NGOs advised to use online donation platform

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NON-GOVERNMENTAL organisations (NGOs) in the Sultanate often experience a multitude of issues, with most of them being the lack of a donation platform and the difficulty in attracting and tracking the number of members as well as volunteers of the NGOs.

These were among the issues that were tackled in a competition yesterday called the Challenge where more than 80 students from nine pre-universities and colleges, proposed and helped addressed these issues using technological ideas and solutions.

In his opening speech, the guest of honour at the event, the Dean of Students at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Saidai Hj Hitam said that the event was aimed at encouraging students to understand the efforts and problems faced by NGOs.

“Today’s programme is a momentous occasion where the youth and NGOs can come together as one and give back to our community here in Brunei Darussalam,” he said

Saidai added that the event also relieved the government from the burden of being the sole provider of ideas and resources towards assisting the community.

The Challenge was organised by third year students of UBD School of Business and Economics (UBD SBE) who are doing their community outreach programme at the e-Government Innovation Centre (eG.Inc). In an interview with The Brunei Times, Chong Kar Wei, one of the organisers of the event, said that most NGOs in Brunei have not used the technological advancements of today besides social media.

“People nowadays go on their phones for things like banking (so) imagine if an NGO has an online donation platform, people all over the country will be able to donate to their preferred NGOs without hassle,” she said.

She added the web applications that were designed by the participants are only prototypes. However, NGOs are allowed to liaise further with participants after the event, if they believe they can make use of the solutions that were provided.

The event was conducted at UBD’s Chancellor Hall with the support of internship students from Universiti Teknologi Brunei, Brunei Geek Meet and Syarikat Amanah Hj Abdullah.

NGOs which participated at the event included Sukarelawan Tutong, Persatuan Kanak-Kanak Cacat, Persatuan Orang Kurang Pendengaran, Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council and Care and Action for Strays.

Also present at the event were the Dean of UBD SBE, Dr Hj Md Nabil Almunawar, Acting Director of eG.InC, Dr Hjh Syamimi Hj Ariff Lim and the Discovery Year coordinator, Hj Suhaimi Hj Ali.

The Brunei Times