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ANC Election Manifesto Launch

It’s so nice

It’s so nice
says a talking head
of the political sort
on my morning radio
out in East London

It’s so nice
(to see all these people)
might be something
satirists and cartoonist-types
pounce upon with relish

It’s so nice
having voting cattle
at one’s fingertips
loyal and trusting
living in hope eternal

It’s so nice
pleasant, lovely
fine, good

Its the week-ennnnnd bay-beeeeee!

No its not – its only Friday morning but the radio shouts this to me a number of times before work even starts for me this Friday morning (and most others).  It gets me thinking about the apparent madness that greets the weekend for some, and yes, I understand that it’s about play and a break from the routine, a welcome break too. 

Right to Know, Information, CSI...

September 28 is World Right To Know Day. First celebrated in 2002 to mark the establishment of the global Freedom of Information Advocates Network, the aim of the day, according to freedominfo.org  is to “raise awareness of every individual's right of access to government-held information: the right to know how elected officials are exercising power and how taxpayers' money is being spent.”

Illiteracy, HIV/AIDS, 2008 NGO Web Awards

A common critique of organisations working in the development sector is that of excess spending, with little result or impact. Whether this is a fair criticism or not, the vast majority of NGOs, CSOs and development agencies are cognisant of the need to demonstrate that they spend wisely on projects and interventions that are making a difference. This is only possible, however, if development work is underpinned by transparent monitoring, evaluation and response mechanisms that support our work. Unfortunately, we do not always get it right.

Girls and Technology, Teenage Suicide, MobileActive08...

In four days SANGONeT and MobileActive will host MobileActive08, the largest international civil society event to date, focusing on the use and application of mobile technology in support of social action. The over 300 participants at the event will assess the current state of knowledge in the use and effectiveness of mobile technology to advance social action, and investigate trends, needs and investment opportunities.

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