Malawi: Non-Governmental Organizations Bill, 2000
A look at the requirements for non-government organizations operating in Malawi
This Bill addresses issues that relate to the registration and requirements for non-government organizations (NGOs) operating in Malawi. It aims at:
- Enhancement of NGO contribution to the economy through the provision of social services and the creation of employment by ensuring that this is done efficiently and equitably;
- Equitable sectoral and geographical distribution of NGO operations;
- Accountability and transparency of NGOs;
- Coordination and consultation with the government in the implementation of NGO activities;
- Uniformity in the implementation of policies.
The Bill is divided into eleven parts, which deal with:
- Preliminary issues such as the interpretation of words that the Bill uses, its objectives and exempt organizations;
- Establishment of the 'NGO Board of Malawi' - its constitution, considerations for disqualification, etc;
- Issues relating to the Board - the Board's power to establish a committee, requirements from Board members, etc;
- Duties and functions of the Board, such as:
- Considering applications for registration by NGOs and ensuring due compliance by NGOs;
- Determining incentives applicable to NGOs;
- Commissioning research with a view to advising the Government.
- Management of the Board;
- Registration of NGOs;
- Designated NGO coordinating body;
- General Assembly ;
- Financial provisions and the sources of funds;
- Miscellaneous provisions such as those relating to offences and penalties.