NGO funding must be monitored & audited

Source: The internet

 

JAKARTA — Ricky AVENZORA, a forestry and environmental observer from Bogor Agricultural Institute/IPB reminds that the government must not permit elite mafia donor and environmental NGOs to become a threat against Indonesia’s national interests.

“On the other hand, donor-related officials should be prevented from forming a human resource cartel to smooth the potential white-collar crimes in the use of donor funds,” Ricky said in Jakarta on Sunday (14/7).

Ricky reminded, last year, more than $ 44 million US dollars in grants for the environmental causes have been disbursed unattended to various environmental and institutional NGOs in Indonesia. “The government must firmly establish the pattern of donor fund usage directly and rigidly. And DPR should also be selective in government revenue related to environmental issues,” Ricky said.

Ricky added, the state also needs to open people’s eyes about how actually the debt of environmental funds so far. “Various failures may be unnecessary because we all already know why it failed, but the learning process must be equally enforced and agreed not to repeat the same mistake.”

According to Ricky, the potential of capital flight in the dynamics of donors should be reduced to a minimum, while the integrity of science and professionalism of work must be measured.

Quoting http://www.climateandlandusealliance.org/  he revealed, quite a lot of environmental funding NGOs comes from Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA) based in San Francisco, California, USA.

Among the Indonesian NGO receiving regularly fundings from the US are are HuMa (US $ 575,000), Jerat (US $ 114,000), AMAN (US $ 699,826), JKPP (US $ 800,000), KKI WARSI (US $ 595,289), Mitra (1,230,400 US dollars), Mongabay Org Corp. (735 thousand US dollars), RAN (2,096,000 US dollars), Samdhana Inc. (3,922.429 US dollars), WetlandS Int. (249,962 US dollars), WWF (200.445 US dollars), and Walhi (536.662 US dollars).

Other institutions that are also seen as beneficiaries are SEKALA (1,316.939 US dollars), CIFOR (415,000 US dollars), FFI (449.218 US dollars), and ICRAF (497.196 US dollars) and Stichting Oxfam Novib (700 thousand US dollars).

NGO Transparency

Meanwhile, La Ode Muhammad RABIALI, IPB researcher on the Effectiveness and Sustainability Performance of Environmental NGOs In Greening Activities revealed that environmental NGOs have no awareness on the importance of transparency in the use of funds to the community. On the other hand, the state or government does not have a strong control over the transparency of environmental NGOs as outlined in law/rules or through government regulations. States have not fully implemented UU No. 14/2008 on Public Information Transparency.

On the other hand, the state or government does not have a strong control over the transparency of environmental NGOs as outlined in law/rules or through government regulations. States have not fully implemented UU No. 14/2008 on Public Information Transparency.

The study also revealed that in general the government and the community agreed and/or strongly agreed that the pattern of environmental NGOs in Indonesia is for the interests of foreign countries.

This means that Indonesian environmental NGOs: (1) rely heavily on foreign aid (2) the vision and mission are foreign visions and missions (3) obedient and subject to the mechanisms and rules of foreign countries (4) lack of nationalism (5) and are a threat to state sovereignty.

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