Have you ever wondered where the money you donate to a nongovernmental organization goes? In Egypt, there are hundreds of existing NGOs that look into aiding groups and sectors in Egypt that do not have enough funding for a proper livelihood.
Madad is a new startup company that works as a mediator between donors and charities or NGOs. They deliver sustainable development plans and projects that are assembled by NGOs, and they neatly profile it on their website so that you can choose to donate to a specific cause or foundation of your interest. The sectors that Madad are borrowed from the United Nation’s 8 Millenium Development Goals; Madad focuses on poverty, education, health, environment, women, and children.
The sustainable development projects are available on their website – which is both in Arabic and English. It is a user-friendly website that gives you the option to see how much money the project needs in total, how many days are left until the deadline of the project, the percentage of the funding that is complete, and how many others contributed to the project.
The funding of each project is divided by phases; once a specific phase is reached, Madad begins to materialize the project and updates the donors right away.
The mission and objectives of Madad is to raise the level of transparency and accountability of the donations; you get to see how your money is being used from end to end. The exposure of the details reassures donors and enables them to trust where their money is going. Once the target of the project is reached, Madad does a follow-up in which you can see the results of the money being donated.
Rather than “not knowing what [is] being done with the money and/or seeing any impact of it,” you now have the option to view the results of your donations to see the “difference [made] in someone’s life,” the Madad group tells us.
Most NGOs in Egypt might have a few projects that they are working on, but when one comes to donate to the NGO, the donors do not “[have] the option of specifying which project that money is to support.”
“We want to ensure we are contributing to real solutions, and not just charity, which would mean that the same individual would need help again tomorrow,” they add.