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.

Mar
27

Are you getting calls from NGOs asking you to donate? What you should know

The News Minute published an article titled, “Are you getting calls from NGOs asking you to donate? What you should know.” The article reads in part as follows;

“If you own a phone and have ever given your number to anyone at all – and even if you haven’t – chances are, you’ve definitely received an unsolicited marketing call. Sometimes, it’s a telecom company, or a bank trying to sell you a credit card.

And sometimes, the caller on the other end says they want your money, usually for an urgent cause. There are children dying in a Delhi hospital, there are animals who need immediate treatment, there are elders in an old age home who require assistance…

Mar
20

Overseas NGOs in China: Left in Legal Limbo

The Diplomat published an article online titled, “Overseas NGOs in China: Left in Legal Limbo.” The article reads in part as follows;

“China’s controversial new law on foreign non-governmental organizations (NGO) has been in force only a few months – and it’s already heavily impacting and hindering operations by NGOs in the country. Since January 1, foreign NGOs, including foundations, advocacy groups, and business chambers, have had to register with the police and link up with an officially approved Chinese partner or “professional supervisory unit.” But so far, only three dozen organizations, who had been registered under other labels before the law came into effect, have been able to complete the cumbersome process, among them the World Economic Forum, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and some business chambers, for example those of Russia, India, and Canada.

Mar
07

NGO-driven EPA regulations based on bad science need reform

The Hill published an article titled, “NGO-driven EPA regulations based on bad science need reform.” The article reads in part as follows;

“With all its warts, the Trump administration has hit the ground running on pulling back regulatory overreach. The president has issued a pair of critical, wide-ranging executive orders — one that requires federal agencies to revoke two regulations for every new rule they want to issue, and another that requires the cost of any additional regulations to be completely offset by undoing existing rules.

Feb
27

NGOs: The fifth estate

The Asian Age published an article titled, “NGOs: The fifth estate.” The article reads in part as follows;

“It is impossible to exaggerate the role and significance of the NGO in a democratic society.

Populists in power tend to be harsh with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that criticise them. Again, harassing or even suppressing civil society is not a practice exclusive to populists. But for them opposition from within civil society creates a particular moral and symbolic problem: it potentially undermines their claim to exclusive moral representation of the people. Hence it becomes crucial to argue that civil society isn’t civil society at all, and that what can seem like popular opposition has nothing to do with the proper people.

Feb
21

In an era of declining trust, how can NGOs buck the trend?

Devex published an article titled, “In an era of declining trust, how can NGOs buck the trend?” The article reads in part as follows;

“Trust in global institutions is at an all-time low. The results of the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer, an annual online survey of trust, paint a picture of a broken global system and a population with little hope for things to improve. NGOs are caught in the web of distrust — a long way from the first survey in 2001 when NGOs were considered a rising influence.

Feb
06

The Origins of China’s New Law on Foreign NGOs

ChinaFile posted an article titled, “The Origins of China’s New Law on Foreign NGOs.” The article reads in part as follows;

“In March of 2013, Xi Jinping was named the President of the People’s Republic of China at the 12th National People’s Congress. At the time, I was working for China Development Brief, an independent Chinese NGO started by the British journalist Nick Young in 1996 to promote constructive engagement between China and international development organizations.

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