Davina Chowreemootoo: How should a national NGO implement good governance at all levels of operation?

NGO’s are non governmental organizations that represent the most forceful voices for ordinary people. They are the most strident advocates of diversity and participatory citizenry and come with strong proposals of change. The biggest advantages of NGO’s are; they are transparently managed and oriented to represent public interest They also promote community improvement and campaign for human rights, social justice and other billowing issues arising in the globalized world. For an NGO to function efficiently, it is important to have a substantial level of willingness from its volunteers who work assiduously without any material interest. NGOs should also adopt a proactive approach to their work and have a visionary and practical agenda.

Good governance in NGO’s is as important as it is in private and public sectors. Good governance in NGOs is the way strategies and measures are taken through the principles of integrity, transparency and accountability. The named board have a prime responsibility of proper functioning of every division of the organization. It is a matter of paramount importance that NGOs are in the parameters and guidelines of good governance and apply a high level of transparency and accountability to every task they deal with. If NGOs aim at promoting performance and accountability in the humanitarian system, they will primarily need to demonstrate these same principles in the management of their own coordination and self-regulation mechanisms. This greatly improves quality and accountability.
NGOs are not exempt to corruption. Corruption, includes nepotism, bribery and fraud and can lead to conflict thus undermining the work of NGOs and also leading to an amiss reputation. Corruption acts as one of the major barrier in the achievement of good governance in NGOs and it should thus be ensured that the principles adopted by the organizations are fully ethical and do not converge in any way to the orb of corruption.

NGO leaders should be able to apply the principles of good governance in regulating any process of their respective organizations. Their proposed agenda should be gripping enough so as to initiate a high level of volunteerism including many youngster who will work at a collective level and initiate their voice to become a permanent component in decision making.

There should be regular reports of any funds through accounting, budgeting and audit processes. Audit processes are carried out by social accounting and verification. This intense internal control of funds helps to manage the economic assets of an NGO and helps to build up a good financial system which is crucial for any organization. Auditing provides a major framework for good governance. Reports to stakeholders is a chief asset for effective and legitimate NGO assessment. Furthermore, participation facilitates the claim of product, which is essential to bring about a positive change. In a deeper meaning, ensuring a balanced participatory system in civil society creates trust and engagement of the stakeholders in the organization.

NGOs should in no way be related to any political parties, or else this inquest the basis of their inception. They should adopt an ethic of neutrality so as to promote standards and principles of the country. NGOs should note that indulging in any malpractices or nefarious works is highly detrimental to their reputation and undermines the trust and support of their stakeholders and as well as the public. They must regularly analyze any potential risk of corruption and alleviate these risk as well as implement productive mechanisms for strengthening their overall internal systems. NGOs also need to present legitimate accounts for their decisions and activities they are undertaking, this ignites a high level of transparency and compliance.

To promote an accountable and transparent humanitarian response, NGOs should be able to identify accountability gaps present at any level and assist to tackle the problem. Also, feedback and complaints mechanisms should be imperatively included as part of the coordination system. These will ensure that NGOs work efficiently under the a top-notch leadership of a dedicated cadre.

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Registered in February 2015, YUVA started as a group of enthusiastic individuals, and today it has mobilised thousands of young people with a simple aim of creating a better future for children and youth of Mauritius. At the heart of YUVA’s duty lies the conviction that the collective destinies of the human race are bound together.

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