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Public Presentation of the Association Sunrise4Africa: WAI Chairman Holds a Conference on the Role of NGOs in the Development of ECOWAS Zone, Uni-CV, Praia, January 30, 2019


Sunrise4AfricaThe Sunrise4Africa Association - for Human and Social Development in Africa - made its public presentation on January 30, 2019 in the Auditorium of the Rectorate of the University of Cabo Verde (Uni-CV). The ceremony which took place in the presence of Prof. Dr. Judite Medina Nascimento, Rector of Uni-CV, brought together civil society, public and private sector actors as well as representatives of research institutions including the West Africa Institute (WAI).

Chaired by Mr. Emanuel António Rodrigues Furtado, Sunrise4Africa is a non-profit private law collective whose main objective is to promote the improvement of people's living conditions through the fight against poverty and social exclusion. Sunrise4Africa is also active in the field of sustainable urban development in communities through the design and implementation of plans, programs and projects for socio-economic and cultural development. Its scope extends from Cabo Verde to other member countries of ECOWAS.

During the Constituent General Assembly, which brought together 20 founding members, the General Assembly Rules of Procedure, the Sunrise4Africa Statutes, the election and appointment of the governing bodies were presented, discussed and approved.

The main objectives of Sunrise4Africa are like follows:

1. Contribute to the reduction of poverty and social exclusion;

2. Contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of local communities and to the sustainable development of cities;

3. Promote volunteering and the participation of the population in national development;

4. Support public entities in the implementation of decent and secure housing programs;

5. Promote ethics, a culture of peace, solidarity, citizenship, human rights and other universal values.

The second highlight of the event was the holding of a conference on Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) through the two successive themes:Sunrise4Africa.JPG 1

- The role of NGOs in the development of Cabo Verde, presented by Dr. Avelino Bonifácio Lopes;

- The role of NGOs in the development of ECOWAS, presented by Ing. José Brito.

The session was moderated by Dr. Isaias Barreto da Rosa, Chairman of the Multisectoral Regulatory Agency of the Economy (ARME) and former ECOWAS Commissioner for Telecommunications and Communication Technologies.

In front of a large and interested public, Dr. Avelino Bonifácio Lopes and Ing. Mr. José Brito and established the history of the creation of NGOs respectively in Cabo Verde and in the ECOWAS zone, presented their specificities at the level of the objectives and explained their mode of action with the state and private actors in favor of the vulnerable, excluded and living populations in the middle disadvantaged in order to ensure inclusive economic development.

The conference concluded with the message of congratulations and best wishes formulated by the Rector of Uni-CV to the Association Sunrise4Africa and the answers given by both speakers to the questions asked by the audience.

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