NGOs implored to desist from giving handouts that come with strings attached

By Tendai Munengwa

NON-GOVERNMENTAL organisations operating in Zimbabwe have been advised to focus on sustainable empowerment programmes instead of dishing out handouts.

This came out when Non-Governmental organisations led by USAID converged in Harare to launch a pilot project which will see youths being equipped with digital training to transform their lives.

“The main objective of this pilot project is train youths starting with Harare and we will move to Bulawayo then spread to other province. We have taken a new trajectory where youths will be trained digital skills so that they can penetrate in the ICT world markets where various business opportunity are found through using an ICT gadget like a phone in the comfort of their homes,” notes Munyaradzi Moyo, Head of Projects Urban Social Assistance Projects.

The Acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services Dr Beaulah Chirume welcomed the digital skills training project, saying it feeds well into the government drive to promote ICT.

She said: “We have judges, professors and heads of government whom we are training but the thrust you have taken is commendable because training youths means we are equipping the future leaders with the requisite skills in the face of global technological advancement.”

Guest of Honour at the event, Permanent Secretary for Provincial Affairs and Devolution for Harare Metropolitan Province, Mr Tafadzwa Muguti implored the NGOs to shift focus from handouts to promoting sustainable development.

“We are tired of receiving proposal of NGOS seeking land for to promote projects which are detrimental to the livelihoods of youths and communities. I challenge you USAID and other NGOs to create incubation hubs for ICT like we see in other countries like India and America’s the Silcon hub which produces high skilled personnel for the benefit of its nation.”

NGOs have in the past come under fire for sponsoring anti-government projects which feed into the regime change agenda.