Jamaica's sports minister mandates greater accountability from associations

By April 24, 2019

 

Jamaica’s sporting bodies will have to show greater accountability if they are to gain access to the funding they need. This as the country’s sports minister Olivia Grange announced the new criteria during a meeting with the island’s sports federations on Wednesday.

"Public funding of sports is an investment for which good returns are expected,” Minister Grange explained.

“Therefore, we must review and update our processes to ensure that public money that is invested with sports-governing bodies is well managed.  At the end of the day, we must all be able to say we received value for money from our expenditure on sport.”

Under the new conditions, the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) will no longer consider requests for funding from sports federations or associations without a full accounting for money requested.  Federations/associations are also now required to submit outstanding financial reports to be eligible for further financial support.

The minister made clear that the new requirement will also apply in the case of requests to use national sports facilities.  The new approach also has implications not only for sports governing bodies but for other entities that organise and promote competitions and which seek sponsorship from the SDF and from the ministry. 

“I believe this new requirement will help us to bring about greater accountability — which is something that we all desire,” said Minister Grange.

“Greater accountability will also make local federations more attractive to private sector sponsors.  There is no downside to having greater accountability.”

Minister Grange pointed out that some national federations/associations do not routinely submit financial reports, and urged them to move swiftly to become compliant with the reporting requirements.

“If you receive over five million (JMD) dollars from the Sports Development Foundation as subvention, you must provide audited financial statements annually. If you receive below five million dollars, you need to submit a financial statement.

“The organisations that receive monthly subventions must submit quarterly reports. “And, so I’m putting everybody on notice.  If [your quarterly reports are] not submitted, your monthly subvention will be held.

“In other words, I’m saying to you, we have to get our house in order, we have to respond to you when you call on us, so you need to get your house in order so that we, as a team, can proudly say to the people of Jamaica ‘your money is being wisely spent’”.

 

 

 

Leighton Levy

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