The non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) sector contributed a total of KSh21 billion to Kenya’s health sector in Financial Year 2019-2020.
According to the NGOs Co-ordination Board 2019-2020 Report, the vital health sector was the leading beneficiary of the funds from various NGOs operating in the country.
In total, the report says NGOs received KSh158.7 billion from various sources. KSh97.8 billion of the funds was used in implementing projects, KSh66.6 billion spent in Kenya while KSh31.3 was channeled towards projects in other countries.
Other Kenyan sectors to have benefited in NGOs funds include; Children– KSh8.5 billion, Education-KSh7.1 billion, Relief/Disaster Management-KSh5.3 billion, Agric.- KSh3.4 billion, Governance- KSh1.7 billion just to name but a few.
NGOs boosting Big Four Agenda
NGOs spent KSh25 billion in implementing projects related to the Big Four Agenda during the FY2019-2021.
Apart from the KSh21 billion that went to the Universal Health Care pillar, KSh3.7 billion was channeled towards food security, KSh129 million went to manufacturing, as KSh183 was spent on Housing pillar.
Speaking during the release of the report on Monday, April 12, NGOs Board Head of Research and Policy, Zilpah Angwenyi said that the NGO sector is growing greatly. In 1992, Kenya had a paltry 100 NGOs. In FY2019/2020, the number has grown to 11,624.
The NGOs Co-ordination Act of 1990 mandates the board to receive, analyse and evaluating annual reports of NGOs, advise government on the activity of NGOs and their role in national development and advise NGOs to harmonise their activities to the national development plan like the Vision 2030, SDGs and the Big Four Agenda.
The annual NGOs week kicked off today, with 2021’s theme being “NGOs Involvement In The Sustainability of Livelihoods”.
Today’s event saw the launching of the NGOs Sector Report 2019-2020.
The objectives of the NGOs Week 2021 are:
- To provide an opportunity for NGO sector players to showcase their activities, share experiences and network with other development stakeholders and the public.
- To improve relations between the Civil Society Organizations (CSO) sector and the Government.
- To provide an opportunity to discuss the role of CSOs in the implementation of the Big Four Government agenda.
- To provide a platform for sharing experiences on the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
- To highlight the achievements of the NGOs as a sector worth funding and to demonstrate their contribution to national economy