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comments on the Draft NGO Bill
Association of Non-Governmental Organisations in Zimbabwe (NANGO)
August 06, 2004
Association of Non-Governmental Organisations in Zimbabwe, (NANGO)
is dismayed by the Draft NGO Bill that undermines the principles
of cooperation, collaboration and participatory development, which
is the threshold of progressive development.
a signatory to various United Nations Charters, the African Union
and various SADC protocols, where it confirmed its willingness to
conform to the principles of accountability, good governance and
above all to facilitate the development of the citizens, which is
the focus of the Millennium Development Goals.
The NGO community
by virtue of its work collaborates with the Government at various
levels. It is at the backdrop of this relationship where NANGO and
its membership feel let down by the Government, especially where
the Bill is undermining the basic principles of a conducive NGO
operating environment namely:
The Bill itself
further compromises the relationship, which had been developed between
the government and the NGO sector with NANGO playing a facilitator
It is our conviction
as NGOs that given the current socio-economic situation in the country
where 70-80% of the population is surviving below the poverty datum
line and unemployment is hovering between 60-80%; where over one
million children are orphans and where 25% of the population is
infected by HIV/AIDS; the NGO sector is a safety net and hope for
the nation. Unfortunately the Bill criminalises a sector that is
providing social safety nets to a lot of communities throughout
the country. The Bill is hitting on the ordinary men, women and
children who are beneficiaries of the services of NGO interventions.
In light of
the above, enactment of such a Bill, will do Zimbabwe more harm
than good. NANGO therefore implores the government and policy makers
to re-look at the draft bill with a view of coming up with an enabling
legislation that supports the work of NGOs during these times that
communities are enduring hardships. NANGO is further calling upon
all legislators to be sensitive to the plight of the Zimbabweans.
period that the bill is being discussed, NANGO is calling upon all
NGOs to remain united, focused and continue to respond to the needs
of communities that they serve.
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