This Sangonet cocktail party held last night in Cape Town appropriately coincided with the Net Tuesday meet up, a regular meeting held in the mother city to chat about social media, technology and social entrepreneurs.
It was at this event that the 2009 Sangonet NGO Web awards were announced. Run by Sangonet for the fourth year running, the awards were instituted to highlight successes and best practices by NGOs when using ICT in their work. As David Barnard said in his introduction, this competition is not about web design, its about how a website is used and integrated into the practices of a non-profit organization.
Janine Moolman, the convener of the awards said that judging the 60 entrants this year was particularly difficult due to the high quality of entries, which meant that 12, instead of 10 finalists were shortlisted. She said the entrants ranged from those who had budgets, and to those who didn’t – the key thing was that the finalists were able to think more innovatively about integrating tools, especially free social media tools.
And so – the winners (drum roll!)
• SA History Online: For its easy-to-use interface and resource-rich content and blog entries
• Media and Training Centre for Health: This site was commended on its excellent use of its Facebook group to communicate timely information.
• Food and Trees for Africa: For a fantastic donate button on every single page of the website!
• Cellife was awarded ‘Best use of Mobile Technology’ for the development and deployment of mobile technology for social change.