CANGO coordinates the NGO sector in Swaziland, building the capacity of our member organisations — so they can fulfil their mandates. We also aim to influence national and international policies by advocating for measures that we think we help the country.
We do this via our various Consortiums, which co-ordinate and advocate for meaningful social change in their respective focus areas.
The Consortium advocates for children’s rights as enshrined in the Swaziland’s Constitution. Section 29 of the Constitution protects the rights of the child. The Consortium also advocates for the recognition and enforcement of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Moreover, the Consortium works to:
- reduce the impact of HIV and AIDS on children
- assist children to access care, support, basic services and support
- advocate for enabling legislation to protect children against neglect and gender based violence
- provide a platform for NGOs to share information, experiences, best practice, and minimise duplication.
Swaziland, similar to the rest of the world, faces the challenge of persistent inequalities between men and women. This situation of inequality persists despite measures taken at national and international levels.
Before 1995, in Swaziland, a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) tried to address these inequalities, but their efforts were fragmented and had a very little impact. NGOs working to reduce gender inequality saw the need to strengthen their efforts through collaboration. This Gender Consortium, therefore, was established in 1995.
The Consortium is composed of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are affiliated to the Coordinating Assembly of NGOs (CANGO) and our key partners – the United Nations Theme Group and the Gender and Family Unit.
The purpose of the Consortium is to become “the VOICE for governance and human rights for CANGO and to also build capacity of other Consortia and members to advocate for these issues as well.
The objectives of the Consortium are:
- to provide a forum for likeminded organisations to have a forum to analyse, research, promote and advocate for governance and human rights as practiced within organisations and in the country at large;
- to coordinate, collaborate and deal collectively with governance and human rights challenges affecting the Constituency served by the NGO community in the country;
- to strengthen the technical capacity of members to base their work on human rights and good governance approaches and values.
CANGO’s HIV and AIDS Consortium is a forum of organizations working to prevent, reduce, and manage HIV and AIDS in Swaziland.
Established in 1999, the Consortium strives to unify and amplify the voice of NGOs working in the HIV/AIDS sector.
Primarily, the Consortium has focused on influencing national policy direction on the pandemic and avoiding programming conflict.
The Consortium now has over 20 members.
The Food Security Consortium (FSC) is made up of nine non-governmental organisations (NGOs). It works in food relief, food security, and development activities. The Consortium is under the leadership — and umbrella — of Swaziland’s peak body for NGOs, the Coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organisations (CANGO).
The Food Security Consortium was founded in 1995. It grew out of efforts by Swaziland’s Government and the NGO sector to deal with the effects of drought — which was hurting the country in early 1990s. Since then, the members of the Consortium have been actively involved in the distribution of food aid and development to drought stricken communities.
CANGO has recently established a new body to support the country’s elections.
More information on the Elections Support Network will be online shortly. Stay tuned…