Increase in Restrictive Laws on Foreign Funding to NGOs

From 1993 to 2012, 39 of the world’s 153 low and middle-income countries enacted restrictive laws on foreign funding to civil society organisations, both domestic and international.

In some cases, these governments banned overseas funding for local actors outright, while in other instances, they imposed new rules restricting which locally-operating non-governmental organisations could receive aid, and for what purpose.

Museveni Signs Controversial NGO Bill

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed a controversial bill that seeks to regulate non-governmental organisations in his country.

Adrian Jjuuko, a Ugandan human rights lawyer, wrote on his Twitter page last month that Museveni signed the Non-Governmental Organisations Act of 2015 on 30 January 2016.

In a similar vein, Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, a Ugandan lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender advocacy group, warned that, “This law will make my work very difficult and outlaw the organisation I work for.

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.

Call for Govt to Rein in Western-Funded NGOs

The Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) MP for Buhera West, Oliver Mandipaka, has challenged government to rein in the country's western funded non-governmental organisations (NGOs), arguing they are now too many and causing confusion in the country.
Mandipaka, a former high ranking police officer, asked the Public Service deputy minister during parliament's question and answer session if government had plans to stop the further spread of NGOs.

NGOs Criticise Uganda’s Draconian Bill

Aid agencies have warned that humanitarian response in Uganda could be severely compromised if parliament adopts a bill that regulates non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and criminalises non-compliance.

If passed, the bill, which is currently before a parliamentary committee, would have ‘catastrophic effects’ on vulnerable communities, a coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) says in a recent position paper.

Ban of NGO's in Malawi Challenged

Malawi’s former justice minister, Ralph Kasambara, triggered debate on social media when he challenged Malawi government through the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Board against shutting down NGOs operating ‘without following proper procedures’, mostly those that are critical to the administration.

Those targeted include Malawi Network of Religious Leaders Living with AIDS, Malawi Health Equity Network, Centre for Development of People and Malawi Economic Justice Network among 320 NGOs that risk closure for failing to register with the NGO Board.

400 Zambian NGOs Register With Govt

Over 400 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have registered with Zambia’s Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health under the new and contentious NGO Act of 2009.

Some NGOs have resolved not to register until all the necessary amendments on what it calls the proposed ‘unconstitutional Act’ of 2009 have been resolved.

While the organisations claim that the Act is retrogressive and is not in their best interest, the government is of the view that the registration process is ongoing and dialogue with NGOs over contentious issues has continued.

Govts Urged to Curb Air Pollution

If South Africa implements the World Health Organisation's landmark resolutions on air pollution, the government will have to take action against polluting companies, including Eskom.
After discussing air pollution for the first time at the World Health Assembly, the United Nations' health body adopted resolutions intended to counter the world's most serious single environmental health risk.

FPB Not Aiming to Censor Internet Usage

The Film and Publication Board (FPB) has refuted rumours that its Draft Online Regulation Policy will censor Internet usage in South Africa.
The FPB says the proposed regulations are to ensure that commercial media distributions do not publish or promote illegal material such as pornography, violence and hate speech outside of the guidelines.
Advocacy group, Right2Know, argues that the draft policy - Draft Policy on Online Regulations - is too vague and open ended to understand who exactly will fall within the limitations of the proposed regulations.

Uganda’s Controversial NGO Bill Criticised

The Ugandan Parliament is due to debate a controversial Bill by government aimed at clipping the influence of non-governmental organisations as the country gears up for the 2016 general elections.

While government argues that the Non-Governmental Organisations Registration (Amendment) Bill 2013 seeks to expand government powers to monitor non-government organisations’ (NGOs) work, its opponents argue that it is intended to erode civil liberties and entrench political intolerance ahead of the general elections.


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