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West Nile | THE NORTHERN LINK UG| In order to understand how the NGO world operates, Arua District NGO Network organized a compliance Clinic for the registered members with the network among which include CBOs, NGOs, faith-based organizations, and associations to interact with the officials from National NGO Bureau, Uganda Registration Service Bureau (URSB), Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA)

During the clinic, Twaib Feni, the Chief Executive Officer Arua District NGO Network said the clinic is to create awareness to make people understand, demand from the Authority how the organizations operate.
 
Twin on behalf of the network disclosed to the members present for the clinic including the officials from the Authorities responsible for the compliance of the challenge of communication in which he said that not all the organizations are acquainted with online communication. Now he appeals to authorities like National NGO Bureau and Financial Intelligence Authority to spread their wings to other regions like what Uganda Registration Service Bureau has done.
 
The chairperson of the Arua District NGO Network informed the members of the different organizations about the thrives they have made in their operations. He said the Network is 24 years old and they have been able to register with the 20 International NGOs, 37 Local NGOs, 48 Community Based Organizations, 6 faith organizations,1 cultural institution, and as a network they have been able to comply with FIA, National NGO Bureau
 
The LC 5 chairperson Yumbe district said Currently there are 245 partners working in the district of which 122 are local NGOs, 118 are international NGOs and others are community-based Organizations of these NGOs only 145 have a valid memorandum of understanding with the district local government, 58 NGOs have expired memorandum of understanding, 42 NGOs are in partnership with the district but untraceable, 60 NGOs had new projects unknown to the office of the Prime Minister and 54 NGOs have crossed to other areas where they are not supposed to work.
 
However, the Executive Director National NGO Bureau Stephen Okello said every NGO operating must have three documents and these include the certificate of incorporation, certificate of registration, and valid NGO permit less of these, the NGO ceases to work in Uganda.
 
According to section 44 subsection 1(a) of the NGO Act, 2016 as amended says an organization shall not operate in an area without the approval of the local government authority where the organization intends to operate.

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