GIS – 13 November, 2017: The National CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Foundation’s Report on the Outcome of the First Call for Projects 2017 was launched this morning at the National Empowerment Foundation, Garden Tower, in Port-Louis. The report reveals that 231 projects to the tune of Rs 203.67 million which concerns 173 NGOs and targeting 252,128 beneficiaries have been approved for funding.
The Report, along with the Foundation’s Consultative Process for a Strategic Plan 2017-2019, as well as its Annual Report 2016-2017, were launched by the Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, Mr Alain Wong.
In his address the Minister recalled that poverty reduction, inequality and social exclusion rank high on Government’s agenda. Poverty reduction needs concerted efforts and a collaborative approach, he said.
Minister Wong commended the role played by NGOs working at grass root and community levels to tackle the challenges posed by poverty across the country. Through the CSR, the private sector has over the years supported the projects and programmes of NGOs and contributed vastly in the fight against poverty, he added.
Speaking about the growing income inequality, the Minister observed that this constitutes a major concern. On that score the Budget 2017-2018 makes provision for the Negative Income Tax which is a landmark measure to tackle the problem, he said.
First Call for Projects
The First Call for Projects was launched by the National CSR Foundation in April 2017. An amount of Rs 82.04 million has already been disbursed as at 31 October 2017. Approved funds to individual projects range from a minimum of Rs 24,000 to a maximum of Rs 3 million. The average amount of funds approved works out at Rs 881,699 per project, and Rs 118 million per NGO benefitting from funding.
Most of the funds requested were for projects in the following priority areas: socioeconomic development; educational support and training; supporting people with disabilities; and dealing with health problems.
Strategic Plan 2017-2019
The draft Plan entitled ‘Towards a New CSR Framework for Collective Action on Social Inclusion and Equity’ constitutes a starting point of a series of concrete actions for a well elaborated and concerted approach towards poverty alleviation.
The Plan sets out four strategic goals:
- Ensure effectiveness of programmes and projects supported by the Foundation;
- Promote stakeholder collaboration and coordination;
- Empower NGOs to improve the impact and efficiency of their actions on the ground; and
- Build and uphold a principled, professional and service-oriented organisation culture and reputation
The whole Consultative Process, which also concerns Rodrigues, will ultimately culminate with a validation workshop in December 2017.
The National CSR Foundation, established in December 2016 by Government, is mandated to offer programmes and design projects for the benefit of individuals and families registered under the Social Register of Mauritius, and of vulnerable groups.
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