The 7th General Assembly of the Romanian NGDO Platform – FOND was held during the 26th-27th of March 2012, in Bucharest (Romania). During the two days, FOND members reflected on the activities carried out in 2011 and their contribution to the field of development cooperation.
Starting from these discussions, several challenges were identified as priorities for the next year: strengthening FOND members’ capacity to implement projects on development cooperation/development education, ensuring multi-annual financial sustainability of the platform, developing the policy and advocacy capacity of both members and the staff (national and European level).
Besides the usual statutory issues (membership, activity reports), the platform members were engaged in several discussion groups on the activities planned for 2012, such as the 5th edition of the Black Sea NGO Forum, Development Education Working Group’s action plan, opportunities to participate in CONCORD WGs. Also, the establishment of a new WG was voted by the GA - Humanitarian Assistance Working Group – requested by several members as to have a better coordination among NGOs working in this field.
Following a tradition established in 2007, the second day of the GA was dedicated to the partnership with the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The new head of the ODA Unit, Mrs. Doina Doroftei, presented the action plan of the MFA for 2012 (including the collaboration with FOND) as well as challenges and future plans for reforming the unit.
In addition, FOND welcomed 5 new member NGOs working in cross-border cooperation, civic participation, development education and migration, adding up to a total of 46 members. This will strengthen FOND’s role to give voice to a diverse spectrum of Romanian civil society organizations working in development cooperation.
For more information about FOND activities, please visit the platform’s website: www.fondromania.org
Information provided by Adriana Zaharia, Communication Officer, Romanian NGDO Platform – FOND