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The Sudan NGOs Forum is a voluntary and independent body that supports the NGOs and CSOs in Sudan to effectively respond to Sudan's humanitarian and development needs. All the Sudan CSOs and NGOs are registered with the government regardless of ethnic background, political affiliation, or religious belief. The forum is open to more members to join based on the below pre-defined criteria.

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Why this forum is different?

As of the current law of HAC 2021, This body is only the body registered as Forum representing NGOs and CSOs in Sudan. The other existing bodies are all registered as networks that are now part of this Forum. The Forum approach is to ensure inclusivity, diversity, openness, transparency, and accountability throughout its works. The Forum currently is physically present through its member organizations and covers geographically all the states of Sudan. We have state coordination committees in all the states of Sudan to facilitate the coordination, information, advocacy, and dialogue engagement at local levels where such a forum is needed the most. This makes it different than the other existing network which only present in Khartoum. The Forum has an independent secretariat that being managed by Director to represent the Forum members.

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During the rule of the former regime in Sudan, there was limited coordination and information exchange between Sudanese organizations for 30 years, due to the close monitoring and involvement of the former regime to control the work of civil society in the country. Officials at the Humanitarian Aid Commission reported that there are more than 2,000 national NGOs registered in Sudan as of December 31, 2020. Most NGOs are inactive or operate with limited capacity providing humanitarian and development services in remote areas. It is estimated that NGOs active in providing multi-sectoral services are less than 100 organizations across Sudan. In many cases, these active NGOs are the frontline responders to the needs of the population, providing various humanitarian services, however, these efforts remain unknown, unrecognized and unreported due to the lack of a recognized body to carry out effective coordination and joint efforts On advocacy, dialogue and engagement with policy and decision makers at the local, national and international levels. In many cases, NGOs have felt that they are not participating/consulted in decisions made by government, donors and UN agencies that directly affect their participation, programs and operations and thus limit their ability to grow. Several challenges such as staff resignations due to low wages, unfair or partial partnerships between INGOs and Sudanese NGOs, hyperinflation and devaluation of the national currency, ad hoc procedures/policies issued by HAC, and other government entities have affected the day-to-day operations of the organisations. non-governmental. Also, the lack of a unified NGO body had an impact on donors and the UN level, the policies drawn up by these important bodies felt mostly favoring international organizations while national NGOs were relegated to the role of secondary outlet for the implementation of activities, thus this had an impact Negative on the sustainability of activities and capacity building of NGOs Due to market competition and a lack of standardized procedures and training, national NGOs suffered from inefficiencies at the leadership, technical, and managerial levels. Irregularities in the capacities of many NGOs created mistrust within the sector and further influenced attitudes for its continuity and sustainability.

In January 2020, a group of NGOs, led by 4 organizations, decided to (UPO, Alshroog, PODR, GFO) Create a platform for national NGOs at the Khartoum level to address some of the issues and challenges mentioned above. The objective of the NGO Platform is to bring together the most active NGOs to improve the participation, representation and performance of CSOs in Sudan. The NGO Platform will seek to guide its member organizations to work according to a set of standards that are known and accepted for the humanitarian and development sector. These standards will be reviewed and revised twice a year to include and reflect the real operational issues faced by NGO Platform members. Capacity development procedures, guidelines and training courses will be developed/defined and provided to members of the NGO Platform on a regular basis.

Ibrahim Mody
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