Terrorism assessment crucial in proper utilization of resources in organizations

By Levison Lester

The Non-Governmental Organizations Regulatory Authority (NGORA) has expressed optimism that the financial terrorism assessment on NGOs will enhance good governance on the use of resources in the country; thereby contributing to national development.

Chief Executive Officer for NGORA, Edward Chileka Banda made the remarks on Friday in Lilongwe during an interface meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on the suppression of terrorist financing and proliferation within NGOs.

Banda said the assignment is of great importance as it will safeguard organizations from acts of corruption.

“We also wanted to alert NGOs of requirements that are present in the interest of ensuring that resources are utilized properly in the sector. Internationally, there is an issue of financing terrorism, and we are asking NGOs to ensure they don’t get involved in any acts prohibited by law,” Banda said.

Banda then urged organizations to get a license if they were operating without proper documentation, saying this will help to sustain interventions that NGORA undertakes in boosting capacity building.

Country Director for Amref Health Africa in Malawi, Hester Mkwinda Nyasulu described the assessment put forward by NGORA as a positive development and called upon every organization wishing to create an environment where there is no room for terrorism to take part.

“We are looking forward to the plans that NGORA has put through; for instance, the issue of capacity building and assessment of organizations. For us as NGOs, the assessment is a welcome development because financing terrorism is not good.

“I am encouraging other organizations to take part in the exercise because together we can create an environment free from terrorists in our sector,” said Nyasulu.

The interface meeting was graced by representatives from Amref Health Africa, Save the Children, Christian Aid as well as representatives from Ministry of Gender.