NGOs Under Suspicion

Posted by marmara on June 19, 2011

Every time an NGO has problems generating social unrest. Sometimes, this concern reflects the prejudices of those who reject the activity of the Third Sector. These are people who believe that, at best, a nonprofit institution is a machine of wasting resources. NGOs often call government organizations that receive grants, but are surprised when they said that private companies are far superior and grants are not considered public companies. Other times, these problems serve to justify inhibited about working with NGOs. To have knowledge of any institutional activity such as NGOs, they are accountable to society in a transparent manner. In the private sector, the combination of competition and market making firms that are not efficient disappear.

The same paper carries the democratic system with the public sector. In the Third Sector, the main mechanism of progress and efficiency is the scrutiny of donors, volunteers, media and society in general. And it is only possible with a full and transparent accountability. Accountability and transparency are most useful when they allow the comparison between them, and therefore the election. The government, as the Spanish Agency for International Development or the Ministry of Social Affairs, have monitoring systems to the entities that fund. The NGO Coordinating Committee on Development and other NGO groups have codes of ethics and conduct. However, there is no single registry of foundations and nonprofit associations. In Spain, the Third Sector is composed of thousands of institutions (though the relevant number is closer to 1. 500), which managed a budget of around 1.

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