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Over 600 INGO/NGOs Shut

[The Sunday Leader.lk, Sunday, 6 November 2011 13:18 No Comment]

By Indika Sri Aravinda

Over 600 International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGO) and local NGOs have been shut since the end of the war in May 2009, the Secretariat monitoring NGOs at the Ministry of Defence said.

An official at the secretariat said that most of these INGOs and NGOs had been forced to shut down their operations owing to a lack of funds.

Others included projects being rejected by foreign donors, questions being raised about the role of some humanitarian agencies and lack of support from the government, the official said.

At the time the war ended there were 1300 INGOs and NGOs registered in Sri Lanka but of that 600 have shut down.

Some INGOs have also been expelled from Sri Lanka for operating in a manner which could harm the country, the Secretariat said.

One such INGO expelled from Sri Lanka is the Non-Violent Peace Force.

The Secretariat also said that all the INGOs and NGOs operating in Sri Lanka will be categorized and listed in a directory.

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