For the first time, the regional organisation is holding its meetings in the Cook Islands at the Marsters House in Tupapa Maraerenga.
Organisations’ chairperson Sarah Thomas-Nededog said they want to find out what they can do to help develop and nurture the work of community-based groups here.
“That is the primary mission, to nurture and support non-government organisation sectors, so they can be strong, vibrant and be representative of the grass roots - the people’s voice, to the government, the businesses and to the community in general,” said Thomas-Nededog.
“We are committed to capacity building to non-government orgs to help spur them on.
“We identify the areas, most in need and what training and technical assistance they can benefit from.
Cook Islands Civil Society Organisation president Keu Mataroa is the vice chairman of the regional group.
Mataroa said they have 114 member groups registered with the Cook Islands Civil Society Organisation.
“We are looking and moving forward,” said Mataroa.
Local member groups have been given the opportunity to present their projects, views and visions to the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organisations at this week’s conference which continues today. Members are welcome to head along and listen to the discussions.