“Emboldened by Election Victory, Hungary Government to Tighten NGO Bill”

U.S. News and World Report posted the above-captioned article on one of its websites.  The article was written by MartonDunai, and part of it follows:

“Emboldened by Election Victory, Hungary Government to Tighten NGO Bill

Hungary will tighten a bill that aims to closely regulate non-governmental organizations (NGOs) following the ruling party’s big election victory last month, a minister said on Monday, in a move likely to dismay the European Union and rights groups.

The bill has been nicknamed ‘Stop Soros’ as it targets NGOs that receive foreign funding, notably those financed by liberal billionaire philanthropist George Soros, whom Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban accuses of political meddling and actively supporting mass immigration into Europe.


“Panel urges NGO transparency of public money”

The Hong Kong Standard recently posted the following article:

“The Legislative Council’s Public Accounts Committee has expressed ‘grave concern and dissatisfaction’ about the Social Welfare Department’s failure to effectively monitor the work of non-governmental organizations.

The committee acknowledged that NGOs have an indispensable role in providing a wide range of services to the community, and that the government’s lump sum grant subvention system gives them the autonomy and flexibility to allocate resources.

But the committee noted that some NGOs ran persistent deficits, and others piled up too much reserves. It also noted that the Social Welfare Department had failed to ensure NGOs meet the requirement for them to disclose the remuneration of their most senior staff.


Hong Kong officials’ ‘lax’ monitoring of taxpayer-funded social welfare NGOs blasted

The South China Morning Post published the following article:

“Lawmakers expressed concern on Wednesday about the government’s ‘lax’ supervision of groups it pays to provide social services such as caring for the elderly and rehabilitating drug addicts.

The Legislative Council’s Public Accounts Committee called for a proper and transparent monitoring system to help the Social Welfare Department spot underperforming organisations.

The committee also aired its dissatisfaction with a six-year delay in the department enforcing guidelines that require government-supported NGOs to review and disclose top employees’ pay annually.


“How to help the public trust NGOs again”

“The Conversation” recently posted the following article:

“Allegations of misconduct and unethical behaviour by Oxfam staff during its response to a humanitarian crisis in Haiti in 2011 and other behaviour by some working in the humanitarian aid sector has raised serious concerns about public trust and accountability in charities and triggered a statutory inquiry into Oxfam.

According to many commentators, the Oxfam scandal will have a lasting impact on public perceptions of the organisation’s trustworthiness. Some segments of the media have portrayed the humanitarian NGO sector as something of a “Wild West”, where predators can abuse freely with no check on their activities.


“Integrity policy draft draws NGOs’ flak”

The Kathmandu Post recently published the above-captioned article, which reads in part as follows:

“The proposed National Integrity Policy, one of whose aims is to rein in non-government organisations and international NGOs working in Nepal, has drawn flak from various stakeholders.”

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“NGO Effort Sees Turtles Hatch Out”

The Times of India posted the following article on its website:

“The workers of Malabar Awareness and Rescue Centre for Wildlife (MARC), an NGO which focuses on rescuing wildlife in the urban areas, had a fulfilling experience two days ago as three turtles hatched out of the eggs they retrieved from a construction site in the city. The fact that the species, Indian Pond Terrapin, has figured in the IUCN(International Union for Conservation of Nature) red list of threatened species makes their effort relevant.”

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“The morally messy world of international NGOs”

BioEdge posted an article with this title.  The article includes the following paragraph:

“The problem of complicity is alive and well for international NGOs like Medecins Sans Frontieres. In a recent article in the Journal of Medical Ethics, several of its staff and an ethicist at the British Medical Association tackle the tricky issue of how MSF (and other NGOs) should behave when their humanitarian activities also give effective help to oppressive regimes. They give three examples of MSF’s work amongst Rohingya refugees, with Syrian refugees in Jordan, and in Libya.”

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NOAA, NGOs debate effects of ocean farms on wildlife

JAVMAnews recently posted the following article:

“Federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico have been open to fish farming for two years, but no farms yet exist.

In January 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service issued a rule that would let companies apply for 10-year permits to farm fish in federal waters of the Gulf, with five-year renewals thereafter. Up to 20 entities could operate beyond state waters in the U.S. ‘Exclusive Economic Zone,’ mostly between 3 and 200 miles offshore, although no company had filed a permit application as of mid-February 2018.”


NGOs and the Imperative of Accountability

The Punch recently posted an article that begins:

“The legislative blitz that rocked the civil society community in 2017 created a host of opportunities and lessons for government, civil society and the public. Non-state actors in the country are pushing regulators and the National Assembly to fix existing laws guiding the work of nonprofits in the country.

While regulators have stepped up their game, working hard to improve compliance with existing regulatory frameworks by nonprofits, positive results and intended outcomes can only be achieved if both the regulator and the sector work together to review all regulations with a view to testing its continuing relevance. Every policy option must be carefully assessed, likely impact, costed and a range of viable alternatives considered in a transparent and accountable way against the default position of ‘noneregulation’, being clamoured for by the sector.”


Global Policy Forum NGO Website

The Global Policy Forum has a website that provides an extensive background discussion of NGOs, including but not limited to UN-related NGOs.  Click here for this website.



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