The National Association of Non-Governmental Organizations is a non-political, non-profit making and non-denominational umbrella body of NGOs. Founded in 1962 as the Southern Rhodesia Council of Social Services, mostly catering for social welfare organizations, it was renamed ‘The Voluntary Organization in Community Enterprise’ in 1980.
In 1992 it assumed the name NANGO under the Private Voluntary Organization Act as a welfare organization (W.O.221/68), a name that continues to this day. The organization has over 1,000 registered members segmented into 10 different sectors – Arts and Culture, Children, Disability, Economic, Land and Environment, Health, Humanitarian, Human Rights, Women and Youth. The association has actively coordinated and facilitated collaboration between and among NGOs and other stakeholders, including public and private sectors towards the attainment of national development goals.
For five decades, NANGO has fought for the interests of the poor, the marginalized and the vulnerable by advocating for a positive and enabling operating environment to facilitate a vibrant, pro-active and creative responsive to the social, economic and political development needs of all Zimbabweans. It has five regional administrative offices: Northern Region (Harare Metropolitan and all Mashonaland provinces), Southern Region (Masvingo), Midlands Region, Western Region (Matabeleland North and South and Bulawayo Metropolitan) and Eastern Region (Manicaland).
The National Executive Board consists of five regional representatives and 10 NGO sector representatives. A board member is allowed to stand for elections for two consecutive terms of three years.