24 August, 2011

The day after Women's Day, I had the unfortunate experience of spending the whole day at the Wynberg Magistrates Court to assist a friend in obtaining a protection order. Due to various reasons, we could only get there at 10h00 but I strode up confidently to the domestic violence clerk’s office to announce our arrival. I was told that it was too late, we should have been there at 7h45, and we need to return tomorrow.

16 August, 2011

Interview with Mohamed Somane Abdi, MSF Assistant Project Coordinator, Marere, southern Somalia.

The drought has affected us badly. Marere used to be a farming area but there has been no harvest now for more than two years. You can see the effects of the drought right here in our hospital, where numbers of patients in our inpatient feeding centre have doubled.

Last night, 80 under-fives with severe malnutrition stayed in the hospital, while we were treating a further 443 children as outpatients.

"Hunger and destitution..."

16 August, 2011

This week, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has sent medical teams and four charter planes carrying 55 tons of medical equipment, medicines and therapeutic food to Mogadishu in response to the crisis in Somalia. In the past weeks, an estimated 100 000 people have fled from south and central Somalia to the capital to seek assistance. They are settling in numerous camps in and around Mogadishu, with little or no access to health care.

2 August, 2011
The Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership (SPI) at Rhodes University, on behalf of the Department of Communications (DoC), is conducting a research project ‘Investigating a Sustainable Model for Implementing Community Television in South Africa’.
28 July, 2011

The participants of the civil society consultation on strengthening the UN treaty body system hosted by the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, 20 and 21 June 2011 called on all civil society organisations to endorse the Pretoria Statement on the strengthening and reform of the UN human rights treaty body system.

12 July, 2011
No one in South Africa needs to be told how much we love our mobile phones. You only need to walk down the street to see everyone, from all walks of life, talking, texting, tweeting, facebooking and listening to music on their mobile phones. Apparently there is more active SIMs in South Africa than there are people!
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.”