South Africa: NGOs Cutting Back or Closing Down as Donor Funds Dry Up
June 1, 2009
The global economic downturn has shrunk funding for many non-governmental organizations that assist HIV-positive persons and other disadvantaged populations, even as demand for the NGOs' services is spiking.
"HIV/AIDS is not in recession," Dubual said. "We are starting to explore collaborations with partner organizations. We must also focus on getting local funding."
An umbrella group for more than 3,000 NGOs, the South African National NGO Coalition, has cut back its efforts. NGOs in the coalition are closing or not paying staff, said coalition spokesperson Jacob Molapisi.
NGOs are a huge but under-recognized part of the South African economy, said Shelagh Gastrow, executive director of Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement. "It's time for NGOs to put down the begging bowl and start looking at how they can be self-sustainable," Gastrow said.
Business Day (South Africa)
05.23.2009; Luphert Chilwane, Hajra Omarjee
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