VIJAY DEVKOTA, KATHMANDU, Jan 12
115 of the 190 international nongovernmental organizations (INGO) operating in Nepal spent Rs 22 billion in development processes in 2014. These INGOs affiliated with the Association of International NGOs (AIN) spent the amount through local NGOs, community organizations and different government bodies.
The amount spent by the organized institutions is around 10 percent of the total foreign assistance received by the country in 2014, according to the AIN. These INGOs mobilized their money in 40 different sectors. "The amount has been mobilized in the sectors prioritized by the government as far as possible, and transparency in the spending process has also increased in comparison to the preceding years," Presnews_ident of the AIN Deepak Raj Sapkota says. He claims actual data of expenditure and transparency in spending have also increased due to the Anews_id Management Platform (AMP) started by the Finance Ministry.
Thousands of citizens have been in/directly employed with the money mobilized apart from development works, according to the Membership Report 2014 recently published by the AIN. The highest number of INGOs under the AIN has been registered in America followed by Britain, Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, Netherland and Canada. The number of INGOs registered in Norway, South Korea, Brazil, Ireland, and Sweden, however, is comparatively low.
Five INGOs spent around Rs 1 billion each in 2014. The regulatory body Social Welfare council (SWC) has yet to publish spending descrips of the remaining 75 of the 190 INGOs active in Nepal.
|INGOs mobilizing more than Rs 1 billion||Amount (in Rs)|
|Save The Children||3,511,591,914|
|Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation||2,386,100,000|