The Ministry of Gender, Children Disability and Social Welfare says having a clear database of all non governmental organisations will assist proper regulation on the impact and resource utilisation, which it says is currently not satisfactory.
Principal social welfare officer Dominic Misomali on wednesday told this blog that it is to this regard the ministry has embarked on a mapping exercise, in a bid to ensure that the donation which the NGOs receive, reach out the intended beneficiaries.
“This is not a forensic audit, but atleast the civil society needs to be transparent and accountable, in how it is carrying out its activities. The whole aim is to ensure that at last, the intended beneficiary is assisted,” said Misomali.
He gave examples of some international NGOs that have been in some areas like Mdeka in Blantyre and Mwanza for over twenty years, yet the areas remain underdeveloped looking at the billions of Kwacha said to have been pumped in.
Misomali said it is sad that most of the funds are spent on administrative costs, while the impact is not that visible.
He said the NGO mapping exercise currently underway, will therefore assist government regulate how the organisations are performing.
Chairperson for Balaka civil society network Harold Kachepatsonga says this is a welcome development, and a wake-up call on their part.
“This will assist the civil society coordinate properly to avoid duplication of projects implementation,” commended Kachepatsonga.
Kachepatsonga said to some extent, he is satisfied with the positive impact the NGOs are bringing to the communities.
There are currently over 400 non governmental organisations operating in Malawi, both registered and unregistered.
While it is true that many NGOs, the media, academics and many other community groups focus primarily on providing services to the community, experience has shown that they have also often been key facilitators of government-citizen dialogue as well as having an important monitoring role of government activities.
NGOs have also earned a reputation for playing a vital role in being the voices of the voiceless in Malawi and have helped to consolidate a democratic culture in the country since the institution of multi-party democracy in 1994 by providing checks and balances.
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