Donor funding cuts hit civil society

A SERIOUS reduction in donor funding has had a major impact on the operations of civil society organizations in Zambia which were working to uplift the lives of the vulnerable in society, says Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) executive director Patrick Nshindano.

Mr Nshindano told the Daily Nation in an interview that non-governmental organizations solely depended on donor funding which has influenced how civil society operated in the country.

He disclosed that donor funding has tremendously gone down in Zambia and to make matters worse civil society organizations were not allowed to engage in business because by nature they were non-profit-making.

“To a large extent most civil societies have gone down; there is a lot more that can be done by the organizations,” he said.

He said the organisations should stand for a cause by speaking on behalf of the vulnerable people because they understood the policy.

The CSPR executive director called on civil society organizations to create a platform which will continue to bring out the voices of the suffering people.

He said this following a report that civil society was not doing enough to see to it that the less privileged in the country were assisted by the Government.

Mr Nshidano said there were so many laws that needed to be understood because there were different players among civil society.

“There are those that are in advocacy and those that are direct trans-provision; those that look at policy they are quite a number of issues around that and that affects how the organisations are supposed to operate,” he said.

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