WHO CAN JOIN BOCONGO
BOCONGO membership is open to all non-governmental or civil society organisations in Botswana.
HOW TO JOIN BOCONGO
By registering with BOCONGO, NGOs and Civil Society Organisations will be associated with integrity, ethics, and values that support the national development plan and broader public good.
- Complete and submit an application form by hand, post or online at www.bocongo.org
- Submit a valid copy of the NGO Certificate of Incorporation from the Registrar of Societies
- Submit a copy of the organization's constitution or relevant founding documents.
- Submit proof of recent activities, such as a copy of a recent brochure or a copy of the most recent annual report. A website address for your organization will is also sufficient.
- Submit a cover letter and resolution. Please note the application should be authorized by the organisation’s board or executive committee.
- Submit a copy of the latest audited financial statements if the organisation has been existing for more than a year.
- Once the completed application and membership registration fees are received, there will be an approval process.
MEMBER BENEFITS AND PRIVELAGES
Membership in BOCONGO provides members access to a range of resources to help them achieve their objectives and also achieve sustainable results. These include:
- Training Workshops – Access to a training opportunities on topics such as Resource Mobilisation, Digital Media for NGOs, Project Management, Proposal Development, Donor Relations, Media Relations, board and other practical issues.
- Access to BOCONGO Website - This offer provides valuable exposure member organisations, their activities and services. The BOCONGO website provides practical information on diverse topics of practical relevance, such as resource mobilisation,governance, strategic management of NGOs, networking, latest developments in the NGO sector, and others.
- Knowledge Management - Members-only Section of the BOCONGO website is an interactive component, accessed via a username and password, which offers several useful features for members, including the Sharing Resources and Multiplying Resources sections, as well as the Membership List and Community Forum.
- The NGO Handbook - a wiki-based work that contains a selection of articles on NGO management and the NGO sector in various nations around the world that were written by a team of academics and civil society practitioners.
- Conferences - BOCONGO provides opportunities for leaders of NGOs to meet, share innovative ideas and practices, and build partnerships that can help the NGOs better fulfill their missions. Panel Discussions and Roundtables are also periodically conducted.
- Publications - Research publications are made available to member organisations. These include Botswana NGO Network News, BOCONGO monthly e-newsletter, and features timely articles on current affairs. Member organisations are encouraged to submit information on their work, best practices and upcoming activities for posting in the newsletter. A subscription to the NGO News is free to members.
- Networking - Networking with other NGO leaders is an indispensable resource for advancing the mission of an NGO, finding resources, establishing partnerships, and promoting professional andpersonal development. BOCONGO provides a unique forum for networking among key leaders of diverse and influential NGOs, as well as affiliated intergovernmental and governmental bodies, universities, and businesses.
- National NGO Awards Program - The BOCONGO Awards program honors NGOs from throughout Botswana that demonstrate exceptional effort, service, innovation and excellence. The awards are presented not only to large, well-known NGOs, but also to smaller NGOs in less developed regions.
- Code of Ethics and Conduct - As part of BOCONGO's effort to strengthen and improve the NGO sector as whole, BOCONGO had developed aCode of Ethics and Conduct for NGOs.
- Voting, Holding Office & Guiding the Work of BOCONGO - BOCONGO is a membership organisation. The members guide the work of the organisation and identify ways in which the organisation can best serve the membership. Members provide a vital role in formulating the direction and work of BOCONGO through voting and holding office in the board of the organisation.
- Helping NGOs Deliver on their Mandate - BOCONGO assists member NGOs by providing support and access to information and resources that can assist them in accomplishing their own mandates relative to creating a better society and world: economically, socially, environmentally, politically and morally. In order to better accomplish their tasks, it is important for NGOs to be recognized by the public, donors, beneficiaries, and potential partners. BOCONGO features NGO members and their activities in its literature, in conference presentations, on its website, and in the NGO News to give them this greater visibility.