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1. Definition of NGOs

A non-governmental organization (NGO) is any non-profit, voluntary citizens' group which is organized on a local, national or international level. Task-oriented and driven by people with a common interest, NGOs perform a variety of service and humanitarian functions, bring citizen concerns to Governments, advocate and monitor policies and encourage political participation through provision of information. Some are organized around specific issues, such as human rights, environment or health. They provide analysis and expertise, serve as early warning mechanisms and help monitor and implement international agreements. Their relationship with offices and agencies of the United Nations system differs depending on their goals, their venue and the mandate of a particular institution ( lifted as in 1st July 2016).

2. What are the requirements for opening a non-profit or NGO?

Please provide me with the requirements or refer me to relevant documents/policies where I can get this?

The structure should explain:

• Registration fee

• Where are NGOs registered?

• Relevant national laws for operating NGOs

• Tax requirements to SRA

• Standards for NGOs whether this has been completed by SWASA

• Composition of a Board of Directors, directorship/leadership (directors) whether applicable, how many employees required (if applicable) and volunteerism.

For more information, contact the CANGO Office.

3. What does CANGO stand for?

Coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organisations

4. Are all NGOs under CANGO and How much is membership fee?

• There are other NGOs which are not members of CANGO. CANGO has a membership of about 70 NGOs.

• Membership fee. For more information, contact the CANGO Office.

5. What are the advantages of being a member of CANGO?

CANGO has a membership of over 70 NGOs organised into Six consortia. By virtue of being a CANGO member, NGOs get to network, organise themselves and speak in one voice through one or more consortia. There are other levels through which members get to interact and share opportunities including the AGM, Governing Board, Secretariat as well as the Consortia.

CANGO consortia are:

(a) The Swaziland HIV/AIDS Consortium (SHACO),

(b) The Gender Consortium,:

(d) Food Security and Livelihood Consortium

(e) Human Rights & Governance Consortium.

These consortia through capacity building, advocacy and program implementation address relevant regional & national issues to ensure a vibrant sector and society.

6. What is it that CANGO does?

CANGOs overall mandate as an umbrella body is to ensure a well-functioning and coordinated civil society. CANGO envisages a future that is characterized by a civil society which is empowered, vibrant and well-coordinated for the improvement of the quality of life for the marginalized in society.

7. How does CANGO contribute to the society?

CANGO is the coordinating body for Non-Governmental Organizations in Swaziland and was established in 1983 originally as a network of Primary Health Care CANGOs. CANGO’s long term Vision is to “Existence of a society which enjoys a decent standard of living” and its Mission is to “Existence of a society which enjoys a decent standard of living”. The following values have been identified as critical to the strategic success of CANGO: Justice and tolerance; integrity; transparency; accountability; people centred; fairness and equity; participation; support for all; and open communication.

CANGO’s focus is on coordinating the NGO sector, build capacity of its members to fulfil their mandate and to influence policies through advocacy. In fulfilment of its mandate, CANGO adopted its five-year Strategic Plan (20167 – 2020).

The strategic focus (strategic themes and goals) include; (1) Coordination, (2) Capacity Building, (3) Grants Management, (4) Advocacy and (5) Sustainability. These, themes and goals are as a result of the situational analysis conducted with Board of Directors, Stakeholders and staff of CANGO which would be the key to progress that CANGO would like to adopt over the next 5 years (2016 - 2020).

The development of these originates from the combination of the analysis of the desk review, PESTEL, SWOT, stakeholder feedback survey and CANGO institutional capabilities.

8. What does PESTEL mean?

A PESTEL analysis is a framework or tool used by marketers to analyse and monitor the macro-environmental (external marketing environment) factors that have an impact on an organisation. The result of which is used to identify threats and weaknesses which is used in a SWOT analysis

9. What does SWOT stand for?

SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

10. Where are CANGO offices located?

Coordinating Assembly of NGOs (CANGO) Plot No. 419, JSM Matsebula Street P.O Box A67, Swazi Plaza, Mbabane, Swaziland Tel: +268 2404 4721/ 2404 5532 E-mail: Website:

11. Operating Hours:

Operating Hours: Monday – Thursday - 0730hrs – 1700hrs Fridays: 0730hrs – 1330hrs Weekends & Holidays: Closed..

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