• African Youth Day Conference 2011

    Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth)

    The Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is the youth platform for information exchange, forum for debate on African issues and a network of future political, corporate, academic, literary, religious and traditional leaders in all African contexts.

    The African Youth Day was declared and adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2006 to be commemorated on 1 November each year. It has since evolved as the most powerful platform of young people of Africa.

    OAYouth, in collaboration with Phelps Stokes and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is hosting the ‘African Youth Day Conference 2011 (AYDAC'11)’ on 1 November 2011 in Johannesburg.

    The youth of Africa will convene at AYDAC’11 to celebrate the African Youth Day. The conference will pave way for youth to examine workable methods to improve youth unity as well as strengthen youth economic empowerment through leadership development, entrepreneurship support and agricultural transformation.

    Conference Objectives:

    • Echo the voice of ordinary young people of Africa;
    • Share information and best practices in promoting opportunities for youth encouraging youth to start new entrepreneurship initiatives;
    • Establish suitable structures for meeting the unique needs for youth business start-ups in developing economies in Africa;
    • Build lasting relationships between youth and business institutions;
    • Infuse a gender perspective and rights-based approach to policies and programs for youth;
    • Cultivate in the youth the spirit of accountability, transparency and integrity (ATI).
    Only young people of between 15 and 35 who are of nationality of any African State will qualify to apply.

    Cost: R2 430 per delegate.

    For sponsorships, exhibitions and applications, write to:

    Enquiries: Tel: +27 73 445 4355.

    For more about The Organisation of African Youth, refer to

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    Ingwenya Country Escape, Lanseria, Johannesburg
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  • African leaders dissolve Nepad as Addis meeting closes

    African leaders today wrapped up their annual summit less divided and looking at brighter economic prospects but still facing a raft of conflicts, including Sudan’s predicted break-up.

    One of the resolutions adopted was one that dissolved was the New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD) and agreed to replace it by a new agency.

    Nepad disbandment comes after a very sharp criticism against the body which couldn’t deliver a single project during the last one decade.

    Nepad was established in July 2001 as a programme of the defunct Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and the mandate was given leaders of Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa to steer it.

    Daily Nation, Kenya
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  • Ethiopian NGO Face Awful Choice

    Under a controversial new law, Ethiopia's beleaguered civil-society groups are facing an awful choice: Surrender almost all of their funding, or surrender their work on human rights and democracy.

    Across the country, civil-society groups are closing offices, laying off staff and cutting back their activities because of a new law that imposes tough new limits on any group that gets more than 10 per cent of its funding from foreign sources.

    Such groups are barred from working on human rights, democracy, justice, ethnicity, gender, conflict resolution, or even children's rights.

    Meanwhile, the Human Rights Watch has described the new law as one of the most restrictive in the world, comparable to those of Russia and Zimbabwe.

    To read the article titled, “New law cripples NGOs,” click here.

    <br /> The Globe and Mail
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  • CIVICUS Condemns Suspension of NGOs in Ethiopia

    Press Release
    24 July 2009

    CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation condemns a move designed to further restrict civil society activities by the Ethiopian Government -- which has suspended the operations of 42 NGOs for “acting out of their mandate”.

    Authorities in the Southern region of Ethiopia have accused NGOs reporting on human rights abuses as seeking to interrupt peace and development of the region.
    “The latest action by the government is another sign of Ethiopia’s rapid slide toward increasing levels of authoritarianism,” said Ingrid Srinath, Secretary General of CIVICUS. “It seems that no stones are being left unturned to curb democratic dissent and marginalise voices seeking accountability of public institutions.”

    Earlier this month, a new anti-terrorism law was passed with provisions ambiguous enough to label peaceful blockade of public services or incidental damage to property during public demonstrations as terrorist acts. The broad ambit of the law curbs media freedom and gives security forces extensive powers to carry out surveillance and intercept communications, restricting civil liberties. 

    The suspension of the 42 NGOs is the latest in a series of moves to restrict civic space in the country. In January 2009, the government introduced a law to limit the activities of civil society organisations (CSOs) to a mere service delivery role by preventing them from promoting human and democratic rights, gender equality, conflict resolution and accountability of law enforcement agencies if they received more than 10 per cent of their funds from international sources.  The law also curbs the independence of CSOs through provisions that permit the authorities to institute inquiries against them on unspecified grounds and require them to give advance notification of meetings.

    CIVICUS fears repression and further restriction of democratic rights in Ethiopia in the run up to 2010 national elections. The disputed 2005 national elections in which the present government held on to power were followed by large scale arrests of opposition activists, journalists and civil society defenders. 

    CIVICUS calls upon the Government of Ethiopia to revoke the suspension of NGOs and review restrictive aspects of the Charities and Societies Proclamation and the Anti-terrorism Proclamation to bring them in line with international standards and best practices.

    CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is a global movement of civil society with members and partners in over a hundred countries. The Civil Society Watch (CSW) programme of CIVICUS tracks threats to civil society freedoms of expression, association and assembly across the world. In 2008, CSW tracked threats in 61 countries across the globe.

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  • Ethiopia Suspends NGOs

    Ethiopian authorities have suspended the operations of 42 NGOs allegedly involved in activities that are out of their mandate in the Southern region of the country.

    Ethiopia's Southern regional state justice office chief, Yilma Meresa, points out that those NGOs were out to interrupt the peace and development of the region.

    Yilma refused to disclose the name of the suspended organisations. Among the suspended organisations are international humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and two local gender rights organisations are among the suspended NGOs.

    To read the article titled, “Govt suspends 42 NGOs as hunger worsens,” click here.
    <br /> All Africa
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  • 4th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights

    The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Africa Regional Office, in conjunction with the Africa Federation for Sexual Health and Rights, the regional representative body of the World Association for Sexual Health, is hosting the 4th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights from 8-12 February 2010 in Ethiopia.

    The 4th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights will be examining the interrelationship between Sexuality and HIV & AIDS in Africa. We are expecting that the Conference will provide an opportunity for discourse on sexuality in Africa and how this might lead to new insights in reducing the spread of HIV & AIDS.

    Theme: Sexuality and HIV & AIDS

    For more information or to participate, click here.
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    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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