Veep coun­sels NGOs

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

THE role of non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGOs) to­wards na­tional de­vel­op­ment can­not be over em­pha­sized, says Vice Pres­i­dent Inonge Wina. Ms Wina said there­fore that the de­mands of the peo­ple could not be dealt with by Gov­ern­ment alone at all times but with the full par­tic­i­pa­tion of NGOs. She said it was for that rea­son that Gov­ern­ment recog­nised the crit­i­cal role that NGOs played in na­tional de­vel­op­ment by com­ple­ment­ing Gov­ern­ments ef­forts. Ms Wina said this in a speech read for her by Min­is­ter of Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment and So­cial Ser­vices, Olipa Mwansa at the of­fi­cial open­ing of the 2018 Congress of NGOs for two days and the launch of the Na­tional NGO pol­icy at the New Gov­ern­ment Com­plex. She said Gov­ern­ment shall pro­vide an en­vi­ron­ment which will en­hance NGO part­ner­ship to max­imise their po­ten­tial. Ms Wina ex­plained that the pur­pose of the Na­tional NGO pol­icy was to have an ef­fec­tive, ef­fi­cient and well-co-or­di­nated NGOs sec­tor that con­trib­uted to sus­tain­able na­tional de­vel­op­ment and pro­moted com­mit­ment trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity, mu­tual re­spect among other things. Mean­while NGO Regis­tra­tion board chair­per­son, Chanda Nonde said as civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions they re­alised the im­por­tance and played a crit­i­cal role in the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try. Mr Nonde said as CSOs they were the heart for the peo­ple con­sid­er­ing the fact that 70 per­cent of the ru­ral pop­u­la­tion lived in poverty and hence the need to sup­port gov­ern­ment.

Ms Wina

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