The Regional & District based Networks from Uganda convened at Esella country resort in kampala to a two days convention organised by the Uganda National NGO Forum on 1st -2nd December 2014 to reflect on their annual achievements work and beyond . among the participants was the Rwenzori information Centres Network (RIC-NET), Rwenzori Forum for peace and Justice, 34 District Networks from the central, Western , eastern and Northern regions and representatives of Donors, NDI USAID, DGAP.
while opening the meeting, the Executive Director National NGO Forum,Mr Richard Sewakiryanga challenged the participants to study History of CSOs uganda noting that the CSOs started in the country very organisationed as cooperatives , trade unions, leisure as the uganda travelling threatre, football associations that were spread upcountry as the kilembe mines, relligious as the pentecostal , Youth Assembly, Girl guides and scouts.
He called the CSOs to reposition ourselves through respect inergrity documentation of the history, He cautioned that its only in the CSOs where people work to develop others and yet less is done on their future, while calculating the Human Resource of 34 Districts Networks it was possible to influence 13 million people with out much strive. CSOs should be able to save for the future after retirement.
During the convention the participants shared areas where they had excelled as joint monitoring, budgeting, AGMs, Advocacy,QUAM & Networking.
The members shared their plans beyond 2014 to conduct Civic Education, monitoring education performance .
Fundraising was key at the this convention as the different Donors presented on funding modalities.
Jackson kaguri the founder of nyakaschool in kanungu shared that:
Donors give because they have been asked
Creating a relationship with the Donors is critical
Resource mobilisation is an act of every individual in the organisation
Always find out the passion of the giver before approaching them for support.
The convetion ended with a coktail.