The Ministry of Home Affairs issued circular on June 14 2018 to revise the I/NGO management system in Nepal. According to the government, anomalies had arisen in the activities of I/NGOs due to lack of oversight by the government and the recent decisions aim to tighten monitoring and regulation of the I/NGOs.
- NGOs need to submit property details to DAOs. Non-profit making organisations are required to submit additional details to the District Administration Offices (DAOs) than those demanded under the Association Registration Act-1977. As per the decision of the Home Ministry, office bearers and staff of such organisations have to submit property details while registering or renewing organisations. DAOs to submit details on INGOs to Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizen.
- INGOs to submit property details to SWC. INGOs should submit the property details of their office bearers and employees to the Social Welfare Council (SWC). SWC to submit details on INGOs to Home Affairs and Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizen.
- NGOs to focus on one specific sector. DAOs to allow NGOs to carry out their activities only in a particular field. The NGOs which are active in various sectors should now amend their statutes and select a particular field for their operations.
- Reports to be submitted every four months. The DAO has asked I/NGOs to submit financial and progress reports outlining their activities, including financial details. Until now, they were required to submit their reports to the authorities annually.
- Scrap the registration of I/NGOs preaching religious beliefs, and those engaged in political activities and corruption.
- Organisations failing to renew for three years in a row to be scrapped.
Expected outcomes of Government
- Know the exact number of I/NGOs working in various sectors
- Discourage the tendency to make financial gains through involvement in non-profit or voluntary organisations
- Increase transparency in the sector