May
22

“Leading NGOs criticise UN over ‘shameful’ inaction towards Covid-19 crisis”

Editor’s Note: France24.com  published the above titled article.  The article reads in part as follows:

Leading non-governmental organisations on Tuesday blasted the UN Security Council’s “shameful” inaction towards the Covid-19 crisis, especially over a call for truces in some conflict zones during the pandemic.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for ceasefires in fighting around the world two months ago.

But the Security Council – debilitated by a confrontation between China and the United States – has failed to agree on a resolution supporting the initiative in the conflicts which fall under its mandate, the NGOs said in a statement.

Mar
27

“Opening 2020 Regular Session, Non-Governmental Organizations Committee Recommends Status for 66 Groups, Defers Action on 34 Others”

Editor’s note:  The UN posted the above-titled article, which reads in part as follows:

“Opening its regular session for 2020, the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations today recommended 66 entities for special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and deferred action on the status of 34 others.

The 19-member Committee vets applications submitted by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), recommending general, special or roster status on the basis of such criteria as the applicant’s mandate, governance and financial regime.  Organizations enjoying general and special status can attend Council meetings and issue statements, while those with general status can also speak during meetings and propose agenda items.  Those with roster status can only attend meetings.

Feb
21

“NGO donations – winners and losers since 2000”

Editor’s note: the Devpolicy Blog posted the above-titled article by Terence Wood and Sherman Surandiran, which reads in part as follows:

“Over the years, different staff and volunteers at the Development Policy Centre have gathered data on donations to Australian aid NGOs. Data have usually come from Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) annual reports or NGOs’ own annual reports. (We’re very grateful to ACFID and NGOs for being transparent enough to make this possible.)

The data collected hasn’t always ended up in the same place. So, slowly, the two of us have been collating and tidying datasets. In this blog we revisit two earlier posts, updating findings on NGO donations.

Jan
14

“EU Court Criticizes Hungary’s Attack on Foreign-Funded NGOs”

Editor’s note: Bloomberg published the above-titled article, which reads as follows:

“(Bloomberg) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban suffered a setback in his clash with the European Union over democratic norms as an adviser to the bloc’s highest court slammed his crackdown on foreign-funded groups.

A controversial Hungarian law ‘introduces unjustified restrictions’ on non-governmental organizations that receive donations from abroad, hampering the free movement of capital, Advocate General Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona of the EU Court of Justice said in a non-binding opinion on Tuesday.

He also called the law, which has been used to target groups linked to financier George Soros, an ‘unjustified interference’ with fundamental rights.

Jan
03

Five things to know about working for an NGO in Germany

Editor’s note: The Local published the above-titled article, which reads as follows:

“The world of non-governmental organization, or NGOs, in Germany is diverse and complex, just like in the rest of Europe. Here’s what you need to know.

To understand its nuances – where it differs from other European-based NGOs – and to grasp its relationship with the German government is important if you want to know what it’s like to work for such an organization.

German NGOs by the numbers

Dec
06

Govt banned 14,500 NGOs under FCRA Act from receiving foreign funds

Union minister of state for home Nityanand Rai also said so far this year, the ministry has cancelled FCRA registration of 1,808 NGOs”

Editor’s note: the Business Standard of India published the above-titled article, which reads as follows:

“As many as 14,500 NGOs, registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), were banned in the last five years from receiving funds from abroad, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Union minister of state for home Nityanand Rai also said so far this year, the ministry has cancelled FCRA registration of 1,808 NGOs.

Nov
08

“HOW VENTURE-BACKED START-UPS ENTER THE WORLD OF NGOS”

Editor’s note: builtin.com posted the above-titled article, which reads in part as follows:

“Each year, nonprofits combine to drill more than 60,000 water wells across Sub-Saharan Africa. At any given time, 40 percent of those wells aren’t working. Those failures are often preventable, due either to a lack of maintenance or poor infrastructure, according to the Rural Water Supply Network. The result is $1.2 billion in wasted investment, not to mention the millions of people left with no access to clean water.

Well Beyond, an Austin-based social good startup has built an app it believes can fix this problem.

Oct
11

“94 percent of NGOs agree that social media is effective for online brand awareness”

Editors’ note: Digital Information World posted the above-titled article, which reads in part as follows: 

“Recently, the Global NGO Technology Report was released that mentioned how much Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) utilize certain social media platforms. The report was produced by the Nonprofit Tech for Good, which was a comprehensive report based on 33 pages. The data in the report was taken from 5,721 NGOs from over 150 countries. The report included statistics on WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The report revealed certain important statistics, which are mentioned below.

Sep
09

“How NGOs are Improving Infrastructure in the Philippines”

On September 6, 2019, Business and New Markets, World News, posted the above-titled article, which reads in part as follows:

“The Southeast Asian nation of the Philippines, an archipelago of approximately 108 million people, has recently become quite economically viable. From 2017 to 2018, its global competitiveness score jumped from rank 68 to 56 out of 140 nations indexed by the World Economic Forum. However, the country’s infrastructure lacks the vitality of its overall economy, ranking at 92 out of 140 in the same report.

Sep
03

“Int’l organizations, NGOs and private sector meet in Istanbul”

Editor’s note: the above-titled article was posted on the Hurriyet Daily News.  It reads as follows:

“International organizations, NGOs and the private sector have major roles in achieving development goals, a manager of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said in a meeting in Istanbul on Sept. 1.

All those partners have to work together for bringing solutions to development challenges, GerdTrogemann, the manager of UNDP’s Istanbul Regional Hub, stressed during the hub’s meeting against poverty.

Every year, large amounts of money were provided to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs) but this is not about money, he underlined.

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