In the past few weeks many NGOs have discovered that their “NPO registration status” with the NPO Directorate has changed to 'de-registered' or 'non-compliant'
Zambia’s government has warned that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that fail to register under the current NGO Act risk being deregistered and will not be allowed to operate.
Community Development Mother and Child Health Minister, Joseph Katema, says that all NGOs should register under the current Act even if they had other licenses for them to be allowed to operate.
Madonna’s Raising Malawi Trust has finally applied to the country’s Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Board for registration. This is according to the Board chairperson, Emily Banda.
The development comes barely four weeks after the Board accused the mega-rich United States pop star of carrying out programmes under an organisation that is not recognised by Malawi.
After a public outcry, nonprofit organisations (NPOs) whose registrations were recently unlawfully cancelled by the Department of Social Development are to have them reinstated. What is not clear is whether the cancellations were part of a sinister agenda. Given that NPOs collect money from the public, registration is desirable, provided it is straightforward and is not abused by the government for political purposes.
The Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini held a meeting with the Ministerial Task Team on Non-Profit Organisations (NPO) to discuss administrative matters relating to the NPO sector, the registration status of NPOs, and also reach agreement on the way forward with regards to de-registration of NPOs that failed to comply with the NPO Act (Act No.71 of 1997).