cde debates
  • South Africa’s NGOs are characterised by dependency on foreign funding. In a CDE debate, participants were asked to comment on the future of South Africa’s NGOs.
  • South African NGOs represent a capacity that often does not exist anywhere else; they have achieved a great deal while the state has a poor record of accomplishment.
  • A major fault line exists between those who believe that the enabling environment requires the passing of new, comprehensive regulations in a non-profit organisations bill and those who believe that all that is necessary is to scrap or amend existing legislation.
  • South Africa requires an enabling environment in which NGOs can operate. The NGO sector has been weakened and the draft Non-Profit Organisations Bills introduced to strengthen NGOs has had the opposite effect of what was intended.