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United Nations Climate Change Conference / COP15 - Follow Conference Online

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) will be held from 7-18 December 2009 at the Bella Centre in Copenhagen. 

COP15 - the official title of the conference - refers to the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

More than 15 000 delegates from 192 countries, including 100 world leaders, will convene in Copenhagen for the most important UN conference on climate change to agree a new global climate deal aimed at protecting the future of our planet.

Betavine Social Exchange - Request for Feedback

Vodafone has recently launched a new version of Betavine, the open mobile application community. This new version encompasses a pilot project called "Social Exchange", which aims to foster the creation of mobile solutions for problems in the developing world.

The project’s aim is to create a website that brings developers, NGOs and community organisations together in order to develop mobile solutions to some of the difficulties faced by people in the developing world.

SANGONeT Development Calendar 2010

SANGONeT is currently compiling its 2010 Development Calendar, which will once again be produced in the form of a year planner.

The Calendar, to be released in December 2009, 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.

Social Media and the South African NGO Sector - Online Survey

SANGONeT and World Wide Worx are currently implementing the 2009 "State of ICTs in the South African NGO Sector" research project. The purpose of the study is to establish how effectively South African NGOs are using information communication technology (ICT), and whether it is making a difference in NGOs' ability to serve their constituencies.

The research findings will be released during the 2009 SANGONeT “ICTs for Civil Society” Conference to be held from 15-16 October 2009 in Johannesburg and 20-21 October 2009 in Cape Town.

Support the Call for a Comprehensive National Broadband Strategy for South Africa

Access to cheaper and affordable broadband will present NGOs and all other sectors of South African society with significant opportunities to improve the impact and competitiveness of their activities.

The South African National Broadband Forum is an initiative of four organisations (Association for Progressive Communications, SANGONeT, the Shuttleworth Foundation and South Africa Connect) which share the goal of cheaper and affordable Internet access for South Africa.

South African NGOs and the Financial Crisis - What is your experience?

Over the past few months local and international news has been dominated by information and analysis on the scope and implications of the global financial crisis. As with all sectors of society, the local NGO sector has not escaped the fall-out of the crisis. Their sources of funding are under increasing pressure as individual donors have less deposable income, corporate bottom lines have shrunk and international grant flows have slowed.

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