NGO Management

NGO Suspends Executive Director

Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu has been suspended as the executive director of her parents’ legacy foundation, only weeks after tying the knot.

The board of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation met and unanimously, and quietly, decided to suspend Tutu.

It had threatened to resign en masse if action was not taken to ameliorate the implications of Tutu’s marriage to, Professor Marceline van Furth, a professor with links to her parents’ foundation.

TAC to Raise R10m to Remain Open

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) plans to raise R10 million in November 2014 to keep the organisation afloat, the organisation is relying on public donations, hoping big funders will then follow.

Mark Heywood, one of TAC’s directors states that, “The TAC thinks there is a red light over the country's response to the HIV epidemic," following recent statistics released by the Human Sciences Research Council, which show that in 767 people died each day in South Africa from AIDS related illnesses in 2012, 280,000 in a year.

NGO Merger Will Benefit Africa

Merged non-governmental organisations (NGOs) say they need to pool resources if they are to make a significant difference.

The merger of Irish NGOs, Gorta, and Self Help Africa has created one of the largest nonprofit agricultural organisations in Ireland and Britain.

Gorta was set up in 1965 as an Irish response to a United Nations hunger campaign; Self Help Africa had its genesis in the Ethiopian famine of 1984 and together they will implement programmes in Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso.

Zimbabwe's NGO Sector Feels the Pinch

Zimbabwe’s civil society organisations are reeling from the global financial crisis as donor aid slows down due to the country’s nagging political deadlock which has dragged on for years.

The situation has also led to a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) reportedly scaling down operations because of lack of funding.

The NGO sector is moving away from being a growing sector that is heavily involved in various activities, ranging from social justice, food aid, health services and education to providing water purification tablets during a severe cholera outbreak.

Zambia Speaks Out on NGO Act

The Zambian Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health says it is still awaiting correspondence from the Ministry of Justice on the implementation of the Non-Governmental Organisation Act of 2009.

The ministry’s deputy Minister, Jean Kapata, says the response from the Ministry of Justice would determine the fate of all non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that have rejected to register under the Act.

Kapata says the registration has since closed, adding that the NGOs that are not yet registered will have themselves to blame if deregistered.

Intern Defrauds NGO Over R2.6m

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has obtained a final court order to freeze the bank accounts and assets of a former financial assistant who allegedly defrauded it with over R2.6 million.

The money Sinovuyo Ziyanda Mjali allegedly stole was intended for use in the organisation’s medical humanitarian work among migrants.

The North Gauteng High Court granted a final order freezing the bank accounts and assets of Mjali, pending the finalisation of a sequestration application against her.

Call for Financial Accountability in NGOs

The challenge by former Women for Change executive director, Emily Sikazwe, for the police to investigate leaders of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) accused of abusing donor money deserves serious attention.

Sikazwe made the call when she featured on one of the ZNBC TV interview programme, stating that, “We are cognisant of the fact that the NGOs play an important role in supplementing government efforts in the delivery of services to the people across the country.”

Call to Lift Tax Exemption for NGOs

Zambia’s Non-Governmental Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has appealed to government to rescind its decision on lifting tax exemptions for public benefit organisations (PBOs) through the implementation of Statutory Instrument number 103 of 2013.

NGOCC executive director, Engwase Mwale, says implementing SI 103 will negatively affect people at the grassroots because it will make it harder for the public benefit organisations to assist needy communities.

2014 - Financially Astute?

The CMDS - a registered practice with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants which acts as accounting officers for organisations that choose not to have an independent audit - believes that 2014 is a year for leaders of nonprofit organisations (NPO) to become more financially alert and astute and so be more aware of financial dangers and pitfalls as well as new opportunities for broadening income streams and building financial sustainability.

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