Who we are
The Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat (NPO Secretariat) is a State agency established by the Non-Profit Organization Policy 2020 and the Non-Profit Organisation Directives 2020. It has taken over the registration role of the Department of Social Welfare and has the responsibility of regulating and empowering the non-profit organization sector in the country.
A Non-Profit Organisation is a not-for-profit, non-governmental legal person or association or organisation voluntarily established, that primarily engages in mobilising and use resources for purposes such as charitable, religious, cultural, educational, social or communal purposes or for carrying out of other types of not for profit purposes and public good in the public interest.
A community-based organisation (CBO) is a group of enthusiasts that support a common motive in a specific area. They are also referred to as grassroots organizations or peoples’ organizations and are distinct in nature and purpose from other NPOs.
CBOs are normally “membership” organizations made up of a group of individuals who have joined together to further their own interests (e.g.: women’s groups, credit Unions, youth clubs, cooperatives and farmer associations, Community Development Associations etc.)
However, both NPOs and CBOS work on identical ground and share a common motive- the welfare of society and the people.
The NPO Policy and Directives therefore directs the licensing and monitoring of the Community Based Organisations as well as supporting and strengthening their structure to enable the CBOs impact positively their target group.
The NPO Secretariat started its operations in December 2020 under the supervision of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. Since the establishment of the NPO Secretariat in 2020, the Department of Social Welfare then the supervising agency of the NPO Sector transferred a total of 10,030 registered NPOs to the Secretariat.
The mandate of the Non-Profit Organization Secretariat is to establish an effective regulatory and coordinating mechanism that will facilitate durable partnership with the non-profit community taking into consideration best practices.
A competent, functioning and sustainable Non-Profit Sector.
To efficiently and effectively regulate and support the Non-Profit Sector to enhance its contributions to national development.
The NPO Secretariat shall:
- License institutions to operate as Non-Profit Organizations
- Maintain and publish a list of NPOs in good standing in the country.
- Establish standards,Directives and codes of practice in collaboration with the NPO sector.
- Adopt a risk-based approach in monitoring and supervising NPOs identified to be vulnerable to money laundering or terrorist financing.
- Laise between Government and the NPO sector.
- 6. Advise the sector Minister on matters of policy relating to the NPO sector, and
- 7. Collaborate with relevant domestic and international Law Enforcement Agencies in investigations and the sharing of information.