Neno supports local civil society organizations that want to contribute to a better governance of natural resources. The identified partner organizations are characterized by a high degree of integrity and motivation for their activities. Neno offers technical advice in the planning and implementation of selected projects and activities. As the local organizations are often little known internationally, Neno facilitates the connection to an international network of NGO and funding opportunities.
Neno supports projects which can develop an important leverage effect at low cost. This includes investigative research on governance problems, which are published locally and internationally. On this basis our Congolese partner organizations have a channel to promote sound and effective advocacy work aimed at their government and the international community. Thereby they can establish themselves as an important and serious mouthpiece of the Congolese population and effectively defend their concerns. Neno can itself run campaigns on an international level.
The association Neno wants to contribute to the beneficial extraction of minerals of the Great Lakes region to promote economic and social development of the Congolese population.
Neno simply means “word” in Kiswahili, the most widespread lingua franca in Central and East Africa.
“Neno” also designates the vision of our association which is to use the power of words to counter the power of violence that prevails in the Great Lakes region. In this sense, Neno stands for:
- Rule of law instead of corruption
- Justice instead of arbitrariness
- Elucidation instead of manipulation
- Arguments instead of weapons