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Sierra Leone Association of Non-Governmental Organisations convenes bi-annual general meeting in Bo this Thursday

The Sierra Leone Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (SLANGO) will convene its 13th Bi-annual General Meeting (BGM) on the 25th and 26th November 2021on the theme ‘Defining Genuine Partnership and Collaboration in National Development’. This BGM will be held at the Haikal Hall situated at no.1 Zainab Avenue along the Koribondo highway in Bo city.

The AGM will bring together over 200 national non-governmental organisations (NNGOs) and 76 internationalnon-governmental organisations (INGOs) operating in the country.

According to SLANGO’s National Coordinator Shellac Davies, the goal of this BGM is to primarily address challenges to the sustainability of the Association. She said the BGM will also discuss reforms the Association needs to undergo and develop initiatives on strengthening bilateral cooperation and collaboration between and among NGOS and the Government of Sierra Leone.

She said the Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Francis Kaikai would deliver the keynote address; and a few presentations would be made by the Director of NGO Affairs in the ministry and another by a Committee Member on the SLANGO Functionality Report. Also, the SLANGO secretariat would present its five-year report to the general membership. 

SLANGO was established in April 1994 to coordinate all humanitarian and development activities of national and international NGOs operating in the country. The Association was to later serve as the liaison between the Government of Sierra Leone and NGOs, donor agencies and the general UN family in the country.

Following the ratification of its new constitution at its last BGM in 2017, it was agreed that SLANGO should hold the next BGM in 2020. But due to the coronavirus outbreak coupled with the government imposition of lockdowns and restrictions on public gatherings, it was impossible to convene the BGM as stated. Consequently, the BGM due last year was deferred to this November.    

It is observed that most SLANGO members are excited to attend this year’s BGM despite a dispute that persisted earlier as a result of some INGOs wanting to break away and form a parallel structure.

With all of this at play, the SLANGO Board and Secretariat have encouraged all paid-up SLANGO members to attend the BGM and be committed to addressing these issues once and for all. 

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