Sep
14

“How NGOs Shape Global Governance”

 Editor’s note:  E-International relations posted the above-titled article by Molly Ruhlman, which reads in part as follows:

“Global governance is a complex ecosystem of formal and informal institutions. It is formally the domain and responsibility of sovereign nation states, and traditionally studied with a microscope on national interest and state power. Non-sovereign nations and other organizations and associations lack full international legal personality. They are in many ways marginal to central decision-making, diplomacy and negotiation in formal intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). But global governance is much bigger than formal IGOs, and indeed is increasingly composed of multi-stakeholder, complex governance institutions and informal “soft law” agreements. Even within the confines of formal IGO structures, where sovereign nation-states negotiate and decide, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) play an important role.”

Aug
10

“EU seeks input to new Arctic strategy, asks NGOs and indigenous peoples to contribute”

Editor’s note: the Barents Observer published the above-titled article, which reads in part as follows:

“Launched in 2008, and updated in 2016, EU’s Arctic policy is not old but as changes take place rapidly, the Commission and External Action Service want to re-examine the role of the EU in Arctic affairs.

High Representative of the European Union, Josep Borell, said the Arctic is a rapidly evolving frontier in international relations.

‘We must ensure that the Arctic remains a zone of low tension and peaceful cooperation, where issues are solved through constructive dialogue,’ Borrell said, pointing to what he calls ‘a number of players seeing new strategic and economic opportunities in the High North.’

Jul
13

“A LACK of funds is the main reason why Indian community non-governmental organizations (NGO) are unable to function effectively.”

Editor’s note:  The above-titled article was posted on the Star’s website.  It reads as follows:

“The issue was discussed during a meeting between deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Dr Edmund Santhara Kumar and 100 representatives from Indian community NGOs at Menara DBKL auditorium on Saturday (July 10).

Edmund said competent NGOs needed to be sufficiently funded as they were the frontliners in addressing the community’s socio-economic problems.

‘The NGOs could be broken into clusters such as education and religion, and focus on their areas of concern,’ he said, adding that NGOs were also impartial as they are not politically motivated.’”

Jun
26

HUNGARY’S NGO-LAW AND THE ECJ RULING: WHAT NEXT

Financial Times posted the above-titled article which reads in part as follows:

“Hungary’s so-called ‘NGO law’ is a violation of several EU principles, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled last Thursday. In a decision that caused little surprise among observers, the EU’s highest court backed up its Advocate General, pointing out that the restrictions imposed by the law are in breach of three articles of the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights as well as Article 63 of the Maastricht Treaty.

Limiting civic space under the guise of transparency

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.

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