The Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA) convened its regional working group on the 23rd of November to discuss common trends and challenges for civil society in their respective contexts, and identify priority areas of action for the network during the ICSW in Johannesburg. Ilina Nesik presented the work of BCSDN as for the moment BCSDN is the only regional network affiliate member at AGNA.
The aim of the regional meetings was to set up informal networks of networks in each of the regions represented in AGNA. The sessions focused on the discussions of common trends, challenges and opportunities per regional area in order to identify regional priorities and an agenda of action.
These regional meetings allowed AGNA members to set the ball rolling, start the exchange of ideas and knowledge, share examples and case studies, and begin to build a network of people looking to influence and to make a change with a regional focus.
The Annual General Meeting took place as well, where a new steering committee was elected and a discussion on the role of National Associations in promoting an enabling environment and civic participation was held.