Government has reminded Area Development Committees (ADCs) in Mzimba that they have a role to play in ensuring that Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs’ operations serve the interest of communities in the district.
Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati was speaking Wednesday in Mzimba district during ADCs’ orientation which was organised by NGO Board.
Kaliati said ADCs are local government structures that need to work hard for their areas to develop since development can only be achieved in rural areas if ADCs work with dedication, honesty and integrity.
“We would want these structures to track any NGO which is operating in your respective areas so that government is updated on which NGO is operating in a particular ADC, what it is doing, who it is targeting, where it reports to and its source of funding,” said Kaliati.
She further said government has opened NGO satellite offices in some districts including Mzimba so that ADCs can ably track NGOs’ operations in their communities.
NGO Board Chief Executive Officer, Voice Mhone said for the past years, government relaxed in tracking NGOs’ operations on the ground, a development which he said resulted in low and ineffective development implementation.
“In the past, we were operating without NGO Policy but we have been registering all NGOs operating in the country since last year so that we know what they are doing,” said Mhone.
He said NGOs spend K1 trillion annually but without registering any tangible impact as compared to the amount spent.
On his part, Senior Chief Mtwalo thanked government for orienting the ADCs leaderships on the operations of the NGO Board and their working relationship with NGOs adding that this will create ownership over projects being implemented by the NGOs.
There are 776 NGOs, both local and international, in the country out of which 57 are in Mzimba.