INGOs spending Rs 25b annually outside the govt’s treasury

Published On: July 1, 2018 05:30 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 1: A total of 204 international non-government organizations (INGOs) are mobilizing an annual Rs 24.95 billion in Nepal that do not come through the government treasury. 

According to data collected by the Ministry of Finance, 204 INGOs are providing assistance to the country under various projects. Hellen Keller International, Oxfam, Save the Children International, Water Aid Nepal, World Wildlife Fund and Action Aid International are some of the INGOs who have been mobilizing huge amount of funds for various projects. 

While the Action Aid International Nepal has been channelizing assistance under the project of Equitable Action to End Poverty in 24 districts with the annual budget of Rs 337.08 million, Hellen Keller International has been pouring in Rs 1.07 billion annually into ‘SUAAHARA II: Good Nutrition Program’ in 40 districts, according to a report of the Ministry of Finance. 

World Wildlife Fund has been running two separate projects on ‘Hariyo Ban Program’. While Hariyo Ban Program is being implemented in 33 districts with annual budget of Rs 289.18 million, another project entitled ‘Hario Ban Program-II’ is being implemented in 14 districts with annual budget of Rs 314.53 million.

There are over dozen projects being implemented by the INGOs for reconstruction after the 2015 earthquakes. Arbeiter-Samariter-Buns has been running a project on building resilience of communities through Inclusive and Rise Aware Reconstruction and Development in the Post-Earthquake, and mobilizing Rs 31.69 million in annual budget in Dhading and Dolakha. Care International is another INGO that has been mobilizing huge budget for post-earthquake rehabilitation. The US-based organization has been mobilizing Rs 755.92 million in earthquake response project annually between 2016 and 2020. 

Another organization is Caritas which is spending Rs 263.59 million annually for rehabilitation of earthquake-affected schools in Sindhupalchowk and Kathmandu, according to the report. Catholic Relief Services has the annual project budget of Rs 403.06 million for recovery and resilience program in Gorkha.

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