The NGO Policy Forum has been active and visible in recent months in responding
to government initiatives concerning the NGO Bill and the CG meeting. There is
thus much learning by doing and a growing awareness within the CSO and NGO
communities of the need for an organization such as the Forum.
The NGO Policy Forum represents a diverse range of organisations with a diverse
range of interests. It may not always be possible for it to speak with one voice
but it should be possible for several different voices to speak from a common
Our main recommendation is that the Forum should set aside time to negotiate
with its members and potential members countrywide on an ongoing basis. The
various checklists and frameworks presented in this and earlier papers are
offered as tools to help structure and frame the negotiations.
It is perhaps best to think of the Forum not as a bridge to be built to a
predetermined blueprint, but rather as an infant to be nurtured to evolve in a
spirit of community, partnership and social justice