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Presidential aide Mabvuto Bamusi says President is committed to broaden #civicspace and guarantees to protect and promote human rights, But...
NGOs also have responsibilities as well as rights. Refers to recent demonstrations, death of police officer and vandalism of property.
And refers to amount of off budget support. 152 billion kwacha. (Only a portion of this in practice goes to NGOs). #NGOConferenceMw
Hon. Savel Kafwafwa MP for Dedza North says need more sharing of information with district governments about projects NGOs are implementing #transparency #NGOConferenceMw
Chair of Uganda NGO Bureau says NGOs have consistently challenged Govt to be more accountable. Says NGOs also need to be accountable. #NGOConferenceMw
Says NGOs should account to all stakeholders - to affected populations, to donors and also to government. Important for improved performance, increased trust. Also says there are perceptions that some NGOs are secretive and undemocratic.
High Commissioner @HollyTett says #civicspace is the bedrock of any democratic society. @UKinMalawi
"Development is not going to be equitable, sustainable or inclusive where #civicspace is restricted or closing" @HollyTett
"In the UK the regulators do not attempt to control the work of NGOs, nor to dictate their mission. Rather they facilitate coordination by providing public information about what each NGO does and where they operate"
High Commissioner @HollyTett says it is difficult to get the balance right between creating an enabling environment for a strong and independent civil society and checking that NGOs are doing what they say they will in the right way. #civicspace
Hon Minister Mary Navicha says President @APMutharika is committed that increased accountability of NGOs must be within framework of international human rights standards. Ministry wants to get balance between monitoring and regulating NGOs and creating a conducive environment
Hon Minister Navicha calls for more coordination between local NGOs and local government so there can be greater impact on the ground
Says only 27% of NGOs in Malawi are reporting annually in accordance with legislation.
Hon Minister says aid not met with need and that not enough impact seen on the ground
Wateraid wins award for most consistently presenting high quality reports to NGO Board in timely manner
Says UK, UN and other Development Partners have previously raised concerns with government that proposed amendments to the NGO Act do not get that balance right. Cites criminal liability, vague and broad provisions that could be subject to abuse and deregistration provisions
NGO board: NGOs in Malawi are significant employer in country. 113 NGOs who have submitted reports are employing 8,370 Malawians, 172 foreigners and 2,667 volunteers.
Why should NGOs report to NGO Board?
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