By Pierre Konlani

On Thursday 31 November 2019, the Federation of Non-Governmental Organisations in Togo (FONGTO) released its new 2019-2023 strategic plan, which is aligned with the National Development Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals. The event also marked FONGTO's 43rd anniversary. As well as sharing this strategic plan with development partners, the meeting was an opportunity to look back at all the activities that have punctuated FONGTO’s 43 years, but above all those that will be carried out over the next five years and included in its new strategic plan.

Developed with the aim of increasing the effectiveness of civil society organisations, the 2019-2023 strategic plan consists of three (03) programs: Building partnerships and strategies to influence public policy; Professionalisation and visibility of FONGTO members; Strengthening governance and institutional management, and improving member participation in community life. It includes the following seven (07) projects: Building strategic partnerships and alliances; Influencing national and international public policies; Professionalisation of CSO members in their areas of expertise; Increasing the visibility of members’ actions; Improving member participation and involvement in governance; Strengthening the operational framework for monitoring and evaluation and communication; Increasing human, financial and technical resources.

These programs and projects were built around FONGTO's development vision: "By 2023, FONGTO will be a representative umbrella organisation and a creative force that pools the energies of its members and provides, through the quality of its services for sustainable development, a professionalism framework for NGOs and community associations". 

One of the key actions set out in this plan is the accreditation of Togolese CSOs to help them ensure the effectiveness of their actions, comply with the 8 Istanbul Principles and enhance their credibility. 

Another action is the creation of thematic committees to encourage FONGTO NGO members working in the same domain to share their resources, with support from Forus. 

The Strategic Plan developed is consistent with the expected impact of Priority 3 of Togo’s National Development Plan (NDP).