NGOs are out of control: Somaliland Minister of Planning and Development
HARGEISA -Dr. Sa’ad Ali Shire Somaliland’s Minister of Planning and Development today addressed Somaliland parliament for the first time since taking office. Dr. Shire told members of parliament that since he took office he has been working on a report to see where the country stood with regards to development. Dr. Shire spoke about his findings and one of the issues that caught his attention was the number of NGOs and the lack of development that they have done.
Dr. Shire went on to say currently there are 300 International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) registered in Somaliland and these NGOs are not being held accountable for all their financial funding. These 300 International Non-Governmental Organizations in the country are said to be working in the fields of education, social service and community development. However there is no single tangible thing that shows what these NGOs have done for the people of Somaliland and that to me is unacceptable.
Dr. Shire blamed the government for failing to account the donor funds that these NGOs are getting on behalf of Somaliland citizens. Another factor that allowed for these NGOs to go out of control is the lack of auditing system that would requires these NGOs to maintain transparent accounting. Dr. Shire went farther to say that he is very disappointed with his findings regarding these NGOs and therefore something must be done about them.
Minister Dr. Sa’ad Ali Shire concluded his briefing by telling members of the parliament that his office is presently working on a strategy that will begin registering these NGOS and audit them at the end of each fiscal year to verify where donor funding was spend. Dr. Shire also suggested that a committee be formed that will work with NGOs and donor countries.
Source: SomalilandPress| Oct 6,2010