Sunday, May 26, 2019

" Leadership is an act of convening. "

~ Anonymous

Eastern Cape Non-Governmental Coalition

The Eastern Cape Non-Governmental Coalition (ECNGOC) believes that development in the Eastern Cape Province is progressing far too slowly. The relationship between government and community is not functioning as well as it should, and the ideal of “walking together” is leaving too many stragglers in its wake. It is up to Civil Society Organisations to prove their resourcefulness by rallying people – citizens and government alike – to work together and become more focused and active as participants in their own development.

The ECNGOC was established in 1995 as a collective of non-governmental, faith and community based organizations committed to changing conditions for the worst affected in South Africa. The ECNGOC is recognised as the most representative structure of the development sector in the Eastern Cape Province. It plays a significant advocacy role in many consultative stakeholder forums and government-led development structures and processes.

The Provincial office, based in East London, develops and implements a range of projects under the programme focus areas of Socio-economic Transformation, Leadership Development, and Learning and Information-sharing. A key purpose of these programmes is to enhance members’ ability to understand and influence development policy and practice.

ECNGOC is an ardent supporter of Asset-Based Community Development methodologies and, as well as overseeing a number of ABCD projects in the Eastern Cape, runs training courses on this development approach.



VisionThe ECNGOC exists because it acknowledges the transformational value of a society where citizens exercise their rights; where they engage effectively in democratic processes and practices, and where they proactively contribute to the development processes affecting their lives.


MissionThe ECNGOC works with and supports its membership – encouraging these organisations, in turn, to stimulate and promote learning within their networks. The ECNGOC works to build and strengthen Civil Society’s ability to play a strong and vibrant role in the development processes affecting socio-economic transformation in their communities.

The ECNGOC’s Work

The ECNGOC’s work is directed by five focus areas, which are guided by the ECNGOC Code of Ethics, are entrenched in rights-based, gender, and pro-poor philosophies, and promote ubuntu. These focus areas are:
  • Advocacy and networking,
  • Training,
  • Information dissemination,
  • Mentoring, and
  • Research.
From each of these focus areas stem a number of interventions. Approaches used in these interventions include:
  • Helping people understand and analyse problems and investigate solutions from proven and new angles.
  • Facilitating focus/sector group formations and creating platforms for dialogue and debate.
  • Strengthening the participation of members to influence policy.
  • Developing informed position statements on various issues of socio-economic concern.
  • Mobilising support for an issue or action.
  • Holding policymakers accountable.
  • Developing and maintaining strategic relationships at local/national levels to influence policy and practice.
  • Facilitating representation and participation of our members at strategic forums.
  • Enhancing leadership capabilities within our membership, enabling them to better influence policy and practice.
  • Facilitating organisational development support for sustainability.
  • Facilitating programmatic and organisational mentoring (peer-learning).
  • Coordinating research, learning events and opportunities, partnering as needed with other agencies.
  • Listening and learning from our membership and sharing skills and experience with others.
  • Documenting and disseminating information, news, and lessons learned.

ECNGOC Values Sets

All of the ECNGOC’s programmes are underpinned by the ECNGOC Code of Ethics and are directed by Rights-Based, Gender and Pro-Poor values sets, and by the concept of ubuntu. These values sets are complex, but can be summarised as follows:


The Rights-Based approach to development believes that poverty is the manifestation of unfulfilled rights. This involves engaging in upstream strategies to promote social change. NGOs promoting a Rights-Based approach are commonly advocacy- oriented, mobilising communities around various social justice campaigns. The Rights-Based Approach tends to focus on the realisation of second-generation rights such as shelter, health care, water, food and social security as provided for within Section 26 and 27 of South Africa’s Bill of Rights.


The ECNGOC believes that the empowerment of women is a ‘given’ as part of the organisations core business. It means that addressing women’s as well as men’s concerns and experiences are a conscious part of ‘unpacking’ the issues we grapple with around poverty and development. The influence and unique circumstances relating to gender should be naturally considered in policies and programmes at political, economic and societal spheres leading to a reversal of inequality.


Growth alone is not enough to reduce poverty. The centre of discussion, policies and planning should reduce inequality by benefiting the poor proportionally more than the non-poor. ECNGOC works towards the socio-economic transformation of society, recognising that poverty not only is an economic issue, but also manifests on social, environmental and psychological spheres of individuals and communities. Sustainable development recognises the interconnectedness of these spheres, and that all must be considered in unison in any poverty-focussed intervention.


“A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished; when others are tortured or oppressed” ~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Principles of the ECNGOC Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics of the ECNGOC is aimed at establishing good practice by members in delivering services of excellence for the ultimate good of all South Africans. The Code of Ethics therefore requires members to adhere to the outlined principles and values by signing it upon accepting membership. It embraces the following principles:

(a) Values

Recognising the diversity of their activities, member organizations share a common value system one that is based on a collective desire to combat poverty and inequality, to advance and improve the lives of our people. Members commit themselves to upholding statutes relating to the values underpinning their work.

(b) Governance

Member organisations, additionally, recognise the need to operate within a framework of clearly defined structures of governance. This includes ensuring that members work according to well-defined objectives and principles, with transparent organisational leadership and management structures that support the implementation of each member organisation’s activities.

(c) Accountability

Furthermore, members commit to an enshrined culture of participation, transparency and accountability which reflects a commitment to the promotion of democratic ideals. This involves ensuring the participation of all relevant stakeholders in the planning and evaluation of programmes and creating spaces for giving feedback on their work.

(d) Management and Human Resources

The Code of Ethics also recognises that the effectiveness of member’s work is dependent on human capacity and skilled leadership. Members therefore commit themselves to appropriate management practices. They do this by continually reviewing their mission, vision, objectives and operations to align themselves with changing social, economic and political circumstances.

(e) Finances

Through signing the Code of Ethics, members highlight that proper and sufficient financial management strategies and systems are essential to ensure the appropriate use of funds and accountability to donors and other stakeholders. Upholding this principle involves accepting that proper accounting and auditing practices are undertaken, appropriate finance management policies are put in place and adhered to and that any mismanagement of organisational funds is dealt with by law.

(f) Resources

Finally, members commit to maintain the original values of efficiency and cost-effectiveness; which requires the systematic management of organisational assets. To this end, the implementation of internal procedures and controls shall be pursued.

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