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GOVERNMENT has called on Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) to sure that there is transparency in the manner they utilise funds from donors.

North-Western Province Permanent Secretary Ephraim Mateyo said it was important to make sure that there was accountability in the utilisation of donor funds.

He said the funds were taxpayers money from donor countries.

Mr Mateyo was speaking during the inception meeting organised by the Youth Alliance for Development (YAD) in Solwezi.

The meeting was convened to mark the beginning of the four-year project aimed at capacity building youths in democracy and governance.

‘’Just like in our country, every one of us is taxed and that is the money these donors give you. So we have to be very transparency because those are public funds,’’ Mr Mateyo said.

He said certain NGOs were just formed for sole purpose of making money through project proposals.

‘’That should not be the vision of any organization, no. The purpose is to see how we are going to change in our communities.

Positive change and I think this is what our cooperating partners are looking forward to,’’ he said.

And Mr Mateyo said there was need for increased youth participation in the governance processes, as it was a true element of democracy.

‘’The problem that we have is that youths are always rushing for white collar jobs. That should end,’’ he said.

He said Government would continue to empower youths in order to make them self-reliant.

And YAD executive director Eliack Shikamo said his organisation was undertaking the Strengthened Accountability Programme, an initiative under the Building-youth-voices in democracy and accountability.

He said the programme was in phase two in which the organisation had targeted the young people.

Mr Shikamo said the programme would be undertaken in five districts in the province namely Kasempa, Mwinilunga, Kalumbila, Mushindamo and Solwezi.

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