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REPAOC (Network of West and Central African NGO National Platforms) is OUR network and we are committed to its priorities!

Carine Logbe MOBIO, REPAOC Programme Manager

On 18-19 December 2017, REPAOC held a workshop in Saly (Senegal) on leadership and strategic planning intended for managers of national platforms which are members in our network. The objectives of this workshop were to reinforce the sense of belonging to NGO national platforms vis-à-vis REPAOC and to jointly compile a draft action plan 2018-2020 to promote greater commitment of managers to the REPAOC priorities.
In fact, during these two days, the executive directors of NGO national platforms from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo reflected on the mechanisms and means to engage in REPAOC’s priorities. They also looked at ways to develop bilateral or multi-lateral partnerships between the various platforms.
At this point we should underline that this initiative was the result of self-evaluations within REPAOC, carried out by IFP in 2014 and 2016.

The aims of REPAOC for 2018-2020 revolve around three main pillars, namely: Increase membership; become involved in public debate at a regional level on subjects of common interest such as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), manage and animate the network. In addition; the construction and consolidation of these pillars will be based on the activities of feedback, reinforcing capabilities, developing operational and strategic partnerships and finally on the mobilisation of expertise within the network.
This first edition of REPAOC’s workshop for executives, organised by Mr Olivier Consolo (former executive director of CONCORD), was carried out with the technical support of IFP and ACTED and with the financial support of the European Union and the French Development Agency.

At this point we should underline that this initiative was the result of self-evaluations within REPAOC, carried out by IFP in 2014 and 2016 respectively, within the “project to support the networks of NGO platforms in West and Central Africa”.

The conclusions of these different self-evaluations strongly recommended that the executives of member platforms in REPAOC should be taken into account and involved in defining REPAOC’s priorities because they are the first stage of actions in networks at a national level.

The second edition is scheduled for the end of 2018. From now on, we must work to focus REPAOC more on the actual situation in its member countries.