NGOs Fail to Account for $224m Donor Funds

NAIROBI. – Millions of dollars sent to various non-governmental organisations in Kennya by donors cannot be accounted for, a senior official of a regulatory board has said.


NGO Co-ordination Board Executive Director Fazul Mohammed Yusuf said that money, in excess of 23,6 billion Kenyan shillings (about $224 391 450), could not be accounted for in the 2014 financial year.


He said they are also pursuing some organisations suspected to be financing acts of terrorism.


Bid to Cap NGO Funding Dropped


Controversial Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has dropped a proposed amendment that sought to cap foreign funding for NGOs at 15 per cent.


But the rest of the proposed changes to the Public Benefit Organisations (PBO) Act will remain if the Budget and Appropriations Committee agrees to publish the amendment Bill.


The Bill seeks to have public benefits organisations, also known as NGOs, to submit their annual financial statements to the Auditor-General and publish them in two newspapers with national circulation


Youth Fund Boss Asked to Step Aside


Two youth fund officials have been asked to step aside.


The Youth Enterprise Development Fund’s board on Monday asked its acting CEO Catherine Namunye and financial manager Benedict Atavachi to step aside to pave the way for investigations following the alleged misappropriation of Sh200 million.


The board’s chairman, Mr Bruce Odhiambo, said investigations could not be carried out while the two were in office and asked them to voluntarily step aside as directed.


Green Climate Fund to Reveal First Project Amid NGO Protest


The United Nations’ flagship Green Climate Fund will announce its first projects at a board meeting, which runs from 2-5 November 2015 in Zambia.


According to Ed King, eight funding proposals worth US$168 million were recently published on its website, three targeted in Africa, two in Latin American and the others in Fiji, the Maldives and Bangladesh.


LGBT Charity Given Lottery Funding Boost


A charity helping lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities across the county has been given a lottery boost of almost £500,000.


Lancashire LGBT has been awarded £476,859 of funding over the next three years for a new project, which is set to include a support helpline, work to reduce social isolation and a befriending network for transgender people.


Leaders say the cash is vital for their work, and have celebrated the funding boost announcement.


Gala Night Raises Funds


Investor confidence in Sea Point, Greenpoint and surrounding areas continues to grow, but maintaining the cleanliness, safety and security of these suburbs comes at a price.


Assisting in this task are the volunteer members of the Sea Point Community Police Forum (CPF), who ask the community to support this year’s gala fund­raising evening to help facilitate the programmes they run.