The second element is that ACBAR has gradually changed from being a forum representing only international NGOs to a forum representing both national and international NGOs. This is due to the development of experienced national NGOs who have realized the value of being part of ACBAR. The voice of national NGOs is also reflected in the members of Steering Committee and by the Chairperson, traditionally elected from a national NGO.
A third element is the importance of the good reputation that ACBAR has built up over the years. All NGO members are required to sign a Code of Conduct when they join as members committing their organisation to certain principles. ACBAR is also considered to be a reliable, independent body by Government, UN, donors and other stakeholders and appreciated not only for information sharing and advocacy services that it provides but also for its contribution to Government policy development and its capacity building programmes for the wider NGO community.
The NGO members of ACBAR have continued to provide assistance and support in many different sectors to people in need over the last 30 years. What has been the impact on local communities? During 2018 ACBAR will plan different events round the country to mark the achievements of NGOs over the last 30 years and to identify what more can be done. Join with us in these discussions and celebrations!
Fiona Gall, Director