Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati has directed the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Board to resolve issues straining the working relationship between local and international NGOs.
The minister observed that conflicts between the two parties derail implementation of projects, thereby reducing the impact of the same.
The minister’s intervention followed a complaint from local NGOs that international NGOs were working in isolation and created power struggle, duplication of activities and negatively affected project sustainability.
In an interview yesterday, Kaliati confirmed issuing the directive to NGO Board, saying the country needed the guidelines longtime ago to facilitate the working relationship between local and international NGOs.
The minister has given the NGO Board 30 days to develop the guidelines.
Kaliati said it was
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Lead State lawyer in critical to harmonise programmes for local and international NGOs for better results and impact.
“We have so many NGOs both international and local, but if you go on the ground you will find that there are no tangible results which we can see. These programmes should be harmonised and all resources put in one basket and prioritise what is that they want to do and achieve.”
In a separate interview, Local NGOs Forum chairperson Kossam Munthali commended the minister for the intervention, saying there was need to level the ground on which NGOs operate.
NGO Board chief executive officer Voice Mhone refused to comment on the matter, saying the meeting was presided over by the minister; hence, she was in a better position to comment.