Ntcheu NGOs Shunning Remote Areas, NGO Board Study
A district mapping exercise conducted by the NGO Board in Ntcheu on operations of organizations there has revealed that a majority are working in areas with easy accessibility living out the hard-to-reach areas.
NGO Board Service Centre Officer for Ntcheu, Priyanka Jere says by shunning to work in hard to reach areas, community livelihoods opt to benefit from projects will continue to be vulnerable.
"During the exercise, it comes to our attention that distribution of projects among Non-governmental organizations is mainly focusing in areas with easy accessibility," Jere said.
However, Jere says the board will continue engaging NGOs for fair distribution of developmental activities across the district.
Vice Chairperson for Ntcheu Civil Society Network, Lemani Ngaiyaye says most of the operations are determined by donors supporting their interventions.
"Donors call for proposals for us to express interest. However, such proposals usually indicate where to work hence we do not have options but abide by to donors' interests," Ngaiyaye said.
The NGO Board conducted the district mapping between November 2020 to January 2021 where it has discovered that out of 31 NGOs working in Ntcheu, 25 are registered with the board.
Further, the study also reveals that the health sector topped the list of NGO interventions at 26% seconded by the agriculture sector at 22%.