Due to the changing security situation in Nairobi, Kenya, the 2012 World Congress of NGOs is cancelled.

Nairobi has long had a reputation as a safe haven from the terrorism found in many parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. When Nairobi was selected as the site of the 2012 Congress, the only travel advisories issued were related to the more remote areas of Kenya, and WANGO held a successful conference in Nairobi in 2010. However, all of this began to change in March, as terrorism and threats of terrorism visited Nairobi. We have been made aware by the US Embassy of potential terror attacks targeting Nairobi hotels, with intelligence information showing the planning of the potential attacks to be in the final stages. In addition, several nations have recently changed their travel advisories to now include travel to Nairobi, referencing the high threat of terrorism in Kenya.

Because of this updated information, the Conference Committee has decided that the safety and security of the participants -- which include NGO leaders, governmental officials, and business leaders -- make it prudent to not hold the Congress at this time.

We deeply regret any inconvenience this has caused.


Taj Hamad
Secretary General, WANGO

Join NGO representatives from around the world, as well as prominent international and national leaders from the governmental, intergovernmental and for-profit sectors, for the
2012 World Congress of NGOs.

Exploration of themes of fundamental import for the global non-profit community
Unique opportunity to network with nonprofit, foundation, governmental, and business leaders
Plenary sessions with leading authorities exploring relevant NGO topics
Interactive plenary session to engage in addressing common shared concerns
Special symposia focused on issues of specialized interest
Workshops with experts providing practical training and guidance for NGOs
Panel sessions for NGO representatives to introduce their organizations/activities
Acclaimed NGO Awards Banquet
Roundtables, luncheons and dinners, mixers, tours, and exhibits

I would like to express my congratulations for conducting the excellent conference. I personally found it a stimulating meeting with some excellent papers and the opportunity to meet new and old colleagues alike. The program was particularly well thought out, with just the right balance of plenary sessions, symposia, and workshops

Ehteram M. Nejad
President, Support Network for Single Women
General Advisor, Ladies Charitable Society, Iran

Thank you very much for inviting me to such a wonderful conference. I have come back totally impressed and motivated to continue my work. It was a memorable experience that I will cherish for a long time.

Huma Ahmed-Ghosh
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Women's Studies, San Diego State University, USA

It is one conference that I will never forget. A conference with a difference. It was a place where you are helped to re-assess your activities and address them strategically. It is very refreshing.

Air Cmdr(ret'd)Habiba Garbo
A'I Saleh Development Foundation, Nigeria

It is a great honor for us to have been participants of such a high-level forum. We will take part in further activities of WANGO in order to realize all the aims of WANGO. We’d like to thank you for your high-level reception and sympathetic approach to all the participants of the conference.

Dr. Tofik Rzayev and Mrs. Naila Rzayeva
Centre of Educational Technologies (CET) GUNAR, Azerbaijan

Your invitation to me to introduce our NGO at a workshop has been very positive and a very happy experience. I look forward to many more contacts with you and the numerous new friends I made while being there.

Grainne Kenny
Former International President
Europe Against Drugs (EURAD), Ireland

No matter where we meet, the important thing is that we are all together from all around the world communicating and sharing. That is what made me want to be part of WANGO for as long as I can. It was a rich memorable experience with a lot to learn.

Ghina Arslan
Managing Director
Society of Lebanese Artisanal Cooperative, Lebanon