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​Namibian NGOs Face Bleak Future

The categorisation of Namibia as an upper middle-income country has left many orphanages, charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in a state of limbo as donors have gradually withdrawn financial assistance.
 
This has in turn compelled some organisations to shut their operations, as there no funds to sustain them, leaving vulnerable children and orphans stranded with no place to call home.
 

Foundation Activates 10-Year School Sponsorships

Mining magnate, Patrice Motsepe, has announced his family foundation is activating a pledge to donate R117 5 million over 10 years to promote soccer‚ netball and the arts at schools.

In 2013‚ Motsepe donated half of his family’s wealth to the foundation‚ which has so far funded a range of development projects including the construction of clinics‚ schools and community halls in rural areas as well as bursaries for college and university students.

Namibian NGOs in Need of Donor Funding

According to Lahja Nashuuta, ever since the World Bank elevated Namibia to the upper middle income country status, majority of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country have been struggling to remain afloat as donor funds dry up.

Nashuuta states that since the reclassification of Namibia from the lower-income country to upper–middle income country in July 2009, donors have redirected their funding to country that are classified as more poorer than Namibia, leaving local NGOs in financial squeeze.

Services for South African Rape Victims Come Under Threat

South African newspapers recently reported that organisations supported by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria face severe funding cuts.
This follows a decision from the United States-based organisation to limit its funding to the eight areas in South Africa that have recorded the highest prevalence of HIV.

Call for Mugabe to Apologise to the Nation, NGOs

According to Trevor Saruwaka Mutasa, if Zimbabwe goes hungry it has no capacity to feed its own people and therefore depends on non-governmental organisations and donor countries contrary to the mantra by President Robert Mugabe that they must leave us alone.

Mutasa states that in an article titled ‘food for all is our goal’, the country’s Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Prisca Mupfumira, attempts to pronounce a policy position on who must get this aid by boldly declaring that food is for all.

NGOs Urged to Deal With Corruption First

Zimbabwe’s local government minister, Saviour Kasukuwe, says civil society activists have no business in auditing national programmes such as the youth fund because no one audit NGOs when they loot donor funds.

Kasukuwere was heading the indigenisation ministry in 2009 when government, with the assistance of Old Mutual, disbursed US$11 million for youths' projects which 97 percent of the beneficiaries failed to repay.

Donor Funds: NGOs Fail to Account

According to a senior official of a regulatory board, millions of dollars sent to various non-governmental organisations in Kenya by donors cannot be accounted for.
 
NGO Coordination Board, executive director, Fazul Mohammed Yusuf, says the money, in excess of 23.6 billion Kenyan shillings (about US$224 391 450), could not be accounted for in the 2014 financial year.
 
Yusuf says they are also pursuing some organisations suspected to be financing acts of terrorism.
 

Some NGOs Not Sustainable Beyond Donor Funding

Malawi has almost 500 non-governmental organisations - most of which are funded by international donors - but many of these organisations do not work closely with local communities, so when they leave, projects collapse.
 
After working in the Mulanje district for 15 years, World Vision stopped facilitating a project that provided vulnerable children with school materials and basic healthcare, and the local community with low-cost maize.
 

Nyoni: Govt Suspicious of NGOs

Zimbabwe’s small enterprises minister, Sithembiso Nyoni, has revealed that the state is suspicious of international organisations and donors who are coming to partner with government.

In 2008, the ZANU-PF government banned non-governmental organisations which were distributing food aid in the rural areas, accusing the development agencies of helping the opposition to campaign.

UN to Raise Funds for Zim’s Development

The United Nations (UN) plans to raise $1.6 billion from donors to improve agriculture, food security, health and governance in Zimbabwe between the years 2016-2020.
 
According to a UN resident coordinator in Zimbabwe, Bishow Palajuli, the global agency had raised US$1.64 billion for its Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF), which started in 2012 and ends this year and is now seeking to do the same for the next four year period.
 

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