Budget 2019-2020 provides for a number of measures with regards to the National CSR Foundation as follows.
- The Foundation will be transformed into a National Social Inclusion Foundation to strengthen its role as a key Government agency in the fight against poverty and social exclusion and to further consolidate its support to NGOs to the benefit of poor and vulnerable groups.
- The Foundation will devise National Programmes for more impactful actions on poverty alleviation. Special attention will be given to education as means of combating child poverty. The Foundation will thus, in the first instance, propose National Programmes for crèches/nursery and educational support to vulnerable children at primary and secondary level.
- In order to better support vulnerable children and improve their educational performance, 50 primary schools in poverty areas will be converted into Fortified Learning Environment Schools and specialised educational support will be provided to students in the Extended Programme. Rs80 million has been earmarked for this initiative which will be implemented with the support of NGOs.
- The grant-in-aid is being increased by 10 percent and the grant paid for the maintenance of buildings of Residential Care Homes eligible under the Social Aid Act is being doubled.
- The Foundation will undertake a classification of NGOs to improve and better tailor its funding support to different types of NGOs. It will help to maximise the role and effectiveness of NGOs. Concepts of community based NGOs and NGO d’Utilité Publique will be introduced.
The NCSR Foundation disburses funds to organisations for approved projects in a maximum of 3 instalments. The first disbursement is made after signature of the Contract of Agreement while the second and third disbursements are conditional upon satisfactory monitoring, compliance to the Contract Agreement and submission of required information and documents. The Foundations has disbursed Rs 127,200,106 as at 17 May 2018, representing 63 percent of the total amount approved.
Hon. Alain WONG, M.S.K., Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment was present at Ecole Pere Henri Souchon – Oasis de Paix, Pointe aux Sables to celebrate the 51st anniversary of
Independence and the 27th anniversary of the Republic of Mauritius.
The Flag raising ceremony was held on Monday 11 March 2019 at 10 a.m. in the presence of Mr Amedee Poupard, President and Mrs Monique Leung, Director of Oasis de Paix together with staff
members and students of Ecole Pere Henri Souchon.
Oasis de Paix is an NGO founded by late Father Henri Souchon and Mrs Monique Leung in February 2006.
Ecole Pere Henri Souchon which is run by the organisation has a student population of 185 boys and girls aged between 9 to 17 years old. They come mostly from poor and vulnerable families living in the surrounding areas of the capital and from regions as far as Camp Levieux, Ste Hilaire and St Hubert.
The programmes of Oasis de Paix are supported by the National CSR Foundation. Funds amounting to Rs 3 million and Rs 5.9 million have been approved under the General Call for Proposals in 2017
and 2018 respectively.
Hon.Alain Wong, Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment proceeded to the launching of the General Call for Proposals 2018 and the Release of the Monitoring Report on Thursday 19th July 2018 at Sir Harilal Vaghjee Hall, National Assembly, Port-Louis.
Some 250 NGOs attended this function.
Mr Medavy Munien-Pillay, Chairperson of the National CSR Foundation and Prof. Dhanjay Jhurry CSK, GOSK, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mauritius signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two institutions on Monday 18 March 2019. The signing ceremony was held at the Council and Senate Room of the University. Three collaborative research projects have been initiated under the MoU as follows:
- Impact Evaluation of Programmes/Projects Funded by the National CSR Foundation
- Capacity Assessment and Training Needs Analysis of the NGO Sector
- A Study on Early Childhood Care Services at the Community Level
The Council members and the staff of the National CSR Foundation participated in a “Retreat” on Thursday 26 April 2018 at CoWorking, st Georges st, Port-Louis.
The objectives were to:
- make an overview of the first call for project proposals of the foundation; and
- discuss on a new funding framework for the foundation.
The National CSR Foundation has started the process of signature of Funding Contract Agreements (FCA) for proposals approved under the General for Proposals 2018.
As at 20 December 2018, 55 NGOs had signed Funding Contract Agreements in respect of 73 proposals approved for a total amount of Rs65.2 million.
A first disbursement amounting to Rs32.6 million, i.e. half of the amount approved, has been made to the organisations concerned.
Stakeholder Workshop on the Strategic Plan and Funding Strategy of the National CSR Foundation
Workshop held at Voila Bagatelle to validate the National CSR Foundation’s Strategic Plan 2017-2019 and discuss its proposed funding strategy and a framework for action on social inclusion in view of its second call for proposals.
The National CSR Foundation participated in a workshop themed ‘Promoting Ethical Practices by Managing Committees of NGOs working for Children’ organised by ICAC and the Ombudsperson for Children’s Office on Tuesday 30 April 2019.
The event, held at ICAC Headquarters, Reduit, brought together around 100 representatives of NGOs working with children for exchanges on governance and ethical practices in NGOs. The programme included presentations by ICAC, the Ombudsperson for Children and the National CSR Foundation.
Addressing the audience during the opening ceremony, Mr Medavy Munien, Chairperson of the National CSR Foundation, stressed the importance of working together in partnership with all stakeholders to build governance capacity in the NGO sector. He laid emphasis on key aspects of good governance, namely, responsibility, transparency, integrity and trust.