NGOs do not disclose information about finances
The Russian representative office of the international centre for anti-corruption research and initiatives “transparency international — Russia” (TI-R) has prepared a report on information transparency of Russian non-profit organizations. Specialists TI-R has analyzed about 200 NGOs that received the largest presidential grants, and evaluated and compared the information content and availability of those sites of organizations which got support on the projects with the largest budget.
The experts at TI-R have concluded that only 3% of organizations reveals information about the amount of support on its website and no structure shall publish the register of interests of governing parties. NGOs are Reluctant to disclose information related to reporting and overall financial transparency. Only 7% of NGOs provide information about the funds that will be spent on certain areas of work (broken down), only 9% of NGOs have published a financial report for the year 2014, only 10% of organizations have financial statements for previous periods, of 11% is available on the website of the ethical documents and only 15% are in the public domain the report of activities for 2014.
More than half of the NGOs do not have a website
Experts T-P notes that of the 193 organizations, the amount of grants exceeded in the last five years 10 million (provided that in the year they received over 3 million rubles) only 91 organizations (47%) had their own website.
Connection between the amount of grants and information openness of the organization the authors of the study found no. This leads to the conclusion that in the allocation of public funds through the presidential grants printoperator do not take into account the ability of NGOs to share information on their activities publicly, the report said.
Particularly the authors of the report on the pattern that has been identified for a small group of organizations, once or several times won the grant sum of above average: the degree of information transparency was initially either poor or decreased with every new grant.
Among these NGOs, in particular, the national medical chamber (won in competitions 4 times, the total amount of all grants 200 39 000 rubles), an international public organisation of bikers “Night Wolves” (won in contests 2 times, the total amount of all grants 21 000 000 rubles) and non-commercial partnership “Night Hockey League” (won in contests 2 times, the total amount of all grants 28 500 000 rubles). “Night wolves” began to win in the presidential grants after their leader Alexandru biker Zaldostanov (the Surgeon) was supported by President Vladimir Putin, and the Surgeon to actively support the policy of Russian authorities, their actions in Crimea and Ukraine. “Night hockey League” was created in 2011 on the initiative of Putin.
The most open and most closed
The maximum level of information transparency of the website (74%) were from the organization “Russian Red cross”, which received grants in the amount of 24 million rubles, the second place on the transparency portal of Fund of enlightenment “Meta” (66%), which won 15.8 million rubles, the third place Foundation “mother’s Right” (63%), he got 14.7 million rubles.
One of the leaders in the level of transparency became a veteran organization Senator and leader of the movement “Intimidad” Dmitry Sablin “Combat brotherhood” (60%), which received 27 million rubles, and established the Federation of independent trade unions of Russia Academy of labor and social relations (56%), which received 19.1 million rubles.
In the three outsiders unknown to the public NPOs. All-Russian public movement “Catholic heritage”, which received grants in the amount of 13.4 million rubles, ranks last on transparency site (2%). Next is situated a non-profit partnership for support of youth initiatives “Creation” which has received 17 million roubles, and non-profit partnership “Center for research and development in the field of drug policies”, which was allocated almost 12.5 million rubles (both 4%).
Among the most famous NCOs in the bottom of the transparency rating is occupied by “Officers of Russia” (19%) who received 14 million roubles of grants, the same “Night hockey League” (22%) and the same “Night wolves” (36%). However, the same level of transparency recorded at the famous human rights organization “Moscow Helsinki group”, headed by Lyudmila Alekseyeva; MHG received over 19 million roubles from the state.
Study of T-P showed that Russian NGOs, which should ideally show an example of informational and financial transparency, extremely closed structure, which does not consider it necessary to report on what they are spending public money, says the report’s author, specialist TI-R Anastasia Oriole. “The most significant — the lack of sites in over half of organizations, which in 5 years won more than 10 million rubles grants. It is amazing that the organizations that receive assistance from the budget, we know only the name,” said the Oriole .
Those whose transparency was low either immediately or fell with each grant received by the TI-R will be tested separately. According to the Orioles, is necessary to examine the reports of these NGOs to the Ministry of justice, as the process of implementation of the selected projects of these organizations may raise questions.
The role of NGOs and socially-oriented organizations in the near future will only grow — must grow and the level of their openness to society, I’m sure the Chairman of the Duma Committee on Affairs of public associations and religious organizations Yaroslav Nilov (LDPR). He reminded that Vladimir Putin decided to provide special support for sociallink-oriented NGOs which can receive tax benefits.
“I do not exclude that in the future at the legislative level will be secured obligations of NPOs to have a minimum in order to receive state support: the same site” — has assumed in conversation with the Chairman of the profile Committee of the state Duma.
Watch no one
Case management is not empowered to control over the disbursement of grants and the determination of the social impact of projects, wrote in January in the Department in response to the request of the Deputy Valery Raskina about the appropriateness of allocating money to NGOs (the answer is at the disposal). Earlier the General Prosecutor’s office wrote to the Deputy that she has control over the grants, and redirected the request to the Manager.
Ensure the targeted spending of funds entrusted to printoperation, said the Manager. The criteria for determining the social significance and effectiveness evaluation is not defined. The effectiveness of the use of subsidies is determined according to the analytical report that provide printoperation.