“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.




“Donors Shouldn’t Punish NGOs that Disclose Misconduct – Here’s How to Help Stamp Out Abuse”

The Conversation published an article containing the following excerpt:

“DFID and other donors shouldn’t stop pressurising[sic] NGOs to do better, but they also need to do more to promote the way organisations learn from when things go wrong. That includes adopting a positive and constructive attitude towards disclosures of wrongdoing.

It’s no secret that aid projects frequently fail and aid workers can commit appalling crimes. The first step towards stopping this is for NGOs to be transparent about transgression. And donors should understand that this is a hallmark of an accountable organisation. They should encourage NGOs to be candid about why failure occurs – which may include listening to explanations that reflect poorly on the donor’s preferred way of giving aid.


Watchdog Warns Corruption Usually Follows Media, NGO Crackdowns

RadioFreeEurope posted the following article on its website:

“Transparency International (TI) says government crackdowns on NGOs and media are associated with higher levels of corruption and most countries are “moving too slowly” to combat graft.”

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UN’s NGO Committee

The United Nations’ website explains its Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations in part as follows:

“The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations is a standing committee of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), established by the Council in 1946. It reports directly to ECOSOC, and the two reports of its annual regular session (usually at the end of January) and resumed session (in May) include draft resolutions or decisions on matters calling for action by the Council.

The Committee has 19 members who are elected on the basis of equitable geographical representation:

  • 5 members from African States;
  • 4 members from Asian States;

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