Regulate registration of NGOs in the country-Cecilia Senoo told Gov’t
The Executive Director of the Hope for Future Generations, (HFFG), an NGO, Ms. Cecilia Senoo has appealed to government to as a matter of urgency enact laws that will regulate the registration of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the country.
This, according to her will help prevent charlatans from getting registered on board the NGO profession as well as aid gov’t to track the performance of NGOs contributing positively to the development of the country.
Ms. Cecilia Senoo made the appeal during a panel discussion at the just ended 2017 National Philanthropy Forum held at the Accra International Conference Centre.
The National Philanthropy Forum is an event held annually which brings together various stakeholders in the humanitarian sector to dialogue on key issues confronting the nonprofit sector with the aim of forging better ways towards effective delivery of philanthropic services in the country.
Ghanaians are confronted daily with myriad of challenges which requires the support of both local and foreign benevolent organizations since gov’t alone cannot provide solution to those problems. Unfortunately most local NGOs in the country today have failed to live up to expectation due to a number of factors.
But brainstorming on how to remedy the situation at the forum, Ms. Cecilia Senoo who also doubles as the National Vice Chairperson for the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health said it would require strong commitment on part of gov’t through implementation of rigorous regulation procedures to ward off charlatans who are venturing into the NGO sector.
“There are lots of NGOs that are not credible in this country. I’m part of NGO so I know what I’m talking about. So many of them are just ‘one-man’ NGOs; the director, the accountant and the program manager, virtually one man doing everything”. “So the regulation of registration of NGOs should be key to gov’t to be able to track everybody’s performance”. She advised.
Juxtaposing Ghana’s situation to that of Tanzania, Ms. Cecilia Senoo who is also a strong human rights and gender advocate with over 30 years’ experience working in the NGO sector was vociferous on the fact that careful procedures are heeded whiles registering an NGO including a proper background check and being sure that the owner is not on a government payroll “so you don’t take money from gov’t and money from NGO and you hide”.
She described the move as the best practices adopted by the Tanzania gov’t which has led to the country having very credible limited NGOs that are well monitored contributing to the development of their country.
The 2017 National Philanthropy Forum was 2-day event which witnessed a conference followed by an award ceremony where deliberations were made; solutions were gathered and distinguished personalities were honored all geared towards advancement of a vibrant philanthropy community in Ghana. In attendance were delegates from the Public Institutions, Philanthropy fraternity, Civil Society Groups, Government officials, Parliament, Seasoned Professionals from the academia and others from the country.
Under the six categories of awards at stake for the 2017 Philanthropy Excellence Awards categories, a subset of National Philanthropy Forum which seeks to honor distinguished personalities, Institutions and Corporate Organizations for their immense contribution in touching lives of people living in the society, Nathan Kwabena Anokye-Adisi, aka Bola Ray was adjudged the philanthropist of the year whiles Professor Oheneba Boachie-Adjei was declared the Philanthropist of the year for special needs. For the Philanthropist Foundation of the Year Awards category, Dr. Osei-Kusi of Osei Kusi Foundation was declared the winner. Other winners include Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation who was pronounced the Corporate Foundation of the year whiles the Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred on Father Campbell including MTN Ghana Foundation who was adjudged the Corporate Philanthropist of the Year.
By Joseph Kobla Wemakor/Ghananewsone.com