Posted on | juli 19, 2012 | No Comments
NL-Aid started a national petition through http://petities.nl
NL-Aid is in favor of changing the Dutch Freedom of Information Act. At this moment it only applies to govermental bodies and not to private organizations like foundations. In this way, the government can invest tax money without the posibility to monitor by the public. Politicians can hide behind the secretive policy of foundations with their closed doors. This must change. Like the Swedish model, foundations must hand over all documents and evidence to citizens if they claim.
It would give the development sector more grace than at present. The criticisms and doubts about the success rate of Dutch aid over the past 50 years, must be taken seriously. Besides, we have the right to know if our tax money is spent effectively. At this moment, we must sail on accounting audits which are not public. Foundations have no obligation of physical proof.
NGOs, charities, development organizations, The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, foundations and politicians should proof rather than to claim. The latter remains a bit stuck in a vacuum.
NL-Aid want to emphasize that we do not believe that foundations abuse the current law but the systeem is a bit vulnerable to the effectiveness of foundations in general.
Our goal is to get 40,000 supporter. In this way, NL-Aid, is able to present this initiative to the Dutch parliament and they are obliged to treat the subject.