Monday December 11, 2017

Hon. Gatwech Peter Kulang Cautioned High Registration Cost for Domestic and International NGOs Operating in Republic of South Sudan

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JUBA – A strong worded letter extended to the Upper Nile Times cautioned the RRC not to charge the National and International Organizations operating in the Republic of South Sudan with high price.  Mr. Kulang, Executive Director of Relief Organization for South Sudan (ROSS) in his letter strongly stressed that  “while ROSS consider this cost as very high in the whole region, the other conditions are not only deterrent to the growth of Humanitarian sector which is contributing a lot to this young national but also put unnecessary collusion between Sector and the new government”

The registration fees for any National Organization operating in the country is $450.00USD; whereas, for any International Organization operating in the country is $1,000.00USD.  Such move is seen to have frustrated the delivery of services to people in need.

In addition “it is important to note that the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) is clear on how decisions and actions should be done in all sectors of the government in order to rebuild a new nation” the letter read.

More importantly, “as the TGoNU has entered into implementation phase with a more consultative approach (between parties to the conflict) as prescribed in the ARCSS to tackle issues and move the country ahead, we expected RRC to shortly halt, consult with all its counterpart including humanitarian actors and come up with an effective and fair policy guidelines to promote the work of humanitarian agencies including registration but not the one which is more antagonistic” the letter read.

If considered, the low registration fees would allow NGOs to be optimistic about delivering services to South Sudanese people facing humanitarian hardship after two years of violence.  The violence has displaced more than millions of people and hundreds of thousands trapped in the UN Protection of Civilian Sites.

 

THE UPPER NILE TIMES

 

Philip Gual

An Upper Nile State correspondent for The Upper Nile Times. He currently resides in Malakal, Upper Nile State.


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