By Rigo Gene Woyie, Secretary General, National Council of Development NGOs

On Wednesday, 8 January 2020, with the support of Forus, the National Council of Development NGOs (CNONGD) of the DRC held a workshop to collect data as part of a study of civil society in Africa. This study is being run jointly with the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK.

Mr Rigo Gene, Secretary General of CNONGD, and Ms Sarah Hénon, Development Manager at Forus, opened the project, which had been proposed by two researchers at CIDT, (Dr) Aurelian Mbzibain and Téodyl Nkuinchua. The specific aim of this workshop was to analyse the current situation of CNONGD, and more generally of the civil society sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This situational analysis is a process of examining and understanding the environment in which the CNONGD exists and operates. This means identifying the stakes, forces and trends that can influence the work of the national platform for development NGOs in the DRC.

During the workshop, facilitators adopted a participative approach using the following tools: timeline, PEST analysis, SWOT analysis, Chapati diagram, force fields and a strengths and weaknesses analysis. This allowed participants to evaluate, in one working day, the current situation of the CNONGD as well as the force fields that underlie actual networking within national and international civil society.

The 16 participants in this workshop came from various NGO members of CNONGD, mainly from CRONGD Kinshasa, and participated actively in group activities and in achieving the objectives they were set. CNONGD, Forus and the experts from CIDT are pleased with the results obtained at the workshop. The data collected and the final recommendations of this study will enable CNONGD to review its strategic plan and Forus International to better understand the dynamics of civil society in Africa.

Following the workshop held in the DRC, the researchers from CIDT intend to visit Chad, Zambia, Botswana, Gambia and Benin to continue the study.