NGO Management

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.

NGO Calls for Masondo’s Return

The One Voice Hawkers' organisation has demanded the return of former Johannesburg mayor, Amos Masondo.

One Voice spokesperson, Zakes Ramotolana, states that the current mayor, Parks Tau’s mother used to sell tomatoes for a living, however, the mayor has now turned his back against street hawkers.

“Under former mayor Masondo, the hawkers were treated like proper business people … we demand that Masondo comes back and Tau must resign," argues Ramotolana.

NGOs Urged to Become Social Enterprise

As the world coffers appear to gradually dry up at a time when most non-governmental organisations are donor driven, it is about time these so-called non-profit making groups embrace the concept of social enterprise to sustain their projects.

According to an analysis by Tonderayi Matonho, these organisations also need to build positive relations with the people and communities they have assisted for the many years they have been in existence.

NGOs Forced to Work With ZANU-PF

The Community Tolerance Reconciliation and Development (COTRAD) says that ZANU-PF uses memoranda's of understanding to ensure that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) do not have total autonomy when implementing programmes.

COTRAD programmes manager at advocacy group, Zivanai Muzorodzi, says that while NGOs want to conduct their activities impartially, his experiences in the Masvingo Province have shown that this is not always possible.

Hard Times Builds Character

Like it or not, hard times are good for you. The old truth that it builds character, is as valid today as it was years ago when our grandparents told us so. When I think back to the times when I was under pressure, to pass examinations, to submit reports on time, to make plans for the survival of Abraham Kriel Childcare, I experienced both pain and growth. I did not experience unhappiness.

Abraham Kriel Childcare is currently going through a tough period. The situation has forced us to look critically at what we do and how we do it.

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