The first half of 2013 has been busy for African consumer organisations., says CI's Head of Africa Onica Makwakwa.
Following their participation in the research on organisational sustainability and CI’s renewed focus on organisational empowerment, African consumer organisations in all corners of the region are getting their structures in shape for effective leadership as the voice for consumers in Africa.
The CI Office for Africa is pleased to welcome the following organisations as Full Members of CI after years of participation as Affiliates:
• Consumers Association of Burundian/Association Burundaise des Consomateurs (ABUCO)
• Consumer Advocacy Organisation (CAO) in Nigeria
• Kenya Consumers Organisation (KCO)
• National Consumer Forum (NCF) in South Africa
• Namibia Consumer Trust (NCT)
As more organisations prepare to upgrade to Full Membership, the team in the Africa office continues to forge relationships with new consumer organisations including in countries where CI currently has no Members such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Swaziland.
Member Services Officers, Cathy Rutivi and Xaverine Ndikumagenge, stand ready to assist with new applications, membership upgrades and cultivation of prospective members in the region.
Furthermore, we have completed organisational assessments of Members in Ghana, Senegal and Nigeria through a project funded by the Open Society Initiative of West Africa.
During this next phase, we look forward to implementing training and technical support for enhancing the capacity of CAC in Ghana, ADEC in Senegal and CAO in Nigeria and subsequently opening up the resources to even more organisations within the West Africa hub and throughout the region.
In the meantime, we invite all African consumer advocates to connect with each other on the African Consumers International Facebook.