The NGO sector in Uganda is becoming bigger every day. You may not realize it, but most people are touched by it each day whether you realize it or not. The charitable sector is intertwined through every facet of our society, but many people would be surprised to learn how large and important it is in Uganda.
HERE ARE SOME FACTS ABOUT NGOS TO THE UGANDAN SOCIETY.
- THERE ARE 13000 REGISTERED NGOS ACCORDING TO THE REGISTER AT THE NGO BUREAU.
Of these, 70 percent of these NGOs have ten or fewer paid full-time staff. In comparison, just 20 percent of these NGOs reported having more than 50 employees. More than half (10 percent) are volunteer-run.
- THE NGO SECTOR IS ONE OF THE LARGEST IN AFRICA.
The non-profit sector is the second largest in the world and Africa at large. The Netherlands is the largest; the United States is the 5th when related to population size according to Imagine Canada.
- THE SECTOR BRINGS IN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS EACH YEAR TO OUR ECONOMY.
The NGO sector contributes an estimated 1.4 % and above to Uganda’s GDP each year. This is a billion dollars more than just a decade ago and is larger than the finance, gas and oil industries.
- A SMALL AMOUNT OF CHARITABLE SPENDING GOES TO ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS.
Less than 10% percent of all charitable expenditure goes to administrative costs, including overhead and fundraising.
- ONLINE DONATIONS ARE ON THE RISE.
Although overall donations have decreased by 0.5 percent from 2006 to 2015, online donations have steadily increased by 20.5 percent annually over the same period of time.
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