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 Budget 2020-2021 has been presented in an exceptional context amid severe ramifications of the coronavirus outbreak on the economy and public finances. According to the budget estimates, the Mauritian economy contracted by 5.8 percent during the financial year 2019-2020 and is expected to shrink by a further 7 percent in 2020-2021. A return to positive growth is not anticipated before 2022.
One of the consequences of the economic recession is a significant drop in tax revenue. The shortfall in revenue from taxation in 2020-2021 compared to the year 2018-2019 is estimated at 8 percent.
Despite the scale of the economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis, Government has maintained its social spending under the welfare state and the different social protection schemes for the vulnerable.
In the 2019-2020 Budget a measure was announced to the effect that the National CSR Foundation would be transformed into a National Social Inclusion Foundation with a new Charter.
We are pleased to inform all our stakeholders that the Foundation has now been officially renamed as the National Social Inclusion Foundation.
In future, all correspondences should be addressed to:
National Social Inclusion Foundation
Level 6, Garden Tower
The Secretariat of the Foundation may be contacted on 4055152 or 4055169.
The Foundation is working on a new brand identity and website which will be launched in due course.
The new Charter of the National Social Inclusion Foundation can be downloaded below.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the NSIF is currently preparing a post-lockdown response to the financial and operational challenges NGOs are likely to face in the delivery of their programmes/ projects and of national programmes.
The Covid-19 crisis will have unprecedented economic ramifications. Nonetheless, the Foundation reiterates its commitment to support NGOs in the implementation of their programmes/projects and of national programmes such as to maintain the much-needed services and support to beneficiaries.
In order to allow us to better respond to emerging needs, problems and challenges resulting from the Covid-19 crisis, we are inviting views and
suggestions from NGOs registered with the NSIF on the following themes.
- At the organisational level: How are operations affected? What financial and operational adjustments are needed to ensure continuity of services/activities and any support that may be required?
- At the sectoral level: Are the needs of beneficiaries likely to evolve and what strategies/measures are required to adapt to those needs in the short to medium term?
Replies are to be sent by email at [email protected] by Thursday 7 May 2020.
Kindly note that our staff is working remotely during the lockdown period. We are reachable by email only. Our helpdesk on 260 2406 shall be operational again when national restrictions are lifted.
The National Social Inclusion Foundation (NSIF), established by Government in December 2016, is the Central Body for receiving and allocating public funds to NGOs. The Foundation operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Social Integration, Social Security and National Solidarity. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the NSIF is finalising its post-lockdown response to the financial and operational challenges NGOs are likely to face in the delivery of their programmes and projects, including National Programmes.
Improved Funding Support to NGOs
The Foundation reviewed its funding framework last year in order to harmonise the disbursement of Government grants and allocation of funds to NGOs. Funding support provided to NGOs has been
improved and adapted, taking into consideration the types of intervention, organisational capacities and funding needs.
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.
The 17th of October commemorates the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This year’s theme is “Acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty”.
The message of the Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment on the occasion can be downloaded below.
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.
The National CSR Foundation held meetings with NGOs receiving Government grants which, since January 2019, are being disbursed by the Foundation.
The main objective of the meeting was to discuss the harmonisation of the allocation, disbursements and monitoring of grant funding with the funding framework of the National CSR Foundation.
Some 80 representatives from 60 NGOs previously receiving grants from different ministries attended the meetings scheduled as follows.
|Ministry||Sector||Date of Meeting|
|Ministry of Health and Quality |
|Substance abuse and promotion of health||Wednesday 26 June|
|Ministry of Gender equality, Child Development and Family Welfare||Residential care institutions for children and women||Thursday 4 July|
|Ministry of Social Security and National Solidarity||Residential care homes for the elderly||Thursday 11 July|
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 National Social Inclusion Foundation (NSIF) is the central body to receive an allocate public funds to NGOs registered with the Foundation.
The NSIF supports programmes and projects of NGOs in 10 priority areas of intervention, one of them being Environment and Sustainable Development.
Further to the MV Wakashio Oil-Spill off Pointe d’Esny, the Foundation invited NGOs by way of a correspondence dated 10 August 2020 to submit their views and suggestions on challenges NGOs are likely to face in their endeavour to preserve our marine and coastal environment in the aftermath of this national crisis. The aim is to prepare a response strategy with a view to addressing the needs of NGOs in the short, medium and long term.
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 Social Inclusion Foundation (NSIF) issued a publi-reportage in the local press to communicate its transformation from the National CSR Foundation and present its new corporate identity. The publi-reportage also provides information on registration and funding of NGOs since 2017 to date and the main aspects of the review of the existing funding framework. It includes testimonials of NGOs supported by the NSIF.
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.