Poor guidance hampers AIDS projects: NGOs

Published: June 28, 2011

MUMBAI: The recently-compiled damning reports on eight NGOs working in targeted HIV/AIDS projects in the city and state have raised many uncomfortable questions about funding agencies too. Some of the NGOs have said that improper mentoring and irregular funding were also to be blamed for their poor performance.

City-based NGO Humsafar Trust that faired unimpressively in the National Aids Control Organization’s (NACO) evaluation has not managed to pay salaries of its staffers since March this year. According to the report, the NGO that has been handling three projects in Mankhurd, Mahim and Mulund among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender population, had also reported delay of six to eight months in release of the annual budget. The report, a copy of which is with TOI, states clearly that delay in funds has hampered the project activities.

Ashok Row Kavi, trustee of Humsafar Trust, said, the three projects funded by Avert Society were reeling under a fund crunch for nearly six months. "The pattern of different funding agencies differs. Avert Society has to get approval from several departments. The fund comes from the US to NACO and eventually reaches NGOs," he said adding that the funds were not paid in advance but reimbursed later. Kavi added that the audit records of the NGO were complete and audited as per Avert’s requirements.

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