The Botswana Federation of the Disabled (BOFOD) has not yet affiliated to the Botswana Council for Disabled; hence do not receive grants from it.
The Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Philip Makgalemele told Parliament that according to government policy guidelines, support for Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) were disbursed through one organisation serving as a mother body.
Mr Makgalemele said BOFOD’s request to affiliate to the council for disabled was not successful as it did not meet requirements such as adequate capacity to manage the organisation.
The assistant minister said organisations should be well established to be recommended as beneficiaries.
He said the federation, however has a strong relationship with the Coordinating Office for People with Disabilities and continues to access technical and advisory guidance.
Mr Makgalemele said his ministry has started consultative meetings with the BOFOD for purposes of capacitating the federation to meet the requirements to register with the Botswana Council for Disabled.
Kanye South MP, Mr Abram Kesupile had asked the minister if he was aware of the existence of the Botswana Federation of the Disabled and that it did not benefit from the distribution of the grant given to Botswana Council for the Disabled.
Mr Kesupile also asked why it was not on the list of those that benefit from the grant given to Botswana Council for the Disabled for distribution.
He further asked the minister to state the level of support available to the federation.
In addition, he also wanted the minister to state measures he would take to assist the BOFOD with its growth, improve level of funding and activities to have contact with similar federations in the region in the interest of its empowerment.
Source : BOPA