As “the voice of NGOs in Zimbabwe”, communication and networking belongs to NANGO’s key mandates. In order to improve the flow of information to the membership, to increase public visibility and to improve dialogue with various stakeholders, NANGO uses a broad Communications and Networking Approach through which a lot of activities in Communication and Networking are carried out.
1. Visibility and Dialogue
Responding to the issues of Civil Society and advocating for sustainable development of the country in the public – NANGO’s visibility and level of dialogue is most critical for its capacity achieving its overall mission as the umbrella body for NGOs in Zimbabwe. In that sense, NANGO engages journalists to report on specific developments and advertises in various media in order to promote Civil Societies’ positions. Information and feedback is shared through the NANGO Website and Social Media, all being ideal platforms to interact with the NGOs and other stakeholders. In addition, the Civil Society Magazine provides regular updates on relevant topics related to Civil Society and serves as a barometer of development in Zimbabwe. Through different exhibitions and events, NANGO is searching the public arena presenting its work in various programs and its ten thematic sectors: The Zimbabwe International Trade Fair and Regional Agriculture Shows have to be mentioned as well as the NGO Expo. This traditional event in NANGO is held once every year. Its main objective is to facilitate a platform for Civil Society Organizations to communicate with key stakeholders from the public sector, government and the corporate world on key national issues. The platform provides the general public with a unique opportunity to understand and appreciate the most valuable work of NGOs.
2. Capacity Building
Communication and networking is the key of success for NGOs – NANGO comprehends it as its duty to strengthen the respective capacities of its membership with regards to communication matters. Various Workshops and trainings on national and regional level are dealing with topics like engaging with media, benefiting from the potential of the World Wide Web, compiling of newsletters, ways of fundraising and so forth.
The impact of NANGO’s interventions cannot be doubted and is based on a set of co operations and partnerships with key stakeholders such as government, political parties, private sector, trade unions, regional and international bodies. Though at different times, these partnerships are equally important as they assist NANGO to execute its mandate. Furthermore, NANGO is represented by lead organisations in various United Nations (UN) bodies like the Emergency Relief Fund (ERF) coordinated by OCHA or the UN Heads of Agencies and the Humanitarian Country Team. It is in the sense of this network, where NANGO has conducted a series of conferences and Workshops targeted at creating platforms for exchange of ideas and best practises – through these, NANGO has managed to play its important role in a series of political processes in the country.