Mandate of the Somalia NGO Consortium
The THE NGO CONSORTIUM FACILITATES THE EXCHANGE, PRODUCTION AND PROVISION OF INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS TO MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS ON OPERATIONAL AND STRATEGIC ISSUES, AND CREATES A PLATFORM FOR CARRYING OUT JOINT ADVOCACY ISSUES.
The original mandate was officially adopted by members in 2006 and has been effective since January 2007. It was subsequently updated in 2011 and 2013 and has been in effect in this present version from 1 February 2014.
The Somalia NGO Consortium was first established in 1999 to improve international aid coordination and raise the presence and profile of non-governmental organisation (NGO) representation within the aid coordination structure for Somalia. Starting as a loose network of NGOs in Nairobi, Kenya, the group focused on information exchange, debates and selected advocacy. Based on this original premise, over the years the Consortium evolved, continuing to engage in ongoing information exchange between members while also acting as a channel for non-NGO stakeholders to share information with the membership. In 2005, the Consortium, wishing to improve their loose structure, commissioned a Mandate review intended to help position itself more clearly within the aid structures for Somalia and Somaliland. This resulted in the 2006 Mandate, which was endorsed in November 2006 and came into effect January 2007. However, shortly after the Consortium review was completed in 2006, substantive changes began to take place in Somalia and within the aid structures.