One thought on “NGOs don’t exist because of funding; funding exists because of NGOs

  1. Hello Krishna,

    First, thank you so much for sharing another interesting and constructive topic of yours through your blog. It’s always a pleasure to read everything that you publish and we always keep on learning new things on them 🙂

    First of all, I agree with you that it’s important for NGO representatives, not only to have an agenda, but also to follow their agenda from the beginning to the end, especially by respect for the Moderator of the day. Here is an interesting article I have just fished, about how NGOs can develop meeting minutes: https://www.fundsforngos.org/free-resources-for-ngos/ngos-develop-meeting-minutes/

    Secondly, I saw another article regarding the funding of NGOs, and this extract justifies exactly what you wrote previously: “Despite their independence from government, many NGOs rely heavily on government funding in order to function. Some governmental NGO funding may be viewed as controversial because the funding may support certain political goals rather than a nation’s development goals.” SOURCE: https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/13/ngos-get-funding.asp#ixzz4zFHBDR1l

    On that purpose, I fully agree on whatever Mr Arvind Devalia mentions in his book, especially when he says that, I quote, “the key question we must ask ourselves if we are going to have personal social responsibility is whether or not our actions will improve the lives of others”.

    It seems that in Mauritius, unfortunately very few people know the concept of an NGO and the importance of self-dependency and this is why NGOs still have an unstable and fragile position in our country. I fully agree when you say that we should stop feeding NGOs in Mauritius with money and that it’s a question of self-dependence. I would also add that it’s an investment, not obligatorily financial, but mostly social, that should come from each member of the NGO. Let’s take the example of YUVA: The fact that each of the members of YUVA give some of their time to participate into conferences, into social activities, etc, isn’t this a form of investment on the human plan? The fact that members of YUVA donate and distribute clothes, school materials to the needy, isn’t this also a form of investment on the material plan? It seems that Mauritius still has a lot of work to do when it comes on its school of thoughts and total dependence on others, especially on the government to launch something.

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