The Citizens Engagement Platform Seychelles (CEPS) was created on the 8th November 2014, through a dissolution and establishment vote by the General Assembly of the Liaison Unit of Non-Governmental Organisations of Seychelles (LUNGOS) . LUNGOS had been in existence for 25 years.
LUNGOS was a platform for NGOS, whereas CEPS is the platform for civil society.
The mission of CEPS unfolds, into relevant working themes, which include: providing common ground for Civil Society participation in development, enabling overall growth and development of the Civil Society sector, capacity development, Inter-organizational/sector networking and liaison, partnership facilitation, policy engagement and the delivery of some essential services to the sector.
Those themes are further deployed into Key Strategic Areas:
• Representation of the interest of the Seychelles Civil Society/NGO Community
• Information and Research Services
• Administrative Support Services Advisory / Consultancy Services
• Capacity Development Services
• Partnering and Policy Engagement Services
• Accreditation Services
• Collaborative Facilitation Services
• Projects and Events Management Services
Currently, over 40 of the active Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Seychelles are affiliated to CEPS. They are clustered into eight different Thematic Commissions according to areas of intervention and focus.CEPS is the national platform for Civil Society in Seychelles, establishing itself as representative of the collective interest of Civil Society Organisations and the voluntary sector in Seychelles. It is affiliated to CIVICUS and SADC-CNGO.
CEPS acts as interface with state and non state actors nationally and internationally, to create added value and bring benefit to the community at large. CEPS is taking on the key role in voicing the needs and concerns of the country’s civil society and in advocating greater civil society involvement in national development and decision-making.
CEPS is consulted by international bodies such as IMF, ADB, World Bank, EU as they seek inputs of civil society organisations on various development issues.
CEPS is dedicated to enhancing the role and capacity of Civil Society to effectively contribute in policy processes and national development initiatives. In addition to its numerous functions CEPS also provides an array of training and capacity development activities for the Third Sectors.
To date, CEPS has permanent seats on a number of National Boards and Committees.