International

Increase in Restrictive Laws on Foreign Funding to NGOs

From 1993 to 2012, 39 of the world’s 153 low and middle-income countries enacted restrictive laws on foreign funding to civil society organisations, both domestic and international.

In some cases, these governments banned overseas funding for local actors outright, while in other instances, they imposed new rules restricting which locally-operating non-governmental organisations could receive aid, and for what purpose.

​Namibian NGOs Face Bleak Future

The categorisation of Namibia as an upper middle-income country has left many orphanages, charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in a state of limbo as donors have gradually withdrawn financial assistance.
 
This has in turn compelled some organisations to shut their operations, as there no funds to sustain them, leaving vulnerable children and orphans stranded with no place to call home.
 

​Free Diabetes Testing on World Health Day

The Zimbabwe Diabetic Association (ZDA) has offered free diabetes testing to over 400 people in Mashonaland East to commemorate the World Health Day.
 
The World Health Day is commemorated on 7 April annually.
 
ZDA president, Dr John Mangwiro, who says the organisation was offering free diabetes testing to people around the country, adds that: "We are doing awareness activities on prevention and management of diabetes to people around the country…”
 

​Govt Declares Food Emergency Due to Drought

The international community must act swiftly and decisively on the Malawi Government's ‘declaration of emergency’ where people are facing worsening hunger because of El Nino-related drought and country-wide crop failures.
 
Oxfam, Concern Universal, Concern Worldwide, Save the Children and GOAL say the Government of Malawi's declaration was a much-needed acknowledgement of the scale of the problem and should send a strong signal to donors to act quickly.
 

​Problem With Activists Doing Good in Africa

In recent years, according to the Erasmus University Rotterdam’s Ben Radley, Western advocacy groups have achieved unprecedented success in mobilising Europeans and North Americans behind a ‘conflict minerals’ campaign to help end the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
 
Radley says the advocacy groups have also attracted strong criticism, both internationally and in the DRC, for the perceived negative impact of their work.
 

Youth for Survival's Pledge for Parity

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 8 March and in South Africa we also celebrate Women’s Day on 9 August every year. South Africa comes in at eighth place on a world classification table of women in national parliament. These are all developments that deserve to be applauded as the nation is taking strides towards the ultimate goal of achieving women’s rights. However, in the same instance it is never enough until we reach the peak of equality in all spheres, when women’s dignity and rights can be fairly observed in our nation.

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.

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