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Nonprofit organisations (NPOs) and civil society organisation by nature inhabit a world of relationships. Whether between NPOs and beneficiaries, local NPOs and their partners, NPOs and donors, governments, the private sector, relationships are foundational to everything the sector does. However the term ‘partnership’ has been diminished by misuse and is applied to a range of relationships and at this stage is quite often a devalued term.
Afesis-corplan, as part of a team led by CS Consulting, participated in 2014 in the development of an upgrading of informal settlements policy and strategy for the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM). The following animation video was developed as a background motivation for the draft policy: www.afesis.org.za/2014-08-05-09-06-19.html.
In 2013, the world came to know of two young women: Jyoti Singh Pandey from India and Anene Booysen from South Africa. Both were gang-raped, brutally attacked and died fighting for their lives. If it wasn’t for their families, outraged citizens, and civil society activists, they would today be nothing more than statistics, two digits added to the alarming number of women raped and murdered worldwide.
17 May marks World Hypertension Day, highlighting a condition that is often neglected in mom’s-to-be, yet poses a serious threat to expectant mothers in South Africa.
The rain has started to fall in Nepal: monsoon season has begun. Within two weeks it will pour heavily for two full months. All the cracks in the slopes of the mountains will be filled with water and will create more landslides and mudslides to deal with.
This past month has been an insightful journey here at The RealStart Trust, starting with the first phase of our Entrepreneurship Programme. It’s great to get the theory down, but as all well know, the real learning starts when you get practical. Walking with the students as they critically engage with perceptions around their own skills and dreams, business and the opportunities in their communities, has not only brought some valuable insight to the table, but also raised interesting questions.
Youth in the black and coloured groups of South Africa have the highest rates of unemployment in the country – that’s according to the latest Stats SA report released in September 2014 titled ‘Employment, Unemployment, Skills and Economic Growth’. The same report indicates that the unemployment rate for those with tertiary qualifications increased from six percent in 1994 to 14 percent in 2014.
Risk is inherent to the life in general and in the nonprofit organisations (NPO) field in particular. In the NPO field risks cannot be avoided and are part of our everyday organisational life. This has always been the case - The future is always uncertain and the outcomes of events unpredictable.
A few years ago Laurie Owen was attacked in her Kyalami, Johannesburg home. Returning from dinner one early Friday evening, she walked down her driveway to find three men waiting for her at the bottom of the stairs.
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has requested the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, to use her “good offices and position to investigate allegations of hate speech by the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, which has resulted in killing, violence and discrimination against Nigerians and other African citizens living in South Africa, as well as the complicity or negligence of the country’s law enforcement agencies to prevent these crimes against civilian population.”

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