Re: It's time the government shut the foreign-funds tap for NGOs
Very interesting insights!
It is really revealing that major portion of the funds go for establishment, and infrastructure. Being an NGO ourselves, and more likely in the bottom 25 in terms of fund quantum, we have always been v. consciuos of minimising establishment costs to 10% or less.
But in a 'survivors' world where NGOs, and religious ones at that have to go along with the market forces, and are in fact propped up by them, i guess it is a 'win win' situation for them to spend majorly on establishment, and live a comfortable life for i-me-myself!
Many are the studies that indicate the deep nexus between religion and market. In fact God is one of the most marketable commodity, uniformly sought by the rich and the poor alike! So maybe NGOs become just one more means of furthering this nice cosypartnership!
Infact grants from foriegn should not be stopped, but their should be complete transperency in spending this money.Also some of the organisations collect money from people who donate for a purpose and also get tax exemption, it should be checked how and where this money is spent.The employees working in these organisations are not paid properly.
Its very informative and I presume the data to be accurate. In which case there is good reason to be concerned about foreign funds supporting NGOs unless we can create mechanisms to make the foreign fund recipients transparent.
Satish Jha President & CEO OLPC India One Cambridge Center Cambridge, MA 02142
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