CBO challenge: setting up a community organisation

By | 15th July 2017

Setting up an organisation in itself is “easy”. It depends on the country, but it is mainly paperwork to be filled in and sent/registered with different government bodies.

Easy, easy… only when we know what to do…

Information is available… but again, when we know how to find it….

Easy does not mean straightforward or simple.

One issue that people do face is to find the process to create a community organisation. And then, to articulate their aims and objectives. It is to organise their thoughts and express what they want to do and how they want to do it.

Like any paperwork, once we have the frame, it still needs clear writing of the ideas. And the writing process involves discussions and further re-writing. Putting things on paper highlights the flows, generate new ideas or directions that then need to be defined. The writing process can go on for some time until you are satisfied that it does reflect what you have in mind and that you have cover as much steps and areas as possible.

It can also take time to get feedback from the traditional local authorities. Their comments and approval is critical in the success of implementing a local organisation. But they have to carefully review the project, define what is necessary from their perspective, how the project will impact the greater community (not just your area), what can be their own impact and influence, how they can support, and so on.

Once the project is defined on paper, the organisation charter can then be signed by all involved and the registration procedure can start.

Again the registration is not complicated per say. But you have to know all the steps and access all the necessary forms.

One challenge in some areas is as simple as access to computer and printer to have the forms. Or access to postal services, or to the offices that can help…

And, understanding and following the different steps can be challenging. It is easy to get lost in the bureaucracy’s requirements… But there are also guidelines and supporting documents available… if you know how to search for them, access them and can follow them, which might be part of the challenge…




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