NGOs win tenders for poverty-relief scheme

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 January, 2007, 12:00am


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Five non-government organisations have won tenders to participate in a one-year-old pilot scheme that allows NGO-government collaboration in state-funded poverty-alleviation projects in Jiangxi province , Xinhua reported yesterday.

It is the second time that NGOs have been invited to take part in the scheme through tender. The government-financed 11 million yuan project will help 22 poor villages in Jiangxi.

Six organisations, including the Ningxia Centre for Environment and Poverty Alleviation and the Mountain River Lake Regional Sustainable Development Promotion Association, which both also won second-round bids, have already been doing poverty alleviation work in six villages in Jiangxi after being selected last February.

The Asian Development Bank will provide US$1 million for designing and extending the scheme, according to the report.

Jia Xijin , the head of Tsinghua University's NGO Research Centre, said getting NGOs involved in government projects would boost poverty-alleviation work on the mainland.

'It's the first time that the government has tried to buy NGOs' service through tender. The co-operation paves the way for a new model for poverty-alleviation work,' Professor Jia said.