BACKGROUND

The Tuvalu Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (TANGO) was established in 1986 with 7 members. The key aim for its establishment was to assist NGOs in accessing information and attracting resources for development into the country. Through consensus among the 7 members, TANGO immediately assumes the role of an “umbrella body” for NGOs/CBOs in Tuvalu and to operate as a not-for-profit organisation. From 1986 to 1997, TANGO received sporadic financial assistance, which included funding from the Commonwealth Foundation, the Pacific Concern Resource Centre, New Zealand ODA, AusAID and the Government of Tuvalu. This funding assistance was for disaster preparedness, gardening projects, sexual health training and attendance at overseas meetings related to the projects.

As demand on TANGO’s assistance towards member organisations increases, it was immediately apparent to the same member organisations that an office and a full-time staff should be recruited to manage its affairs. This obvious need was finally achieved in 1998 with funding from the Australian Foundation for Asia and the Pacific. This funding enabled TANGO to employ a Coordinator, rented an office space and purchased a computer. From then on, membership increased to 21 and by the end of December 2008 TANGO’s total members stood at 48 with a noticeable increase coming from the outer islands. TANGO management staff also increased in 2008 from one Coordinator to 8 specialized staff (including expatriates) and renting a bigger office space. Also, in the same year, TANGO and its members are working on more than 250 community projects with approved project funds ranging from AU$1,000 to as much as AU$1 million.

 

Within this large basket of financial assistance towards TANGO, most contributions came from the 4 year (2002 – 2006) VSO/EU funded NGO Capacity Building “Pacific Skills Link (PSL)” Programme. It was also this programme that contributed major funding and technical assistance, providing much needed trainings and general capacity for Tuvaluan NGOs and CBOs, with overflowing benefits to the Tuvalu community. The increased cooperation, coordination and networking between donors, the Government of Tuvalu and NGOs at the national, regional and international level throughout 2008 can be said to have marked the peak of TANGO’s activities.

In 2008, TANGO lost its 2 VSO (expatriates) volunteers when they returned to their home country at the end of their extension year under the PSL programme. TANGO was also unprepared for the exit of three of their local staff – a Coastal Programme Officer of one of the very short-term projects in TANGO, who left with the end of their particular project; TANGO’s local Training Officer, who left for further studies in New Zealand; and TANGO’s focal Project Development Officer, who migrated to Australia.

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Te Fakamalu o Fakapotopotoga ‘se aofia i te Malo (TANGO) ne fakatuu i te 1986 ne Fakapotopotoga e 7.  E tutasi te fakamoemoe ne fakatuu ei te Fakamalu tenei ko te mea ke mafai o fesoasoani ki Fakapotopotoga ‘se aofia i te Malo i te fakamauaga o fakamatalaga, fesoasoani ki mea tau atiakega i loto i tou Atufenua. Mai i te maliega o vasega e 7 konei, ne fakatuu aloaia ei te Foitino tenei ke fai mo Fakamalu o fakapotopotoga ‘se aofia i te Malo.

 

Mai i te 1986 ki te 1997, te TANGO e masani o maua ne ia a fesoasoani tau tupe se tumau, e aofia ei fesoasoani mai i Niusila, Ausitalia, Te Malo Kaufakatasi maise loa ei te Malo o Tuvalu. A fesoasoani konei ne fakatupegina ei a polotieki ki mea tau Fakalavelave Tupu, Faiga o Fatoaga, Akoakoga mo Kauvaka pela foki mo te fakatupega o Malaga ki fonotaga i tua atu o Tuvalu.

 

Ona me ko lavea atu te fanofano ki mua mo te naunau o Fakapotopotoga ko la e ‘se aofia i te Malo, ne fakanaka ei te manatu ko te mea ke fakatuu loa se tino galue tumau o fai a galuega maise ko fakamoemoega o te Fakapotopotoga. Te fakamoemoega tenei ne mafai o fakataunuugina i te 1998 kae ne fakatupegina ne te Fakapototpoga a Ausitalia, Asia mo te Pasefika. Te fesoasoani tenei ne mafai o togi (rent) ki ei te ofisa, te togi o te tino galue pela foki mo te komputa.

 

Mai i te taimi tena, ne fanaka te fuainumela o Fakapotopotoga mai i te 7 – 21, kae i te fakaotiga o te 2008 ne fanaka ei ki te 48 ana Fakapotopotoga mai lalo o tena Fakamalu. I te tausaga foki loa tena (2008),  oko ei ki te toko 8 tino galue i te TANGO. I te vaitaimi tena ne mafai o oko ki te 250 polotieki kamata mai i te $1,000 AUS – 1M.

 

Te tapola tupe tenei te lasiga e aumai i te alagatupe fakapitoa a Eulopa (EU) tela e tusa mo te 4 tausaga (i lalo i tena polokalame e taku ko te “Pacific Skills Link (PSL).” Tenei te alagatupe lasi tela ne lasi kii tena fesoasoani ki te faiga o akoakoga ko la e taugatonu loa mo te atiakega o Fakapotopotoga ‘se aofia i te Malo. Te vaitau tenei i te tala tuku fakasalo o te TANGO, ko te vaitau tela ne oko te TANGO ki te tumutumu o ana galuega faka tino. I te 2008 foki loa ne foki ei a voluntia mai tua kola ne fakatupegina  i te PSL. Mai tua ifo, e tokotasi o ana tino galue ne fano o akoga i Niusila, mo te sua ofisa ko olo mo tena kaiga ki Ausitalia. 

 

Ki luga i Palani a te TANGO, tena Palani muamua ne fakatoka mot e 2001 – 2004, te lua o Palani ne fakatoka mo te 2005 – 2008, te tolu o palani ne faite mo te 2009 – 2013. Te palani tenei (2018 -2022) ko te fa o Palani a te TANGO. Te fa o palani tenei ko taumafai loa o fakasaga tonu ki tulaga o Mafulifuliga o Tau o Aso. Te Palani tenei ne faite mo te fakamoemoega, ke fakatoka ki ei, fakapotopotoga mo vasega ko la e ‘se aofia i te Malo ko te mea ke mafai o fakatoka o agai a Mafulifuliga o Tau o Aso kole e pokotia ei tou Atufenua foliki penei.