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Nonprofit Sector Needs More Leaders

Leadership is one of the most talked about, but least understood concepts in the Non-Profit field. There seems to be consensus that not all managers are leaders. There is however less consensus regarding the principle of whether managers are ‘made’ and leaders ‘born’. Both of these aspects are of importance in terms of leadership versus management in the Non-Profit sectors, and the debate is ongoing. Of even more importance is actively promoting and endorsing the debate on the need of leadership in the nonprofit sector.

Ramadhani Urges NGOs Urges to Use AfCHPR

The President of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR), Justice Augustino Ramadhani, has advised South Africa to make the Declaration required under Article 34 (6), to allow non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and individuals to access the court directly.

Justice Ramadhani made the call recently when responding to questions from participants who attended the one-day sensitisation colloquium on AfCHPR, which was organised by the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA).

Green Climate Fund to Announce Projects

The United Nations’ flagship Green Climate Fund will announce its first projects at a board meeting, which runs from 2-5 November 2015 in Zambia.

According to Ed King, eight funding proposals worth US$168 million were recently published on its website, three targeted in Africa, two in Latin American and the others in Fiji, the Maldives and Bangladesh.

Sexualised Violence in the National Debate - Cross Border Observatios in India and South Africa

In 2013, the world came to know of two young women: Jyoti Singh Pandey from India and Anene Booysen from South Africa. Both were gang-raped, brutally attacked and died fighting for their lives. If it wasn’t for their families, outraged citizens, and civil society activists, they would today be nothing more than statistics, two digits added to the alarming number of women raped and murdered worldwide.

YALI Criticises NGOs Political Stance

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) has expressed concern that some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Zambia are getting involved in partisan politics and active campaigns for political candidates.

YALI governance advisor, Isaac Mwanza, says even if he believes in the right of NGOs to be critical of government and politicians, he also believes that civil society organisations must avoid the temptation of engaging in active partisan politics that favour one candidate against another.

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.

​Climate Change Negotiations, is Africa Benefitting?

African countries appear to have unwavering interests in climate change negotiations especially those international ones such as the recent UNCOP21 held in Paris in December 2015.
 
The nature of excitement coupled with phony expectations have left a lot of neutrals wondering as to what exactly is in store for the African continent.
 
Africa has not benefitted from these climate change negotiations, as the African countries would be at pains to portray.
 

Elder Mentors to Turn Initiates into Real Men

Traditional leaders in the Eastern Cape are mentoring initiation graduates (or amakrwala in Xhosa) in an effort to boost moral regeneration among them.
 
According to Lulamile Feni, the aim is to educate new graduates on manhood challenges, responsibilities and societal morals and values.
 
Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders chairperson chief, Ngangomhlaba Matanzima, says elderly men as mentors need to share words of wisdom and advice and mould the characters of the young men through mentorship.
 

Chad President Ratifies ACHPR

Chad has deposited its instrument of ratification of the protocol on the establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, bringing the number of countries to have ratified it to 30.

The instrument was signed on 27 January 2016 by the country’s President, Idriss Deby Itno, and immediately deposited at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The ratification was promised by the Chad's President when he met the court's president, Justice Augustino Ramadhani, in N'djamena during a sensitisation visit to the country from 16-17 December, 2015.

​UN Panel Rules in Favour of Assange

A United Nations (UN) panel has ruled that Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, has been ‘arbitrarily detained’.
 
No comment was immediately available from the United Nations in Geneva, where the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has been considering a request by Assange for a ruling.
 
Assange, 44, is wanted in Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape in 2010, which he denies.
 

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