderful decision should be taken concerning the information about getting the consultative status.


by Foundation des Nations Unies pour L'emploi de la Jeunesse Africaine [NGO]
16 May 2013
thank you

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by Association pour l'Intégration et le Développement Durable au Burundi [NGO]
30 Apr 2013
Thanks a lot for those information. In sub-Saharan Africa NGOs of indigenous peoples has great issues. Those ONGs do not know how they can make the partnership with the UN agencies so that to improve the livelihood, the human rights situation of indigenous peoples. We have no frame and program form the agencies of United nations that aim to develop the strategies for promoting and protecting the rights of indigenous peoples. We need the informations and the participate in the regional conferences to propose the way out of the problem of our African indigenous peoples. We need the update news because from this we will contribute our experience. We need to be connected the regional commission of ECOSOC and others agencies of UN for instance UNDP, UNICEF, UNESCO ... of Burundi.

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by National Council of Child Rights Advocates, Nigeria: South West Zone [NGO]
23 Mar 2013
The work of the United Nations, though attractive to the Civil Societies around the world for participation, viewing from the standpoint of their objectives, the Civil Societies have really not received enough motivation that could engender their enthusiastic involvement. While those who are already in Consultative Status are expected to be working in tandem with the Government representatives from their localities, to support and sharpen the formulation and implementation of policies, they most time find themselves having to struggle to have the recognition of the relevant MDAs for engagement. The implication is that rather than relate well to attract mutual support that should make participation easy through the availability of funds from the Government, who ordinarily should see the CSOs as partners in progress, the CSOs go through hard times to get funds to be at the sessions. Hence, the expected tempo, reduces over time. It should interest the Chief, NGO Branch of ECOSOC to note that their inability to give the requisite funding support to NGOs or facilitate direct involvement in funders' projects is a disincentive to increased number of participations. If the few NGOs in consultative status could have more to show for their participation and contributions t the UN Sessions, a grater awareness would be generated in the various countries and regions and attract more of the civil society to apply for consultative status and get more involved with the UN ECOSOC endeavors.

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by Freann Financial Services Limited [NGO]
23 Aug 2013
I am very impressed, the way members of of the NGO Branch of the UN-ECOSOC, passionately share their views and or opinions. However your views caught my attention. In as much as i share your opinion i believe there are several stand points which needs to be looked at . More especially where you consider activities of organizations in consultative status rolling their activities in lieu with Governmental Representatives and or organizations. Organizations in Consultative status are expected to be non-governmental organizations whose activities should be off the lines of government operations and or activities. when that happens you have direct regulation on the activities you undertake so as to do away with government interferences.


by Action of Human Movement (AHM) [NGO]
11 Feb 2013
Dear Sir/Madam
Why dont you consider Indian region places for UN ECOSOC Training programmes. please do it

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by Business Innovation Research Development [NGO]
10 Dec 2012
Hello,
To wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New year 2013.
Much friendships
Georges RADJOU, BIRD CEO, MBA, DUPEBH
BIRD-www.slideshare.net/gsradjou

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by Abiodun Adebayo Welfare Foundation [NGO]
10 Jul 2012
Dear Sirs,
Our ONE and ONLY appeal to UNs is to empower the CSOs/NGOs with Funds, Training and Projects to create work for every individual on this planet as the work only can help for the dignity, justice and respect for the individual- Humanity.
There is NO other short-cut to meet the MDG 2015!
Lets join hands to strengthen UNs for the same.
Thanks
Yours Sincerely,
Amb. OJO MUSILIU ADEBAYO
NATIONAL COORDINATOR
ABIODUNADEBAYO WELFARE FOUNDATION
WWW.abiodunadebayowelfare-foundation.org
e-mail: aawelfarefoundation2008@hotmail.com
aawelfarefoundation2008@gmail.com
abiodunadebayofoundation@yahoo.com

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by Fórum DLIS - Agenda 21 de Paraty [NGO]
20 May 2012
Agenda 21 of Paraty, more than one document Agenda 21, is an institutional arrangement, a social pact for the Integrated and sustainable local development in the city. Comprising more than 20 institutions, the DLIS-Network Schedule 21 of Paraty's mission is to update the Plan Sustainable Development established in 2000, and endorse it through municipal law as the document officer, who will guide the actions and future projects.
The network of Paraty DLIS in 11 years of existence, provides a broad reflection on the individual's relationship with society and the environment in which they live. Throughout this time, some plans, projects and campaigns have been conducted through a participatory planning and Integrated Management: Experience Paraty, Food Sustainable, Carbon offset, Gold Trail, agro-ecotourism, Paraty Recycle and campaign - Do not Throw Your Ole by the drain. Info: www.folhadolitoralcostaverde.com
With the seal of the Green Passport this set of projects enables Paraty and the Costa Verde region as a reference in Agenda 21 for the world and RIO +20.
Vídeo http://youtu.be/eMlfAqQjsv8

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by Association for a Better Society [NGO]
1 Apr 2012
I think this is right, most NGOs in Nigeria are not aware of UN activities and they need funding too

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by Uganda Environmental Education Foundation (UEEF) [NGO]
7 Mar 2012
We believe that if more sub Saharan Africa NGos are invited and build their capacities in terms negotiations and policy analysis, more will gain interest in participation.If arrangements are made and NGOs particiapate right from their regional levels,we believe thats the way going.
Nicholas Senyonjo
Executive Director
Uganda Environmental Education Foundation(UEEF)
P.O.Box 5658 Kampala-Uganda
Email;ugandaenvironmental@yahoo.com,
senyonjonicholas@gmail.com
Website:www.ueefug.org

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by Sociedad Amigos del Viento Meteorología Ambiente Desarrollo [NGO]
19 Jan 2012
Nuestra sociedad desea registrarse para participar de RIO +20 convencidos de que hay mucho que aportar desde las organizaciones de la sociedad civil que vienen realizando acciones a nivel local.

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by Gyan Vigyan Seva Sansthan [NGO]
29 Dec 2011
come and let us dream to be united word.

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by Missions3G-Gauri [NGO]
12 Dec 2011
Greetings!!

To,

The SG,
UNs,

Sir,

Our ONE and ONLY appeal to UNs is to empower the CSOs/NGOs with Funds, Training and Projects to create work for every individual on this planet as the work only can help for the dignity, justice and respect for the individual- Humanity.

There is NO other short-cut to meet the MDG 2015!

Lets join hands to strengthen UNs for the same.

Sanjjeev Nehraa
Coordinator- Global Projects and Programmes
Missions3g-Gauri*
India
+91 98111 73203
sanjjeev.nehraa@missions3g-gauri.org
*Organisation in SPECIAL Consultative Status with ECOSOC, United Nations since July, 2010


Best regards and cooperation to UNDESA

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by Kejibaus [NGO]
6 Sep 2011
YES! there is one thing that it is not said here lots of people in Africa do not know where to start changes we are talking about government inclusive cos changes will definitely start from the real NGO that really want to work with United Nations.However, The United Nations should have their blue print of development in Africa with the NGO with proper monitoring and adequate finances rather than giving fund to some corrupt leaders in African

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by HUMAN Network INDIA [NGO]
1 Aug 2011
I am now studying "Social Accountability" of World Bank Institute and want to develop it in local content. Every NGO and any Government should go through the WBI;s online course. Ask please about any online course at humanindia@gmail.com

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by United Nations Youth Association Nigeria [NGO]
1 Aug 2011
I am Daniel Edoho from the United Nation Youth Association Nigeria, i want to commend the efforts of the ECOSOC so towards ensuring environmental sustainable development using this medium, your efforts is highly commendable.

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by Abiodun Adebayo Welfare Foundation [NGO]
24 May 2011
The greatest obstacle faced by NGOs of Africa south of the Sahara, is financial constraints. ECOSOC should give financial assistance to NGOs from this region in order to ensure their massive participation in all ECOSOC program, for them to enable to perticipate in all activites.
Thanks.
Yours Sincerely,
Amb. Ojo Musiliu Adebayo
National Coordinator
AbiodunAdebayo Welfare Foundation
www.abiodunadebayowelfare-foundation.org
18, Adekunle Street,Isolo Lagos State Nigeria.
e-mail:aawelfarefoundation2008@hotmail.com

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by Safehaven International [NGO]
23 May 2011
How many NGOs at grassroot Sub Saharan have knowledge of ECOSOC and its activities/? information sharing is an issue,. The grassroot NGOs have done so much to support the UN work and am using this forum to solicit for opportunities to bring participants to all these meetings
.by SAFEHAVEN INTERNATIONAL(NGO)

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by NIGERIAN NETWORK OF WOMEN EXPORTERS OF SERVICES [NGO]
12 May 2011
There is no doubt that finances constitute a major impediment to Sub-Saharan African NGOs in participating in ECOSOC activities. There are genuine interests in NGOs over gaining Consultative Status, even when many are not fully aware of the opportunities that could eventually flow from that. However, it is very much of essence for the NGO Branch of ECOSOC to address the issue of information dissemination to get NGOs aware of the need to seek Consultative Statues, despite financial problems in program attendance. ECOSOC should equally devise means of aiding these organizations financially because the activities of most grassroots organizations have no doubt, helped in shaping the works of the UN.

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by Think Youth Independent Association [NGO]
25 Mar 2011
It is well known that NGOS have greatly contributed to the development of the activities of ECOSOC and the United Nation within its communities. Attending ECOSOC/UN conferences and meetings by these NGOs is of great importance to the growth of the council. financial constraint is an abstacle to NGOs to participate fully. The lack of participation by NGOs is limiting the voice of the local community being heard in a global scale, thus limiting the target of achieving the Millenuim development goals. I believe that ECOSOC ought to help these NGOS financially to participate fully as well as seeing that the United Nation should urge respective government to implement financial plans to support its NGOS direcltly to participate and as well executes its objectives.

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by Asabe Shehu Yar Adua Foundation [NGO]
11 Jan 2011
This is a wonderful observation.However, Ngo,s has contributed immensely to the development of mankind. What United Nations should do, is to evaluate the activities of NGos ,especially in Sub-Sahara Africa.The NGOS within this region need more financial muscle. There are NGOs with great ideas but cannot successfully implement their objectives because of financial constraint.To be candid, the activates of NGOs has greatly complemented the work of United Nations in recent times. Asabe Shehu Yar,Adua Foundation.

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by Victorious Youths Movement [NGO]
11 Sep 2010
The greatest obstacle faced by NGOs of Africa south of the Sahara, is financial constraints. In this light, ECOSOC ought to give financial assistance to NGOs from this region in order to ensure their massive participation.

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by ACTION CONTRE LA PAUVRETE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT DE LA CENTRAFRIQUE [NGO]
28 Oct 2009
je desire apprendre et connaitre le fonctionnement d'ecosoc, mais les liens ne sont pas faciles, si pouvez m'orienter, ca sera tres bien. merci pour votre comprehension.

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by African Union of Conservationists (AUC) [NGO]
8 Jun 2011
Very few NGOs are aware of ECOSOC, and this is caused by a number of factors already mentioned above but there is a problem of capacity as well. Even then ECOSOC gives funds there will be a need to follow up, check how these funds are used. At African Union of Conservationists (AUC) we have a program of Impact Evaluation but it has not been easy for us to find funds to run this program. This program cross cuts on a number of conservation and development programs implemented and those underway in Africa. I wish ECOSOC can organize a forum for this region and present our issues, concerns among others that will have to change the way we address and articulate and decide on the way forward.



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