“Brazil’s president says NGO funding will be tightly controlled”

The above-titled article was posted on Reuters World News. It reads in part as follows:

“SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Nongovernmental organizations working in Brazil will have their public funding rigidly controlled, President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday, as part of increased oversight of their activities by his new right-wing administration.”

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Brazilian oversight of NGOs will be tightly controlled – new president

Thompson Reuters Foundation News posted the above-titled article, which reads in part as follows:

“SAO PAULO, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Funding of nongovernmental organizations working in Brazil will be rigidly controlled, President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday, reflecting increased oversight by his new right-wing administration over such groups.”

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“A few NGOs are getting a lot of bad press. What’s the overall track record?”

The Washington Post published the above-titled article on the Post’s website. The article reads in part as follows:

In recent months, five earthquakes have wreaked havoc on Indonesia. The Sept. 28 earthquake killed more than 2,000 people and left thousands missing after a tsunami slammed into the island of Sulawesi.

International nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) rushed to the scene to provide relief services to survivors, as they had done after similar disasters in Haiti, Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka and elsewhere in the world. But much was wasted in these responses, according to analysis by watchdog groups. In early October, the Indonesian government ordered foreign aid workers to leave. The government said that such assistance ‘may hamper the rescue and recovery work.’”


2018 Global NGO Technology Report

The 2018 Global NGO Technology report is available here.  This is an annual report that examines how NGOs worldwide use technology to engage their donors and supporters.




“NGO says regulators can’t stop high-tech fraudsters by themselves”

CNBC posted the above-titled article, which reads in part as follows:

“Regulators scramble to catch up with fast-paced financial innovations and need help from the banking and fintech sectors, said AnselmoTeng, an NGO official and former chairman of the Macau Monetary Authority.Hong-Kong based NGO seeks to identify threats to worldwide financial security such as money laundering, illicit transfers and terrorist funding,”

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“Tire makers, NGOs battle for voice in natural rubber sustainability platform”

Tirebuisness.com posted the above titled article, which reads as follows:

LONDON — Tire manufacturers and non-government organizations are locked in a tug-of-war over the governance structure of the newly formed Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR).

The ‘independent platform’ was launched Oct. 25 by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Tire Industry Project to drive up the socio-economic and environmental performance of the NR value-chain.

Its formation was led by a working group of TIP member companies: Bridgestone Corp., Continental A.G., Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Goodyear, Hankook Tire Co. Ltd., Kumho Tire Co. Inc., Group Michelin, Pirelli & C. S.p.A., Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd., Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. and Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.


“Egypt to amend controversial NGO law”

News24 posted the above-titled article, which reads as follows:

“Egypt plans to amend a controversial law passed last year that places tight controls on non-governmental organisations, the prime minister’s office said on Wednesday.

Ratified in May 2017 by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the law has sparked fears of an intensified crackdown on civil society.

Since Sisi took power in 2014, rights groups have regularly accused his government of human rights violations and over the repression of dissidents.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli’s office said a ministerial committee would be formed to help “achieve the aspirations of civil society”.


“PODCAST: Are Development NGOs Fit for Purpose?”

The UN Dispatch posted a podcast with the above-quoted title.  Its introduction reads as follows:

“My guest today, Nicola Banks, is a lecturer in global urbanism and urban development at the University of Manchester. She has conducted some pioneering research on the role of the NGO sector in global development.

Some of her findings — including that development NGOs be more politically engaged — are being adopted and tested by some major aid agencies. Dr. Banks is also undertaking an ambitious project, along with Professor Dan Brockington of the University of Sheffield, of mapping the UK’s NGO sector and we discuss some of her findings from that study.


“How China Sidelines NGOs”

 The Diplomat posted the above-titled article, which reads in part as follows:

“Following implementation of China’s first national Domestic Violence Law in March 2016, improvements to victim protections included institution of a written warning system, protection orders, and declaration of comprehensive enforcement standards. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were essential in advocating for this change. However, evidence now suggests that they are all but out of the implementation process, or being redirected and controlled in ways that limit the efficacy of their contributions. To ensure full implementation of China’s Domestic Violence Law, the energies and expertise of Chinese society must be acknowledged, encouraged, and incorporated.


“Hungary takes fight against NGOs to EU level”

Euractiv posted the above-titled article, which reads as follows:

“At a Luxembourg meeting of EU foreign ministers on Tuesday (15 October), Hungary called on the EU to stop funding for NGOs that undermine the sovereignty of neighbouring countries such as Israel and Egypt or states that contribute to illegal migration.

The move in itself is not surprising, since Hungary is domestically at war with philanthropist George Soros and NGOs helping migrants. A so-called “Stop Soros Bill” introduces prison sentences for those providing funds on a regular basis to such organisations.

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