Understanding the 1989 Decree that binds Nonprofit Organizations in Haiti (Part Three)

Chapter 3Supervision and Coordination of Non-Governmental Development Assistance

Problematic/Need for Reform

Article 16 (PS ONLY MENTIONED THE PROBLEMATIC SECTION OF ARTICLE 16; PLEASE VIEW THE COMPLETE LIST ON MPCE)

The Coordination Unit of NGO activities guides and coordinates the activities of NGOs across the country.

It also performs the following duties:

  1. Study programs and projects of the files submitted by these organizations based on the priorities of the National Development Plan and the opinion of the sectors concerned.
  2. Make appropriate recommendations, where appropriate it, the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation
  3. Ensuring the necessary steps to solve the administrative problems posed by private aid.
  4. Maintain the list of NGOs operating in the country.
  5. Present at the end of each financial year the balance of NGO activities.

Article 18 (PS ONLY MENTIONED THE PROBLEMATIC SECTION OF ARTICLE 18; PLEASE VIEW THE COMPLETE LIST ON THE LINK)

To fulfill the above-mentioned tasks, the County Council for Coordination and Supervision of NGO activities have the following powers:

  1. Inform NGO priorities identified in National Development Programs and direct them to projects identified by the people of the localities concerned.
  2. Assist NGOs in formulating their programs and projects.
  3. Inform the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation of the progress of planned activities and their effects on the well-being of the target populations by quarterly reports.
  4. Bringing together representatives of NGOs based in the Department every six months.
  5. To facilitate the practical solution of the problems they face in implementing their programs.
  6. Perform any other tasks that may lead to the coordination of NGOs.

In the United States, nonprofits have Form 1023 and Form 990; the difference is that the government does not insert itself in the organization as a dictator. Form 1023 asks for a separate document to showcase your past, present, and future activities; however, it does not dictate what your organization should focus on. The reason both Article 16 and 18 are on my blacklist is that a government should not be taking the role of a board of director nor stakeholder. The management of a nonprofit internally, as well as externally, is influenced by the regulations set before them; whereas they need to comply with tax regulations by keeping proper records (bookkeeping); however, Haiti does not recognize modern software like Quickbooks, Quicken, Microsoft Dynamics GP to name a few. This serious detriment sets nonprofits back decades.

Part Four…

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