Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) hosted its first donor and sponsor acknowledgement function on 18 February 2015 at its Head Office at Lynnwood, Pretoria.
“The real cause of hunger is the powerlessness of the poor to gain access to the resources they need to feed themselves.” - Frances Moore Lappé Mary Choombwa is a 65 year old widow and subsistence farmer who lives in Mwonze, about 200kms from Lusaka, Zambia. Over the years, Mary lost all the 12 herds of cattle which she owned to tick-borne diseases. Mary recalls; “When the cattle died it was painful. They were my wealth. We used them for ploughing and drawing our carts. Now overnight, I was left with nothing.”
The FPD award for excellence in community engagement is awarded annually to the employee who has made the most significant contribution towards FPD’s community engagement. The 2014 prize was awarded to Sharon Ngomane, Mgozi shares her story.
“I find work values inspiring and they give me a sense of purpose. They help me to re-direct myself when I go out of line and I can also use them in managing my staff to draw them back when they are not delivering quality,” said Prof. David Cameron in excitement.
Amidst the media frenzy – both social and mainstream – around the ruckus during the State Of The Nation Address, one positive aspect to emerge was the abundance of youth voices commenting on both the commotion and ensuing address by President Jacob Zuma. In contrast, the youth were glaringly absent from the speech with a mere eight mentions in total, three of them buried in general fluffy PR statements and the latter referring to the ‘Employment Tax Incentive paying off’ and listing the amount of funds disbursed to micro enterprises by the NYDA last year.
Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, will deliver the 2015/16 National Budget to Parliament on 25 February 2015 at 14h00 in Cape Town. As in the past few years, SANGONeT invites non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to comment on the Budget in line with their areas of expertise and expectations. Issues covered by the NGO comments should range from general observations about the budget to key national development priorities such as job creation, education, social services, youth development and health.
Strategic planning in the nonprofit field seems to be a habitual process that is repeated at regular intervals. Maybe I am misunderstanding the concept of strat planning, but in all my years in the non-governmental organisation (NGO) field I could never understand how we could every year put time aside for doing our “Strat Plan”. It seems that many organisations see their annual strategic planning process as a short term magical tool that will prevent the previous year’s wrong of repeating in the next year (an annual rain dance one writer called it).
The digital economy has taken over our world. Upstarts like Uber, Airbnb, Kickstarter and Square are proving that we live in a world where technology pioneers and the monetisation of disruptive technologies win consumers over with innovative thinking.
President Jacob Zuma has delivered the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 12 February 2015 in Parliament.