Towards the end of 2021, UNNGOF embarked on an HR Review whose processes and outcomes among other things culminated into the development of a new staff structure as well as the reconfiguration of the existing programme components and appointment of new component leads. These changes required a re-configuration within the new components and re-arrangement of the key result areas, based on the Strategic Plan 2021 – 2025 aspirations and the individual work plans for the merged components.
Civil Society Strengthening and Philanthropy for Development were merged, and activities for both components, both in the work plans and the strategic plan were included, as well as the activities under different donor budgets that are resident under the two components.
Therefore, the new Component of Civil Society strengthening is a merger of all these activities and aspirations in line with our strategic direction. It is a representation of all endeavors for the new configuration, planned, funded or otherwise and incorporates the aspirations of the two founding components as laid out in the UNNGOF Strategic Plan 2021 – 2025.
To strengthen NGO sector coordination and capacity to deliver on their mandate and to harnesses the power of local philanthropy and domestic resource mobilisation in fulfilling the development aspirations and interests of citizens and their organisations.
The context within which NGOs operate today is quite dynamic and calls for agile and more adaptive institutions that can respond to the diverse needs of constituencies they serve. This demand is however met with several institutional, programmatic, leadership and governance deficits. These deficits dissuade the health, legitimacy and relevance of the NGO sector.
Our new strategic outlook, therefore, aspires to build a healthy, legitimate, competent and sustainable NGO sector with the requisite skills and capacity to influence development and governance processes and safeguard citizens’ rights.
Our work will build on previous milestones and lessons to generate new knowledge and models of work and inspire innovation and shared learning.