Blantyre, 18 October, 2021: Chairperson of Corporate Services and Board Member for Non-Governmental Organisation Board of Malawi Martha Mkandawire on Monday expressed concern over non-compliance of some non-governmental organizations in submitting technical and audited reports.
Mkandawire expressed the concern in Blantyre during an orientation meeting for NGO Board members in the country.
Mkandawire said as of 2020 only 208 of 602 NGO who are registered with the Board had submitted their reports to the board representing 37 percent coverage.
“In the previous year only 27 percent complied, but this year the figure has risen to 37 percent. However, we are not happy with the figures and as the NGO Board, we would love to have over 90 percent of NGO’s complying. In fact if 100 percent would have been possible, we would have loved that,” she said.
Mkandawire added that it is was very important for NGO’s to comply to the NGO Board requirements as they provide checks and balances to the Government.
She therefore said it is important for NGOs to live by what they stand for, which is transparency, accountability and rule of law.
“So if these NGOs that are supposed to stand for transparency, accountability and rule of laws are not complying with the Board’s requirement, then how can they stand for the truth and protect the public as beneficiaries of their funds.
“How can they be Government’s watchdogs, when they are not beyond reproach? These NGOs should be exemplary so that they are able to provide checks and balances,” she said.
In an interview Board Member for Human Development Services, Caleb Ng’ombo, said the orientation meeting was necessary as it had cleared some of the misunderstandings between the two.
Ng’ombo said most NGOs fail to submit reports to the board due to financial problems they experience.
He however promised to change so that they become more accountable to the public they serve.