Social Services Minister Douglas Devananda has appointed a committee , with concurrence of the Cabinet to consider whether present legislation was sufficient to monitor the activities of Non Governmental Organisations(NGOs).
This follows complaints made to him regarding the activities of certain NGOs.
The committee has been mandated to study and report whether any amendments to present legislation was necessary to make NGO`s more transparent and accountable and also monitor whether their activities are within parameters of declared objectives.
Devananda, speaking at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Voice Project, organized under the National Secretariat for Non Governmental Organizations of the Social Services Ministry yesterday, said that although NGO contributions were commendable, there are also complaints regarding transparency and accountability of some NGOs.
The VOICE Project, is aimed at promoting volunteerism, development of volunteer match database and volunteer management programs.It will also help to produce a new generation of volunteer workers.
`The tsunami wave, brought in a large number of international NGO`s while many local NGOs also sprung up.Although their contributions in relief, rehabilitation, development activities and peace initiatives was commendable, there were also complaints with regard to transparency and accountability of some of the NGOs.That is why I have appointed a committee to inquire into the allegations.`
Devananda, said that the contribution of UN agencies in relief, rehabilitation, development and peace related activities in Sri Lanka was tremendous and the VOICE Project would be another milestone in this direction.
`The NGO secretariat of my Ministry has been overloaded with a sudden inflow of NGO`s since December 2004. It needs to be expanded and strengthened to cater to the changing conditions and requirements. I believe the UN agencies will extend their support to make it a reality`, he said.