Membership Services

Thematic and Constituency Groups

The tradition of thematic, sector and constituency organizing has proven to broaden and deepen civil society participation and sharing on specific advocacy, development and policy processes. Uganda National NGO Forum is an inclusive membership organisation that embraces diversity of themes and constituencies of its member organisations as well as their geographical areas of operation. Organisations identify as members of UNNGOF using thematic and constituency groups.The Thematic and Constituency Groups are major pillars, organizing and coordinating arms of the work of Uganda National NGO Forum. This provides a platform to bolster focused engagement and enhanced interaction among members in the different thematic and constituency groups. It also facilitates broad-based consensus on identified thematic issues in order to strengthen effective contribution by members to specific, development, multi-stakeholder and/or multi-sectoral policy processes.There are 6 Thematic Groups and 3 Constituency Groups:
  1. Governance Thematic Group
  2. Environment and Natural Resources Thematic Group
  3. Socioeconomic Development Thematic Group
  4. Conflict Resolution and Peace Building Thematic Group
  5. Gender, Equity and Social Inclusion Thematic Group
  6. Faith Based Development Organisations Thematic Group
  7. International NGOs Constituency Group
  8. District Networks Constituency Group
  9. National and Thematic NGO Networks Constituency Group

A series of meetings for the different thematic and constituency group are organised for members to discuss, share experiences and practical knowledge on the issues within the thematic/constituency group. In addition, it maps out key opportunities, emerging concerns and actions that the thematic and constituency groups the different groups can act on collectively. The main objective of the meetings is to provide an interactive reflection space and platform for dialogue, discussion and sharing on emerging issues that the specific thematic group can collectively engage on in building the thematic group’s engagement agenda and to draw out an action plan in this regard.

Learning and Exchange Visits

Members’ learning and exchange visits provide a platform for members to reflect on the contribution of civil society to development and also learn from peers and appreciate the challenges, successes on specific programmes. We are committed to creating and nurturing independent space for NGOs to share, reflect and interface with each other on a wide range of issues in their work; to influence governance and development processes in the country. We promote dialogue, learning, sharing of best practices, challenges and opportunities among members and other CSOs to foster the realization of their collective potential.

Members Visits

We promote members visits aimed to profile and update our membership database and share individual organization development challenges. The visits are an avenue for UNNGOF to build capacity so that members can solve challenges. At the visits, UNNGOF shares with local leaders the role of NGOs in fostering good governance and community development. This is geared towards fostering a good working relationship with CSOs, local government leaders and communities.

Regional Civil society Days

Regional Civil society Days and meetings are organised for members and other NGOs at sub national level to share and interface on a wide range of issues.

Regional meetings focus on civil society development effectiveness with emphasis on operating environment, civil society internal governance, civil society capacity issues; civil society financing and sustainability; donor relations; civic participation in national and sub national development processes etc.

As a sharing and reflection platform for NGOs, we are committed to promoting dialogue, learning, sharing of best practices, challenges and opportunities among members and other CSOs to foster the realization of their collective potential.

UNNGOF Best Practice Awards

The Uganda National NGO Forum Best Practice Awards are awarded among NGOs identify and reward CSOs that excel in areas of interventions using unique and or extraordinary approaches. Best practices are documented in writing and on video to enable learning and benchmarking among the CSO fraternity. The awards ceremony is also aimed at promoting innovations among CSOs using little or no resources in their development work with the highest degree of sustainability.

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