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  • Global Cloud Technology Survey – Announcing the Results!

    In February and March 2012, TechSoup Global and its global network of partner organisations, including SANGONeT via the SANGOTeCH Technology Donation Programme, conducted a survey of NGOs around the world to better understand current cloud computing usage and future plans for cloud computing adoption.

    The survey garnered more than 10 500 respondents from 88 countries.

    The results are in.

    SANGOTeCH is pleased to add this information to our ever-evolving resources for NPOs, charities, foundations, and the stakeholders who support them.

    SANGOTeCH has published a paper with the key findings of the survey in the hope that the information will enable NPOs to make informed IT decisions.

    We encourage you to review the findings, learn about the current state of cloud computing in NPOs around the world, and find out how your organisation stacks up.

    By better understanding the technological tools that NPOs currently use, as well as their future plans and requirements, SANGOTeCH can work with its partner organisations to provide NPOs with the resources they need to operate at their full potential.

    To read the full report, refer to www.sangotech.org/global-cloud-computing-study.

    More about SANGOTeCH:

    The SANGOTeCH online technology donation portal is a joint initiative between SANGONeT and TechSoup Global. Launched in South Africa in December 2006, it assists NGOs by providing software and hardware for very low or discounted fees in conjunction with ICT donor partners (e.g. Microsoft, SAP, Symantec, etc.), as well as by supporting NGOs to maximise their ICT purchases and infrastructure. Since inception, this initiative has resulted in savings of more than R120 million for the NGO sector in South Africa.

    SANGONeT has already expanded SANGOTeCH to Botswana and Kenya, with the aim of covering the whole Southern African region by 2013.

  • International Conference of Cooperatives 2014

    The International Summit of Cooperatives
    The International Summit of Cooperatives is a biennial gathering where leaders of cooperative and mutualist enterprises get together to discuss their concerns about the current and future business challenges they all share. The summit is also an unequalled opportunity to forge valuable strategic alliances, stay abreast of major international development trends and gain a solid understanding of the global cooperative movement and the business opportunities it offers.

    The next International Summit of Cooperatives takes place from 6-9 October 2014 in Quebec, Canada.

    This time participants will come to say loud and clear that cooperatives are a solution to global issues and challenges thanks to their amazing ability to innovate.

    Delegates will:
    • Learn about solutions for addressing the development and performance challenges facing managers;
    • Be part of a formal network of decision-makers and managers from the largest cooperative and mutualist enterprises around the world in order to create a sphere of economic and political influence;
    • Discuss complex issues with leaders of the cooperative and mutualist communities of over a hundred countries;
    • Take part in networking and inter-cooperation activities to develop their businesses;
    • Meet world-renowned experts from the cooperative and mutualist movement and the business community; and
    • Strengthen and promote the cooperative movement.
    The summit is aimed at:
    • 2012 International Summit of Cooperatives participants;
    • Presidents, chief executive officers and members of the boards of directors of cooperatives and mutuals around the world;
    • Members of cooperative and mutual associations;
    • Government, diplomatic and regulatory authority representatives;
    • Representatives of supranational organisations - United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, International Labour Office, Transparency International, World Health Organisation, etc;
    • Academic researchers (university chairs, foundations, research institutes and others); and
    • National and international business and cooperative media.
    To register, refer to www.intlsummit.coop/cms/en_CA/sites/somint/home/register.html.

    For more about the Summit, refer to www.intlsummit.coop/cms/en_CA/sites/somint/home/info-sommet.html.
    Event start date: 
    06/10/2014
    Event end date: 
    09/10/2014
    Event venue: 
    Quebec Convention Centre, Canada.
    Event type: 
    Conference
  • Organisation of African Youth: Volunteer - Programme Development Manager

    Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, February 24, 2012
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    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.

    OAYouth seeks to appoint a Volunteer - Programme Development Manager, based in Johannesburg.

    Responsibilities:
    • Oversee the identification, creation and initiation of programs relevant to the organisation's work;
    • Coordinate the different programmes in terms of content, coherence, planning and implementation;
    • Manage the Project design, making sure that projects strictures are supported by research;
    • Pro-actively advise the Programmes Coordinator on programme/project content, direction and implementation;
    • Prepare funding proposals and draft project proposals;
    • Identify potential sources of funding;
    • Advices programme team on programme development and programme management;
    • Act as the content and technical adviser to the Executive Director;
    • Assist the organisation in developing relationships with external stakeholders and donors;
    • Develop tools and formats for planning, monitoring and evaluation;
    • Coordinate planning, monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) cycle and tools development;
    • Coordinate base line studies;
    • Ensure the implementation of appropriate financial controls for the programme;
    • Coordinate programme reporting and data base;
    • Represent the organisation in meetings, lectures, seminars and presentations;
    • Represent OAYouth to government officials, UN agencies, other NGO staff, and donors as appropriate and in consultation with the Country Representatives.
    Requirements:
    • Master’s degree in politics, sociology and others;
    • Outstanding oral and written communication skills;
    • Experience of producing proposals and reports for a variety of donors (must bring examples);
    • Work experience in a related position in a NGO is a pre-requisite;
    • Ability to network with stakeholders while also acting as a liaison between the field and office personnel;
    • Problem-solving and analytical skills;
    • Creative and understands the tools used in quantitative and qualitative planning;
    • Computer literacy;
    • Coaching and cross cultural communication skills;
    • Creative, participatory and innovative approach, takes initiative and is flexible;
    • Understanding of and capacity to address strong gender biases;
    • Willingness to undertake frequent travel within the programme area and on specific occasions to other OAYouth programme countries;
    • Fluency in French and English (verbal and written) will be an advantage.
    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to info@oayouth.org. Candidate are encouraged to visit http://www.oayouth.org to understand more about OAYouth.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    For more about The Organisation of African Youth, refer to www.oayouth.org.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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    Need to upgrade your NGO's technology capacity and infrastructure? Need software and hardware at significantly discounted prices? Refer to the SANGOTeCH online technology donation and discount portal at www.sangotech.org.
    Contact person: 
    All Africa
  • Half of World's PCs Use Pirated Software – Survey

    A Business Software Alliance (BSA) survey shows that almost half of personal computer users around the world get their software illegally, with China's massive market the worst culprit.

    In its new survey, BSA found that 47 percent of personal computer users globally believe there is nothing wrong with using unauthorised copies of software programmes.

    The survey of 15 000 personal computer users in 32 countries found that Chinese users have the most relaxed attitude to piracy.

    To read the article titled, “Half of world's computers use pirated software,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • 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: info@oayouth.org.

    Enquiries: Tel: +27 73 445 4355.

    For more about The Organisation of African Youth, refer to www.oayouth.org.

    Event start date: 
    01/11/2011
    Event venue: 
    Ingwenya Country Escape, Lanseria, Johannesburg
    Event type: 
    Conference
  • No Excuse for Neglecting 10 Million People With HIV

    Governments must commit to massively scale up treatment at UN Summit on AIDS
     
    Governments will meet at the United Nations (UN) in New York for an HIV/AIDS Summit from 8 to 10 June, to discuss the global response to the epidemic over the next five to ten years. Hanging in the balance will be the lives of the 10 million people in urgent need of treatment, at a time when the latest science tells us that treating HIV not only saves lives, but also dramatically reduces transmission of the virus from one person to another – by 96 percent.
     
    10 years ago, at the first major UN meeting on HIV/AIDS, then- Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, called for a ‘war chest’ to respond to the epidemic. The decade that followed saw an unprecedented mobilisation of political will and funding to put six million people put on life-saving antiretroviral drugs (ARVs).  But much more is needed to break the back of the epidemic.
     
    Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) began treating HIV/AIDS in 2000, and has seen the tremendous positive effect treatment has had on people and communities, reducing deaths and illness. The introduction of ARVs has transformed HIV from a death sentence to a manageable chronic disease. More and more people are receiving treatment – now more than six million in developing countries – and there are now new tools, treatment strategies and innovations that can help reach even more people.  
     
    One major factor that allowed treatment scale-up to today’s levels was the fact that the price of ARVs dropped dramatically over the past decade, from more than US$10 000 in 2000 to roughly US$150 today. This price decline has made lifesaving drugs accessible to millions of people in developing countries. The newer generation of ARVs has fewer side-effects, which has a positive effect on people’s ability to adhere to their treatment. 
     
    Another factor that has helped expand treatment is bringing care closer to patients, to local community clinics and health posts. This has particularly improved access to treatment for people in remote rural areas, who otherwise would struggle to find time and money to travel to distant central hospitals. Innovative models where patients are empowered to play an active role in managing their own treatment has also helped solve some of the issues related to distance, and has helped alleviate the burden on health systems. Moreover, shifting tasks from doctors to nurses, and in turn from nurses to lay workers, has reduced the pressure on overburdened health staff without compromising on quality of care. 
     
    The lessons learned over the last decade have shown us how to reach people with care in developing countries. The World Health Organisation now recommends people receive better-tolerated medicines, earlier in their disease progression, before they become very sick. This is an important step in the right direction. And there are innovations on the way that could help us more easily reach even more people. New drugs and innovative formulations; ways of producing drugs that could bring their cost down; simpler and easier-to-use diagnostic tools to monitor how patients are doing on treatment – these will help make the job of scaling up treatment even more feasible.  
     
    But all of this requires political will – this cannot be done without the financial resources from international donors and domestic investments in the countries affected. Scaling up treatment to all people in need will only be possible if leaders honour their past commitments by providing sustained funding, and by ensuring that drugs are affordable and available. Leaders also need to support policies to put effective treatment strategies in place and support the research and development of better, more affordable and simpler-to-use medicines and medical tools.
     
    The job is far from finished. The lessons of how to reach more people with care, coupled with the critical new science that shows us treatment can help us get ahead of the wave of new infections, tell us that now is the time to push forward with ambitious plans to get treatment to people in need.  There is simply no excuse for politicians to neglect the ten million people who will die without treatment in the next several years.  
     
    In the lead-up to the UN High-level meeting, MSF is releasing a series of five videos that illustrate innovative tools and models that could help make improved HIV treatment accessible to many more.
     
    30 May - Bringing HIV treatment closer to patients 
    31 May - Reducing pressure on health services by task-shifting 
    1 June - Enabling healthy lives with antiretroviral drugs 
    6 June - Benefits of starting HIV treatment earlier
     
    For more about Médecins Sans Frontières, refer to www.msf.org.za.
  • Green Energy Use to Surge: UN

    A draft United Nations (UN) report shows that renewable energies such as wind or solar power are set to surge by 2050, and expected advances in technology will bring significant cost cuts.

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says in the draft that, “The cost of most renewable energy technologies has declined, and significant additional technical advancements are expected.”

    The draft states that further cost reductions are expected, resulting in greater potential for climate change mitigation and reducing the need for policy measures to ensure rapid deployment.

    To read the article titled, “Green energy use to surge: UN,” click here.
    Source: 
    News24
  • Call to Implement ‘Right Resolutions’

    Stakeholders attending the NGO Forum of the Africa Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) 49th Ordinary Session have pointed out the need for the implementation of the various resolutions agreed to, noting that only by doing so could the effective protection and fulfilment of people’s rights be achieved on the continent.
     
    Executive director of the ACHPR, Hannah Forster, who is also the chairperson of the NGO forum steering committee, said that the implementation of new resolutions for the protection of human and people’s right is paramount to the cause of the commission.
     
    Forster noted that despite the persistence of human rights violations in Africa leading to violence, insecurity and conflict, there have been significant inroads by some countries in the right direction.
     
    To read the article titled, “Implement right resolutions, ACHPR tells governments,” click here.
    Source: 
    Today
  • Stillbirths More Common in Sub-Saharan Africa

    At least 7 000 stillbirths occur globally every day, with majority of such cases happening in Sub- Saharan African countries including Uganda.
     
    World Health Organisation assistant director general for family and community health, Dr Flavia Bustreo, states that many stillbirths are invisible because they go unrecorded and are not seen as a major public health problem.
     
    The report states that maternal infections in pregnancies, childbirth complications, maternal disorders, fetal growth restrictions and congenital abnormalities are the key factors contributing to high stillbirths. The report has also found that stillbirths have declined by just 1.1 percent per year between 1995 and 2009.
     
    To read the article titled, “7 000 stillbirths occur daily globally-report,” click here.
    Source: 
    Daily Monitor
  • Internet Freedom Declining as Use Grows – Report

    Hacked and deleted blogs, facing criminal charges for sending an e-mail complaining about service delivery and discovering that Facebook has been shut, etc, are among the restrictions on Internet freedom that users around the world have encountered in the last two years.

    According to Sanja Kelly, managing editor, and Sarah Cook, assistant editor, at Freedom House, a Washington-based NGO, “...as more people use the Internet to freely communicate and obtain information, governments have ratcheted up efforts to control it.”

    Kelly, who produced a report entitled "Freedom on the Net: A Global Assessment of Internet and Digital Media," points out that the deepening Internet penetration is particularly evident in the developing world, where declining subscription costs, government investments in infrastructure, and the rise of mobile technology has allowed the number of users to nearly triple since 2006.

    To read the article titled, “Internet freedom declining as use grows,” click here.
    Source: 
    SFGate
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