MANILA, Sept. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- Five non-governmental organizations (NGO) from
Asian Pacific countries and regions were honored Thursday here for their
outstanding achievements with the 2004 Asian Pacific NGO awards.
Resource Alliance, a London-based non-governmental and charitable
organization which runs the first regional award to recognize the NGO's role and
contribution, said that through a strong competition among 76 players, five from
Hong Kong and Taiwan of China, South Korea, Philippines, and Singapore,
Simon Collings, Chief Executive Officer of the Resource Alliance, said that
the unprecedented award was established to recognize and celebrate the
achievement of the best non-profits working in the region.
"Our first motivation is to celebrate success and reward those who have
demonstrated competence," Collings said.
Furthermore, as he said, the award can also help the NGOs to strengthen the
capacity in management, planning, program delivery and financial sustainability.
"The potential role of civil society in helping to resolve the many social
and environmental problems we face in the world is becoming increasingly
recognized. We have a lot of work to do, though, to enhance the capacity of the
non-profit sector if it is to live up to this role," he added.
Agreed by six-member judge panel, all winners have been successfully
demonstrated good management, transparency, accountability, and a strategic
approach to resource mobilization.
Hong Kong Society for the aged (SAGE), one the winners, for instance, has
empowered senior citizens to become active participants in Hong Kong society and
improve elderly service in the region, the panel said.
Tik Chi-yuen, Executive Director of the SAGE, told Xinhua that since
established 25 year ago, the organization has launched many programs and
services to promote the welfare of the elderly, including a SAGE College in
April 2003 to offer a variety of classes to adults over 50 years old.
Apart from the college, the SAGE has also raised over 29 million US dollars as
of 2003, through a variety of fund-raising activities, among which were the sale
of SAGE noodles and the SAGE Charity Walk, Mr. Tik said.
"As a NGO which is financially 60 percent dependent on the government, we
have to tap more income resources in light of the looming economy in Hong Kong,"
However, he noted that the good governance and fiscal reform refresh the
SAGE and make it more competitive in the 2004 Asia Pacific NGO Award.
Other winners included the Garden of Hope Foundation, a NGO from Taiwan providing
shelter for women at risk; Corporation Leftovers Love Sharing Community
from South Korea promoting sharing of resources and connections among children,
women and family; the Philippine Business for Social Progress; and Singapore
Citygroup, as another sponsor of the awards which has given outmore than 5
million US dollars this year to the non-profit sector in the Asian Pacific,
believes that the competition will help promote best practices and provide
training to NGOs.
The Resource Alliance, a non-governmental organization
established in 1981, has been running a similar awards program in East Africa
for two years and still hopes to replicate the awards in other parts of the