The Uganda National NGO Forum (UNNGOF) is an independent and inclusive national platform for NGOs in Uganda. Its primary constituency and owners are NGOs in their diversity and configurations. UNNGOF is however open to other interest groups within a broadly defined civil society.
UNNGOF’s operational scope is at national level, with focus on issues and processes that concern NGOs across the board. We recognise the independent existence of national thematic NGO networks and district networks and for a, as important NGO coordinating mechanism with complementary comparative advantages.
A coherent, respected, well-informed NGO sector in Uganda; actively contributing to citizens’ wellbeing and safeguarding their rights.
To provide a sharing and reflection platform for NGOs to influence governance and development processes in Uganda, and enhance their operating environment.
- An informed NGO sector that possesses necessary information and capacity to effectively engage in and contribute to development processes
- A networked NGO sector with strong internal and external linkages to other actors
- An engaged and accountable NGO sector that engenders respect from government and citizens, for the difference it makes to society
Uganda National NGO Forum’s identity and position within civil society, is defined by the following set of values:
- Social justice and equity – we will work with other NGOs to promote equality, dignity and a more just society, especially with regard to the poor and marginalised.
- Gender and diversity – we recognise the need for our work to reflect and promote respect for gender and diversity issues
- Autonomy – we must ensure that we strive for and safeguard the rights for NGOs to existence and independence at all times.
- Accountability – we hold ourselves accountable to the highest level of ethical behaviour and responsibility for our actions, while maintaining integrity in our performance.
- Collective action and solidarity – we strive for joint action and cooperation whenever justified by our mission, and stand with and by other NGOs and CSOs when they are faced with challenges in their work.
- Unity in diversity – we believe in and celebrate diversity in the NGO sector but will strive to achieve unity amongst NGOs and with other like-minded actors
- Self -sufficiency – as NGOs we strive and work towards sustainable development outcomes
As UNNGOF team members, we honour the following working principles:
- Respect for all, appreciation of one’s limitations and mutual support
- Service orientation
- Innovation and continuous learning
- Equal Opportunity
- Integrity and honesty
- Time consciousness
Membership is open to all registered civil society organisations without discrimination on grounds of race, gender, region or religion. A subscription fee is charged for membership, which defers according to type of organisation.
Types of membership
International organisations: These are NGOS with head offices outside Uganda but operating within Uganda. It also includes locally registered organisations with international affiliation while operating in Uganda, such as the Red Cross.
National NGOs: These are neither international nor umbrella organisations but operate in more than one Ugandan district.
District based NGOs: These operate in areas not exceeding one district. They include Community Based Organisations (CBOs.)
Networks and umbrellas: These are NGOs with other registered NGOs as members. They are composed as registered associations.
Code of Conduct
The Forum has a Code of Conduct to which members subscribe. This encourages self regulation and promotes integrity. There is a Code of Conduct Committee, elected by the National Council, which monitors compliance. All members of the UNNGOF must subscribe to the Code. The most important elements of the Code of Conduct include:
- Commitments by members to adhere to generally acceptable accounting principles
- Prohibiting staff of member NGOs from serving self-interest or aggrandizement at the expense of those for whom funds are raised;
- Non-involvement by members in activities that compromise national security;
- Holding property in trust;
- Encouraging transparency and participatory governance by member NGOs
Human: The forum maintains a team of professional and support staff that works with its members, volunteers, and executive to realise its objectives
Financial: It receives funds from membership fees, subscription and donations
How can I Support?
- Become an active member and supporter and contribute ideas and articles for NGO Forum publications. Membership is for organisations and can be full, associate or affiliate membership.
- Promote the objective and values of the Forum and contribute funds, time and other forms of support
- You can become a volunteer or an affiliate.