Study on INGOs and NGOs

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By Gandhya Senanayake


An internal study regarding how International Non-governmental organizations (INGO) and local Non-governmental organizations (NGO) operate in Sri Lanka is currently being conducted by the relevant authorities.
 

INGOs and NGOs will be regulated in the future and how they operate is currently being studied, Director General of the Media Centre for National Security Lakshman Hulugalle told Daily Mirror online.
 

Mr. Hulugalle added that how thousands of INGO and NGOs in Sri Lanka operate will be looked into to see if they are doing a genuine service to the community or benefiting only a particular section. The opinions of experts in this field are also being obtained and how other countries treat and regulate NGO’s will also be studied, he said.
 

The reports of the parliamentary select committee regarding this topic will also be referred to, Mr. Hulugalle added. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Sunday, 23 May 2010 06:42 AM

    Isn't it the job of Ministry of Justice to handle such issues?

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 06:51 AM

    NGO are the main care takers of IPDs. Government is biased on treating displaced people. People who lost the houses during war were given only few building(8 roof sheets) material and promised to deposit 20000/= in their account! But people who lost their homes during floods are planned to be given 50000/= for their houses!
    Please let the NGOs to work! They just stamped LTTE logo and try to divert the public attention.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 06:54 AM

    Very good move. The INGO's have become self-serving entities in the developing countries. They actions sometimes are highly controversial.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 07:17 AM

    Is the report correct as to the number of INGO'S & NGO'S ?
    says Thousands????Is their that much to be done in our little Island?

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 07:24 AM

    Its good to monitor these INGOS & NGOS And Its good decision by Ministry of Defence.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 07:24 AM

    One should not forget the outstanding services rendered by INGOs and NGOs in the aftermath of the Tsunami, when the VVIPs diverted donated funds to their private accounts.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 07:35 AM

    SCREEN THEM WITH TOOTH COMB!!

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 07:47 AM

    There is an imperative need for the government to be well aware at all times of the precise nature of activities NGOs are performing in the country. The overriding objective is to ensure that they do not get inlvolved in any endeavours considered inimical to the interest of the sovereign State. We have heard of highly questionable actions attributed to some NGOs during the war period.

    Monday, 24 May 2010 06:21 AM

    Quite right you do not need The World Bank, UN, etc, you now have China.....And guess what, Sri Lanka is about to become the next province of China after Tibet.

    Monday, 24 May 2010 06:21 AM

    There is that much to be earned from milking poverty and misery in any developing nation. For that matter, there are probably millions at work milking the US as well.
    Some districts have more than 20 plus large NGOs operating. Others are small setups.
    Anyone going to INGOs for funding requests are asked to register as NGOs before they can give funding. So every tom dick and harriet can register and an NGO and do things... many do nefarious things. They all earn money.

    Monday, 24 May 2010 06:26 AM

    Absolutely! Best to just ban all INGOs then the country will be safe from evil Western powers. Of course the poor may suffer, but what the heck as long as you middle class types bask in the glow of your patriotism, so then let the poor suffer?

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 08:52 AM

    most INGO are part of western powers conspiracy to destabilise developing countries. Of course there are few good ones who do genuine charity work In recent war in SL
    They joined with anti national forces. they openly and shamefully supported Most ruthless terrorist organization on earth LTTE.

    Monday, 24 May 2010 06:31 AM

    Jim, you are right. Some NGOs provide invaluable service. But many use the label to further their own ends. It serves the genuine ngos well if all are scrutinized and the rogues driven out or controlled. This would indeed inconvenience the genuine ngos coz they may not be that good in documenting work done etc. But the genuine ngos, I am sure, wish to be distinguished from the others for the valuable services they render. These parties are always welcome. Its the others that cause problems.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 08:55 AM

    After the tsunami foreigners gave millions of dollars in donations to international NGOs who then used that money to help rebuild lives, feed, provide shelter, etc, for those afflicted by the tsunami. These organisations still do much work using foreigners donations in Sri Lanka to tackle poverty and suffering.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 09:17 AM

    May be good if they screen those that did the report & those going to act on the report. for their misdeeds.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 10:41 AM

    Those who benefit from indirectly seem to support the existence of NGO's and INGO's. Misery of developing countries sustain the NGO and INGO workers, mostly consist of unemployed unqualified westerners looking to escape from harsh conditions of their own countries.

    Monday, 24 May 2010 07:31 AM

    We'll see when this report will be finalised.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 01:36 PM

    NGOs and other civil society organisations have their legitimacy in the fundamental human right to freedom of association.
    Any government can regulate NGOs etc. but it cannot muzzle them.Does the government want to be a only development, relief and rehabilitation organisation in Sri Lanka?

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 04:45 PM

    I assume you mean a fine tooth comb? All combs after all have teeth...........Wisdom?!

    Monday, 24 May 2010 08:22 AM

    @JIM - When the 2004 tsunami hit Sri Lanka and the region the world patted itself on the back for raising $4 billion when UN Secretary General Kofi Annan insisted the area needed only $977 million in direct aid. Not even $1 billion was required, but what has materialised so far has been a measly $336 million. Where is the rest?

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 10:47 PM

    Now that China is there to help in every way, there is no need for Black Label-sipping INGOs, NGOs, World Bank, UN, IMF,........roaming around in Land Rovers and gas guzzling SUVs. China produces results!

    Monday, 24 May 2010 12:25 AM

    Is this study being done by the well known NGO hater Susantha Goonatilake? If so, we already know the outcome!

    Monday, 24 May 2010 02:29 AM

    As in case of all other things, there are 'good' INGOs/NGOs and 'bad' INGOs/NGOs'. Let us identify different types and encourage good ones and discourage or 'rehabilitate' 'bad' ones. Do not forget tsunami experiences. More than 90% of facilities for victims were provided and 90% of tsunami houses were built by INGOs/NGOs.


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