Despite the National Lottery Board accumulating billions of rands every year, the National Lotteries Distribution Fund (NLDF) has been ineffective in providing support to the needy. This is according to Shelagh Gastrow, director of Inyathelo — The South African Institute for Advancement.
Gastrow says the NLDF and the National Development Agency (NDA) have not been meeting their mandates, as defined in law, of addressing South Africa’s development challenges.
She says the NDA and the NLDF’s scope of their funding is limited and beneficiary constituencies appear to have no say in the strategies of these agencies.
In the same vein, four NGOs; the Social Change Assistance Trust, the Community Development Resource Agency, Inyathelo and the Rural Education Access Programme, have launched a research project to analyse the funding practices of the two agencies. The research will enable the non-profit sector to contribute to defining principles of good funding practice.
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