Malawi NGO Board warns CSOs, 400 face ban

The Non–Governmental Organisations (NGO) Board of Malawi has given over 400 nongovernmental organisations up to May 31 to register with the board or face the chop, warning that it will deregister any civil society organisation which flouts the laws governing the operations of non–State actors in the country.

Maziko Matembau: Warns

Maziko Matembau: Warns

The NGO Board has the mandate to register and regulate the operations of civil society organisations in the country.

Deputy chairperson of the board  Maziko Matemba said out of 900 non governmental organisations only 500 are registered.

“The NGO Act empowers us to regulate both local and international NGOs. We want each NGO to submit their plan of actions, we want them to register with the board for transparency and accountability,” he said.

Matemba said NGOs can register through online, saying 275 NGOs have done so this year.

He warned failure to register means they will not get a licence from the ministry of Justice which they use to solicit funding from donors.

There have been reports that some NGOs who register in the name of charity have been carrying out contrary activities such as operating forex exchange bureaus or promoting homosexuality.

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4 thoughts on “Malawi NGO Board warns CSOs, 400 face ban”

  1. Mopia Mloyiwa says:

    Please de-registration is the best way to deal with ill-equipped and half-baked beggars and mafia. They offer nothing to this nation besides spreading HIV with the theft money. Time stipulated in too much.

  2. Chathu Nchanga says:

    Remove the fee of Mk35 000 and you will see many coming. some of the NGO have never had any funding from anywhere since they registered and where on earth do you think they can pay that money. Its the passion to help that drives them to register. The problem is that if you hear of an NGO all you think is that they have money. De-register only those organisation you have evidence that they are not doing what they were registered for.You just want to en-rich your accounts and nothing for regulation purposes.

  3. NGO wa NGO says:

    Not only should these fucken NGOs so to speak submit their plan of actions, they should also just as government operations do, develop strategic plans from which their activities should be based. Government should be tasking them to submit their achievements at least quarterly. I know a certain NGO in Phalombe built grass thatched houses for the under privileged under a watchful eye of the area’s MP and councillor. What a shame. Some of the NGOs operating in the villages are their to thieve money from their donors. So the demand here is welcome.

  4. Nkhosa says:

    Just remove the registration fees of MK35,000 for local NGO’s and you will see so many of them registering. Where do you think a local NGO can get that money from as the little funding they get is just purely for activities. Here are the requirements for registration so you may see that the problem is merely the fees:-
    A filled registration form (emailed / sent upon request);
    bullet Certified copy of the constitution;
    bullet Certified copy of the Certificate of Incorporation;
    bullet Affidavits or statutory declarations for Board of Trustees / Directors. At least two should be Malawian Citizens and residing in Malawi;
    bullet A plan of activities which the organization intends to undertake;
    bullet Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Malawi (International NGOs)
    bullet Proof that the organization is a member of CONGOMA;
    bullet Sources of funding;
    bullet A copy of latest available annual activity report, in respect of existing NGOs;
    bullet A copy of latest available audited annual financial statements, in respect of existing NGOs;
    bullet Geographical location of where activities are undertake
    bullet Details of Board of Trustees/Directors;
    bullet Registration fees (MK35,000 LNGOs and MK150,000 INGOs)
    bullet All the documents must be Filed in an Arch Lever File.

    Processing & Licencing Fees
    bullet You will be required to pay Registration Processing fees of K35,000 National NGOs or K150,000 (International NGO) on submission of your application
    bullet You will also be required to pay annual licensing fees of K35,000 National NGOs or K150, 000 (International NGO) after the application approval before collecting a Certificate.

    The problem is people think if one is running an NGO the automatically have money but usually it is just one’s passion for a certain idea

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