The voluntary sector incorporates a wide spread of non-governmental organisations which work and offer services in various sectors, both to the community in Malta and also outside the country.
With the aim of making this sector more effective, the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector and the Parliamentary Sector for Voluntary Organisations have launched a national strategy for the five years up to 2024.
Parliamentary Secretary Clifton Grima stated that the strategy has drawn up a definite plan for the sector. “A clear plan with its most important aspect being stability, which will help the organisations to grow within the country, with recognition for volunteers, who although working without expecting anything in return, will be recognised, and there will also be transparency above all in the way these voluntary oganisations operate in the country.”
Dr Grima added that the strategy complements the new law on Voluntary Organisations, through which the Commissioner for Voluntary Work has been given more tools to be able to verify all the operations of these bodies.
The chairman of the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector, Noel Camilleri, said the strategy will strengthen the voluntary sector both from the aspect of governance as well as regarding transparency of operation. “The voluntary sector is based on funds and donations from the general public as well as national funds, and there is therefore always a need for an increase in transparency to eliminate any doubts about the running of this sector. The second is that we aim for youths and schoolchildren, who appreciate even more the importance of involvement in this sector.”
Dr Camilleri stated that this strategy will lead to funds givn by Government to voluntary organisations being centralised under the Council, to ensure among other issues that voluntary organisations are granted equal oportunities.