“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.


“George Soros foundation sues Hungary on laws targeting NGOs”

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

“BUDAPEST, Hungary – An international philanthropic organization founded by billionaire George Soros said Monday it has filed applications before the European Court of Human Rights and Hungary’s Constitutional Court to challenge recent laws in Hungary targeting civic groups working with refugees and asylum-seekers.

James Goldston, director of the Open Society Foundations’ legal team, told The Associated Press that the legal action is aimed at countering laws ‘designed to intimidate and silence independent voices in Hungary.’

The Open Society Foundations support some of the civic groups targeted by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s unyielding anti-immigration policies.


“8 Useful Ways To Raise Funds For NGOs”

The above-titled article was recently published in the Social Post.  The entire article reads as follows:

“NGOs are playing a vital role in the society. Where Government failed to work NGOs take the lead. But running an NGO is a big task. It needs lots of guts and courage along with funds. Most of the people are afraid of raising the funds for the NGOs.

Without funds, NGOs cannot run. Now with the increase in the number of NGOs fundraising is also getting tough day by day. Besides that due to exposure of several malpractices in some of the leading NGOs of the country people are sceptical about the NGOs nowadays. Here are few tips social shares with our readers on the fundraising.


“What you need to know about crowdfunding for NGOs”

Born2Invest published the above-captioned article, which reads as follows:

When hearing the term “crowdfunding,” most would immediately think about products and services. That is partly true as crowdfunding has been primarily used to launch startups worldwide. Moving beyond products and services, this new form of fundraising has found its way into supporting non-government organizations (NGOs) and other social causes.

NGOs face a lot of problems but one of the biggest issue to tackle is the lack of funds. This problem is caused by a few factors including the lack of resources to market their cause and poor networking. Unlike corporations and other business-centric entities, NGOs direct the funds they acquire to projects that would support their target community so they need all the funds they can.


“Foam insulation groups challenge US NGO criticism”

ChemicalWatch published the above-titled article, which reads as follows:

“Foam insulation groups say that an NGO report that cautioned against their products “ignores science” and focuses too heavily on the mere presence of a chemical in a product.

The criticism has come in response to a report authored by the Energy Efficiency for All NGO partnership, which ranked insulation and air-sealing products based on their chemical composition and potential health effects, as well as their performance and costs.


Inside a pro-democracy NGO, an employee-led labor movement takes shape

Devex published the following article:

WASHINGTON — Last month, employees at the National Democratic Institute voted to join a union, a decision aimed at improving their bargaining power over a range of workplace benefits — including some unique to the international development industry.

As a union workforce, NDI employees will negotiate vacation, sick leave, and health care, as well as international travel policies, often to insecure locations where NDI supports democratic institutions.

The move to unionize by an international development organization is a rare one — even for organizations that support labor movements in other countries. It speaks to a growing awareness among development professionals that being mission-driven does not have to mean foregoing some of the options available to improve workplace conditions.”


“NGOs do more harm than good in conflict zones” By MENELAOS AGALOGLOU 09 SEP 2018


The Myanmar Times published the above-captioned article, which reads in part as follows:

“WHILE reading the sex scandals involving Oxfam personnel in Haiti, I remembered past reports implicating UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic as well as my recent humanitarian venture with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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