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16 November, 2010
The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) is currently compiling its 2011 Development Calendar, which will once again be produced in the form of a year planner.

The Calendar, to be released in January 2011, will cover a comprehensive list of international, African and South African dates (e.g. World AIDS Day, 1 December) of significance to people and organisations involved in development and civil society issues.

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10 November, 2010
After a Week of Action to protest the Protection of Information Bill (the secrecy Bill) the Right2Know Campaign  has emerged as a vibrant campaign with significant influence in the public discourse. This rapid growth has raised a number of questions and the R2K has called for a National Dialogue amongst campaign supports to deliberate on matters of the Campaign's scope, strategy, and structure .

8 November, 2010
The past ten days I had the opportunity to attend a seminar in France, as we were invited to share the learning and position of Uthango Social Investments in South Africa with academics and practioners in the emerging field of Social Entrepreneurship. Hosted by the Paris Chamber of Commerce's ADVANCIA and INSEAD Business School and facilitated by Beautiful Soul, this was an extraordinary event.

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2 November, 2010
Tanzanians headed to the polls in the country’s general elections which was held last Sunday. Despite being declared ‘free and fair, transparent’ by the six presidential candidates including - Jakaya Kikwete (Chama Cha Mapinduzi), Prof. Ibrahim Lipumba (Civic United Front) and Dr Wilbrod Slaa of Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) – few challenges characterised these elections.
1 November, 2010
It all started in December 2009 after watching the highlights of the 2009 Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM) on SuperSport…it ended shortly after 11h00 on 23 October 2010 as I ran over the finishing line of the 2010 KAEM with blistered feet after covering almost 250km in seven days through the Kalahari Desert.
 

19 October, 2010
Five Questions about gender mainstreaming in NGOs

If you are working with an NGO in southern Africa, I'd like to invite you to participate in this brief five-question survey on gender-related activities in your organisation. The purpose of the research is to hear from those working directly with communities about their thoughts on the push to mainstream gender in organisations.

The survey should take only 5-10 minutes to complete.

Follow this link: http://goo.gl/WeMz

5 October, 2010
Research-based NGOs in Southern Africa are facing a deepening funding crisis. You can read all about the reasons why in an article by Dr. Thabo Rapoo, executive director of the Centre for Policy Studies, entitled ‘Funding Crisis for Research NGOs Looming Larger Than Ever’.  The situation, according to Rapoo, looks pretty glum. 

29 September, 2010

This story is about a day in the life of a CARE beneficiary as told to and written by Connie Mussumir former Microenterprises/Microfinance Officer for one of CARE Mozambique's programs.

20 August, 2010
Tech4Africa is a web and emerging technology conference, committed to bringing global perspective to the African context. This platform would like to play a role in igniting the talent and skill of a generation of Africans in reach of mobile phone and global market. Founder of Tech4Africa, Gareth Knight, maintains that, “Africans can help themselves and they are just as smart and motivated as anyone else.”

4 August, 2010
Government is under criticism from civil society organisations (CSOs), the media and opposition parties over the Protection of Information Bill.

The Bill, meant to replace an apartheid-era law dating from 1982, includes some problematic (potentially unconstitutional) elements that limit the media’s right to information and could see investigative journalists face up to 25 years in jail for publishing information of ‘public interest’.

27 July, 2010
CAF Southern Africa is committed to strengthening the work of civil society in the region. It campaigns for increased giving and social investment for the sector. CAF promotes more developmental approaches to corporate social investment, encourages and administers employee community involvement programmes and works towards the establishment of a culture of indigenous philanthropy that benefits organisations of civil society.  

2 July, 2010
South Africa. At least 40 000 children in South Africa are exploited as child prostitutes each year.  The number of trafficked and exploited children is not known. Tourists, visiting businessmen and locals, sexually abuse and exploit these trafficked and enslaved children.

1 July, 2010
South Africa - At least 40,000 children in South Africa are exploited as child prostitutes each year. The number of trafficked and exploited children is not known. Tourists, visiting businessmen and locals, sexually abuse and exploit these trafficked and enslaved children. Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) has brought the Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code) to South Africa. The Code is an instrument of self-regulation and corporate social responsibility, which provides increased protection to children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism.

26 June, 2010
Speakers at the GCAP press conference held this morning lambasted the G8 for failing to keep its promises to ensure development progress on the African continent, with GCAP Co-Chair, Kumi Naidoo taking on the Canadian government for spending more on hosting for the G8/G20 ($1.4 billion) than it is providing for maternal health and child care ($1.1 billion).

22 June, 2010
Toronto, Canada
21 June 2010

With civil society participants from across the world, the Halifax Initiative Coalition kicked off the process of gathering ideas, voices, key policy initiatives with a view to mapping and dovetailing the way civil society moves forward to the G20 Summit in South Korea in November this year and in France in 2011.

9 June, 2010
“In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources,
and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today
between human rights, democracy, and peace."
(Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist, political activist, and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate)
 
On June 4, the eve of World Environment Day, Vuleka saw the second of the “Courageous Conversations”
taking place at Koinonia Conference Centre in Botha’s Hill, with around 70 people gathering in blankets
9 June, 2010

In some statistical hocus pocus not as baffling as it looks, the US  unemployment rate  rose in April with job creation. It does, nevertheless, show how difficult it will be to get the unemployment rate back to normal following the recession. The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent in April from 9.7 percent in March, as outlined by the jobs report released by the Labor Department Friday.