For over 30 years, PIANGO has served the Pacific through strengthening and building the capacity of NGOs and the civil society sector through giving the sector a voice in policy formulation and strengthening its member umbrella organisations in the 25 Pacific countries and territories.
As a regional network of NGO coordinating bodies known as National Liaison Units (NLUs) based in 25 Pacific Island countries and territories. PIANGO was formally established in 1991 to assist NGOs in the Pacific to initiate action, give voice to their concerns and work collaboratively with other development actors for just and sustainable human development.
PIANGO’s primary role is to be a catalyst for collective action, to facilitate and support coalitions and alliances on issues of common concern, and to strengthen the influence and impact of NGO efforts in the region.
PIANGO has taken significant steps to increase its profile and establish itself as an effective support organisation to NGOs throughout the Pacific. Activities over the past years have come under the following programme areas; Information Sharing, Capacity Building, Strengthening Key Relationships, and Ensuring Quality Performance.
Our network of national umbrella organizations across the region continues to work toward supporting enabling environments and their membership at the national level. We continue to give the sector a voice to policy formulation and development and strengthening National Liaison Unit (NLU) or the umbrella organisations in the 23 member countries of the Pacific.
PIANGO is the major regional non-governmental organisation with membership at the National level in this case in the 25 Countries and territories of the Pacific Islands.
With its membership network spread across the biggest ocean of the world, this has brought many challenges including the high cost of transportation, limited accessibility to communication systems, and the weak interest by in development partners to support civil society work both at national and regional level, it further demonstrates the lack of understanding of the role and contribution of civil society to extend and make services accessible to the poor and marginalised sector of our society.
The re-emergence of PIANGO had developed this strategic framework incorporating all the learning from its journey to map out it future direction focusing on the following priority areas:
- Strengthening CSO Platform in the Pacific
- Development Effectiveness
- Pacific Developmental Leadership
- Evidence-based Policy Advocacy
- CSO Capacity Strengthening
The 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan of PIANGO sets out a dynamic vigorous robust direction of development for Civil Society Sector grounded on understanding the Pacific context. This plan envisage that PIANGO will facilitate the building of Pacific Expert, Pacific ideas to find Pacific Solutions for Pacific Issues within Pacific Context for Civil Society exercising leadership for a just and peaceful Pacific community.