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United Nations: Agreement Signed with Olympic Committee

(Apr. 30, 2014) On April 28, 2014, the United Nations and the International Olympics Committee (IOC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the role of sports in development and peace. The pact was signed at U.N. headquarters by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the chief of the Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach. Ban stated “[s]port has great […]

Sri Lanka: Amendment Planned for NGO Funding Rules

(Apr. 29, 2014) According to Sri Lanka’s President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the country plans to amend laws on funding for non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The changes would give authorities the right to review the funding received by NGOs. (Sri Lankan Government to Amend Laws Related to Funding of NGOs, COLOMBO PAGE (Apr. 25, 2014).) Rajapaksa was answering […]

Croatia: Amendments to Law on Nonprofit Organizations Proposed

(Feb. 4, 2014) The Government of Croatia proposed a draft Law on Financial Operations and Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations on January 30, 2014. Among other provisions, the new Law would require non-profit organizations (NPOs) with annual revenue above HRK230,000 (about US$40,560) to register as new companies or other business entities. Rental and leasing activities are […]

Egypt: Draft Law to Regulate the Establishment and Funding of Non-Governmental Organizations

(Dec. 19, 2013) On December 14, 2013, Egypt’s Minister of Social Services announced that his Ministry had finished drafting legislation concerning the funding and establishment of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Egypt. The proposed law amends current law No. 84-2002. (Draft Law Allows the Foreign Funding of NGOs [in Arabic], AL MASRI AL YOUM (Dec. 13, […]

Kenya: Rejection of Bill Capping NGO Foreign Funding and Giving Spy Agency Broadened Surveillance Powers

(Dec. 12, 2013) On December 4, 2013, Kenya’s parliament rejected the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, 2013, which, if passed, would have amended various laws resulting, among others, in the limiting of funding streams of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the country and the expansion of surveillance powers of Kenya’s National Intelligence Service (NIS). (Jeremiah Kiplang’at, […]

Ethiopia: New Law on Nongovernmental Organizations Passed

(Jan. 13, 2009) On January 6, 2009, the Ethiopian Parliament passed into law the Proclamation for Registration and Regulation of Charities and Societies, which seeks to regulate activities of non-governmental organizations. The Proclamation establishes an oversight agency and detailed rules to regulate the establishment, fundraising, and membership of trusts and endowments, civil society organizations, and […]