Rwanda: 40% of NGOs Don’t Pay Social Security for Staff

New data from an Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) study has revealed that more than 40 percent of local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) don’t contribute to social security and insurance coverage for their staff.

Furthermore, the recruitment practices of many NGOs do not adhere to relevant procedures, posing a risk to the well-being of employees during their retirement.

The findings of the local NGO Monitoring 2022-2023 report were presented during an engagement meeting between RGB and national NGOs in Kigali on Tuesday, June 27. There are approximately 2,000 national NGOs, according to RGB data. However, the assessment specifically examined 63 local NGOs during the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

RGB CEO Usta Kaitesi said that additional NGOs will undergo assessment in the upcoming fiscal year.

The assessment encompassed various indicators, including governance and compliance with laws, transparency and accountability, implementation of the organization’s core mandate, finance and human resource management, and partnership with stakeholders. Notably, the indicators related to finance and human resource management exhibited the poorest performance.

Within the finance category, only 41.2 percent of the total NGOs possessed a financial procedures manual, while 47.1 percent conducted financial and asset audits.

Regarding human resource (HR) management, the assessment revealed that only 41.2 percent of NGOs had an HR procedure manual, and a mere 29.4 percent followed staff recruitment procedures.