NGOs to benefit from the upcoming first ever combined Expo

Local and international Non-Governemantal Organisations (NGOs) operating in Rwanda are expected to showcase their work to the public and what they contribute toward socio-economic development of the country.

The two day expo will take place at Kigali conference and exhibition center-Camp Kigali from March 1-2, 2018 and will host over 100 NGOs.

Currently, about 30 NGOs have registered. The contribution to showcase for one NGO is Rwf 350,000 which is paid cash, or within the deadline of February 20, 2018.

This contribution will allow them to showcase and brand their activities and they will be given free training on project and funding management after assessing the opportunities and challenges they face while at work.

For one extra person sent by an NGO, she/he will pay Rwf 20,000 as an additional contribution to access the training and attend the conference; but an NGO that need to attend only the conference and training without showcasing will pay Rwf 50,000.

The visitors’ entrance and access is free of charge.

According to Ignatius Kabagambe, the Chief Executive Officer of Apex Media and Promotions who is heading the Exhibition, the exhibition is being planned in partnership with Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) and Rwanda Civil Society Platform.

“This Expo aims at building a platform in which local and international NGOs as well as government entities will be able to share experience in a bid to build the success in what they do,”

Ignatius Kabagambe, the Chief Executive Officer of Apex Media and Promotions (C) with valentine Mukanyarwaya and Edmond Kagire briefing the media about the upcoming Expo. (Courtesy).

This ever combined NGO Expo will be held in Rwanda the first time but will be held every year.

“It will base on availing solutions to the current gaps facing NGOs and communities with the assistance of development partners,” said Valentine Mukanyarwaya, one of the organizers of the expo.

On the sidelines of the Expo will also be feature thematic workshops tailored to address NGO priority topics for the benefit of NGO staff on the first day.

On day two, an all-day high level conference of over 500 participants with the theme:  ‘Two decades of Humanitarian action in Rewanda. Fostering NGO Collaboration and partnership that work,’ and sub-themes that will draw expert discussions on achievements, challenges and lessons learnt along the two decades of humanitarian action in rebuilding Rwanda shall take place.

“The NGO Expo and conference provides a unique opportunity for the different civil society stakeholders from different sectors and dialogue on the pertinent issues affecting their operations and performance to further map the way forward together,” said Papa Diouf, the Chairman of the Network of International NGOs (NINGO) operating in Rwanda.

Jean Leonard Sekanyange, president of Rwanda Civil Society platform said “this strategic engagement is one of the mechanisms we hope will consolidate the existing good understanding between the NGOs, Civil Society Organizations and Government on matters of governance and development that are of mutual concern,”

The NGO Expo is organized by Apex Media and Promotions in partnership with Rwanda Civil Society Platform (RCSP), collaborating with Rwanda Governance Board and the network of international NGOs in Rwanda.

By Elias Hakizimana @theinspirerpubl

 

 

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