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Top Executive Frowns On “Fake NGOs” In West Africa

 By Ballah M. Kollie 

MONROVIA, April 30 (LINA) – The Executive Director of Urgent Action Fund Africa, Ndana Bofu Tawamba, has frowned on the proliferation of “fake NGOs” in West Africa.

Urgent Action Fund-Africa is a pan-African and feminist Fund, established in 2001 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Using a rapid response grant making model, the Fund supports unanticipated, time-sensitive, innovative, and bold initiatives.

According to Tawamba, West Africa has the highest number of fake NGOs sending fake applications to donors.

She made the statement at the end of a three-day Feminist Agenda Setting Conference held at a local hotel in Monrovia recently.

“One of the challenges that funders find from African countries, particularly those in West Africa, is the existence of fake NGOs and there are so many ‘briefcase’ NGOs,” she added.

Tawamba said given the social, political and economic changes at the global level, women’s rights institutions should begin to seek resources locally before looking to the West.

“We need to begin to locate from among ourselves the resources that are required to support our works as our partners are beginning to ask as to what is wrong with Africans, especially so when they have several billionaires who should be funding the activities of their people,” she emphasized.

According to her, there are about 41 billionaires in West Africa from whom funding needs to be solicited.

Meanwhile, Tawamba has called for the enhancement of the capacity of women in proposal writing as it is through the solicitation of support through proposal writing that many institutions are funded and sustained.

It is also good for women organizations in the country to focus on public-private partnership with private institution, she said, noting that there are rich citizens who should be funding some of the works women do rather than just seeking external support.

She promised to take home the power of storytelling exhibited by her Liberian counterparts, describing it as one of the admirable lessons learned during the days of discussion, adding, “We are going to share your story as we are leaving this place richer and edified.”


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