11 July, 2011

Target audience-centred approach…

It’s a ghastly phrase that I recently came across in a thick business book, that promised ten quick steps to success and riches.

Naturally I had my usual approach to such things: that business thinking just doesn’t take into account the complexity of working in development, and therefore is difficult to apply.

But when I started digging underneath the words, its meaning suddenly became quite clear - put your customer at the heart of what you do.

11 July, 2011

According to the Constitution of South Africa (Section 152), one of the objects of local government is to promote social development.

2 July, 2011

Technology is an improved route to an unimproved target. Technology is associated with innovation. It involves the transformation of ideas into something useful. Innovation is just not limited to creative people and organisations, but also involves the availability of technological and scientific talent. Technology and innovation are synergistic. Technology has definitely changed our lives and for the better.

1 July, 2011

Some 3 000 sub-Saharan Africans are stranded in camps at the Tunisian border with Libya. Most had fled violence or repression in their own countries in search of work in Libya. Due to the war, they had to flee. But due to the situations in their native countries, they cannot be repatriated, and are therefore stuck where they are, their futures uncertain.

1 July, 2011
Having been invited to speak at the recent 2nd Annual Thinking Mobile™ Conference, listening to Mark Slade, Managing Director of 4th Screen Mobile advertising in the UK, I hear a story that seems only too familiar. His frustration with the speed in which some of the planets biggest agencies adopt new media and technology. I was just pleased to hear that it wasn’t just South Africa that has this inherent problem.
30 June, 2011
My Gobi March Story - “No Pain, No Gain” - Running Through the Gobi Desert with a Mission

4 July 2012

23 June, 2011
Sitting at the Lottery Indaba was an insight - but probably not in the way that Lotto intended. Instead of showing up the flaws in the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) systems, it highlighted that the root problem is amongst ourselves: amongst NGOs who are hankering after a past funding model, instead of looking forward.
15 June, 2011
Next week the NLDTF will host a national consultation in Midrand with civil society to examine the functioning of the entity in relation to it's mandate. It will hopefully provide an opportunity for real engagement as opposed to a platform for the NLDTF to tell us what it is doing...
14 June, 2011

Charles Sako, Catherine Atieno and Siama Musine live and work in Kibera, a deprived area of Kenya’s capital Nairobi. They are also all HIV positive and receive treatment through Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders' clinic in Kibera.

Six years ago, they were given disposable cameras for a week to document their lives on HIV treatment. From those photos, MSF created a project called ‘My Life with HIV’.

7 June, 2011
The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) is a nation-wide coalition of people and organisations opposed to the Protection of Information Bill - also known as the Secrecy Bill - currently before the South African parliament. The Bill will threaten hard-won constitutional rights including access to information and freedom of expression.

R2K believes a responsive and accountable democracy able to meet the basic needs of our people is built on transparency and the free flow of information.
3 June, 2011
Why loveLife is working with a network of grandmothers to develop a generation of young people resistant to the drivers of HIV.

The South African Institute for Race Relations (SAIRR) illustrated with frightening statistics earlier this year that “a stable family life with both parents is the privilege of a minority of children” in South Africa.

SAIRR project manager, Lucy Holborn, revealed that “there are nearly four million orphans in the country, 859 000 of whom are double orphans who have lost both their parents.”
1 June, 2011
Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an international humanitarian medical aid organisation, created in 1971. MSF provides assistance to populations in distress, including victims of (natural) disasters, wars, conflicts, epidemics, amongst others. Its members include medical, paramedical, technical and logistical, financial, administrative employees who carry out humanitarian assistance activities in the field.
27 May, 2011
Governments must commit to massively scale up treatment at UN Summit on AIDS
Governments will meet at the United Nations (UN) in New York for an HIV/AIDS Summit from 8 to 10 June, to discuss the global response to the epidemic over the next five to ten years.
27 May, 2011

In northern Mozambique, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is empowering HIV-patients to take an active part in managing their disease.

27 May, 2011
Corporate social investment (CSI) is embedded in the DNA of Slipstream through the work that we have done in NGOs, skills centres and orphanages over the years. Recently one of our stockists has picked up the baton from us and extended the effects of what we do even further.
24 May, 2011
Africa is the world's second largest and second most-populous continent; it is rich in diversity, abundant in ethnicity and bursting with languages. Africa Day (25 May), which marks the founding in 1963 of the Organisation of African Unity, now known as the African Union, provides an annual opportunity to reflect on the challenges and achievements of the Governments and peoples of Africa.
27 April, 2011
Over three quarters of the world's poor live in rural areas. They often lack economic opportunities, have difficulty accessing basic services, have limited voice in governance and remain extremely vulnerable to shocks.
23 March, 2011
Ralph Freese, a South African who recently resigned from the boards of two nonprofit organisations that depend on lottery funding, has written an open letter to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, asking him to ‘Fix the National Lottery Fund’. In the letter, Freese criticises the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) and the National Lotteries Board (NLB) for failing to live up to their mandate.