Jun
21

10,000 NGOs may face action for not filing FCRA returns

The Times of India published an article titled, “10,000 NGOs may face action for not filing FCRA returns.” The article reads as follows;

“The home ministry is contemplating penal action against around 10,000 NGOs that have not filed their missing annual returns under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Rules, 2011, for all for some years between 2010-11 to 2014-15, despite the one-month grace window offered by the home ministry to do the same. Ministry sources said as many as 286 NGOs that were yet to file the returns for a single year upon expiry of grace period on June 15, 2017, could face cancellation of registration under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA) and review of renewal already granted. For the remaining defaulters with partial compliance, action is still being discussed and may be graded depending on the level of compliance.

Jun
06

More Than 7,000 Foreign NGOs in China: Only 91 Registered So Far

The Diplomat published an article titled, “More Than 7,000 Foreign NGOs in China: Only 91 Registered So Far.” The article reads as follows;

“China’s foreign non-governmental organizations (NGO) law has been in force for half a year, since January 1, 2017. Under the law, any not-for-profit, non-governmental social organizations lawfully established outside mainland China, such as foundations, social groups, and think tank institutions, should register with the Ministry of Public Security, or the police, before conducting any activities within mainland China. (Ironically, groups from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, also counted as ‘foreign’, should comply with the law, too.)

May
31

The Latest: Egypt’s president ratifies law restricting NGOs

ABC News posted an article online titled, “The Latest: Egypt’s president ratifies law restricting NGOs.” The article reads as follows;

“The Latest on developments in Egypt (all times local):

7:15 p.m.

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified a law which heavily restricts the registration and work of non-governmental organizations.

The law, which el-Sissi signed on Monday, gives security agencies extensive power over the financing and activities of NGOs.

May
22

Major research funders and international NGOs to implement WHO standards on reporting clinical trial results

The World Health Organization published a news release titled, “Major research funders and international NGOs to implement WHO standards on reporting clinical trial results.” The article reads in part as follows;

“Some of the world’s largest funders of medical research and international non-governmental organizations today agreed on new standards that will require all clinical trials they fund or support to be registered and the results disclosed publicly.

May
08

EU parliament shelves NGO funding proposal

Euobserver published an article titled, “EU parliament shelves NGO funding proposal.” The article reads in part as follows;

“The European Parliament has postponed a report that aimed to step up scrutiny on the EU’s financing of NGOs, after Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban compared it to a controversial Hungarian bill.

The coordinators of the budgetary control committee decided on Thursday (4 May) to ask the European Court of Auditors for a special assessment regaring EU funding of NGOs before proceeding with the report.

May
01

3 Key Lessons to Starting a Successful NGO, According to an Effective Poverty Fighter

TIME published an article online titled, “3 Key Lessons to Starting a Successful NGO, According to an Effective Poverty Fighter.” The article reads as follows;

“A cyclone in 1970 that killed hundreds of thousands of people in Bangladesh changed the course of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed’s life and the lives of the 140 million his anti-poverty organization has since reached.

At the time of the disaster, he saw bodies of men, women, and children floating in the shallow waters of a bay.

Apr
24

Controversial NGO bill enters Hungarian parliament

IntelliNews published an article titled, “Controversial NGO bill enters Hungarian parliament.” The article reads as follows;

“Hungarian MPs began to debate the controversial bill on the transparency of foreign-funded NGOs in parliament on April 19.

The Fidesz-supported bill recommends that NGOs that receive at least HUF7.2mn (€22,973) annually from abroad must be registered, placed on a state list and declare on all their correspondence that they are foreign funded organisations. Critics have compared the bill to a Russian law that classifies many NGOs as ‘foreign agents’.

Apr
17

Tough norms for NGOs seeking government funds

The Times of India published an article titled, “Tough norms for NGOs seeking government funds.” The article reads as follows;

“Draft guidelines outlining stringent regulations intended to enhance accountability of lakhs of NGOs and voluntary organisations receiving nearly Rs 1,000 crore of government grants every year were submitted by the Centre to the Supreme Courton Wednesday .

The guidelines may seem exhaustive for most NGOs and VOs as they said organisations wanting to get government funds must register afresh online with Niti Aayog‘s `NGO-Darpan’ portal giving details of past work, fund utilisation, yearly audit reports and key persons managing the NGO or VO.

Apr
10

Government prepares draft guidelines for accreditation of NGOs

The Economic Times published an article titled, “Government prepares draft guidelines for accreditation of NGOs.” The article reads in part as follows;

“NEW DELHI: The rural development ministry has drawn up draft guidelines for the accreditation of NGOs and other voluntary organisations, it informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

These include proposals on how they should maintain their accounts and the course of action if they misused grants. The draft also details conditions under which criminal action could be initiated.

Additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta circulated the proposals in the court on Wednesday to seek suggestions. The proposed norms, said the ministry, would help ensure transparency and autonomy of NGOs.

Apr
03

NGOs appeal to Unesco to save Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem

Asian Correspondent published an article online titled, “NGOs appeal to Unesco to save Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem.” The article reads in part as follows;

“A coalition of NGOs has submitted a letter to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in a bid to save a remote expanse of tropical rainforest in Indonesia’s Aceh province

Local NGOs, including the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC), the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program as well as the Forest, Nature and Environment Aceh (Haka), have raised serious concerns regarding a proposed geothermal power plant, which they claim could harm the heritage-listed Leuser Ecosystem.

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