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Activists Challenge Attacks on ICC

Activists from across Africa clarify misconceptions about the International Criminal Court (ICC) and highlight the need for African governments to support the court in a video released by 21 African and international non-governmental organisations.

In January 2016, the African Union (AU) gave its Open-Ended Committee of African Ministers on the ICC a mandate to develop a ‘comprehensive strategy’ on the ICC, including considering the withdrawal of African member countries from the court.

Women, Youth, Let Down by NGOs – Adamu

Peter Adamu in his article titled ‘Women and youth activism a let-down’, says that he has the opinion that the work and voice of human rights and civil rights activists has been compromised by the political happenings in Zambia.

Adamu argues that he has always echoed the need for people especially those working in non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or civil society organisations (CSOs) to be sober and focused on the work they are meant to do.

NGO Calls for an End to Abuse Against Children

A child rights organisation has called for practical interventions that can significantly benefit children in the country in order to bail them out from the challenges that they face.

The organisation, the Child Rights Permanent Committee (CRPC) which is a grouping of child rights non-governmental in Malawi under the NGO Gender Coordination Network, made the call during a meeting which was aimed at assessing children’s rights.

Anti-Mugabe NGOs Wasted ‘Our Money’ – Diplomat

There is very little to show for the huge amounts of money invested in local pro-democracy groups over the years, a western envoy has lamented, adding that the non-governmental organisation sector has become as corrupt as the regime whose ouster it sought.

A diplomat who heads one of the western donor organisations in the country says that, “You can see that there (has been) no, or very little, change in the democracy situation in the country despite the civil society having been well resourced financially.”

Stateless Child Born Every 10 Minutes Globally

The United Nations Refugee Agency says a stateless child is born every 10 minutes around the world.
 
The agency says there are about 10 million stateless people in the world and that 30 percent of them are children.
 
It says this is mainly due to discriminatory citizenship laws which are exacerbated by the fact that most countries grant citizenship based on descent.
 

​NGOs, CSOs, Praises for Improving Education

Ilala Municipal Council in Dar es Salaam has praised the involvement of civil society organisations and non-governmental organisations in improving the education of children in the district's poverty-stricken households.

Ilala Municipal Council education officer, Lukia Gwandu, says that a number of schools in Ilala District still lack educational infrastructure.

Gwandu explains that these organisations have been working hard to complement government efforts in improving reading, writing and basic arithmetic skills for children.

​NGO Commended Over Open Review Forum

Stakeholders in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) have commended Water for People for holding a stakeholder review forum which creates deeper insight into nonprofit activity, fund distribution and impact.

Regional irrigation and water development officer for Southern Region, Phideria Moyo, says the forum is important as it will help in reviewing what is being done in the project areas as well as map the way forward on meeting the set target dates.

​Civil Society Under Serious Attack - CIVICUS

Mandeep Tiwana, head of policy and analysis at CIVICUS, an international organisation representing civil society organisations, points out that, "Civil society freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly have been under serious attack in 109 countries around the world in 2015 alone."

Tiwana is of the view that, "One of the main tests of the justness of any society is how it treats its minorities whether there is equality of opportunity for all particularly for disadvantaged populations."

​High Unemployment: More Asylum Seeks in SA

According a report by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), in the midst of staggeringly high unemployment figures, South Africa hosted more asylum seekers than any other country in the world at the end of 2015.

In the first quarter of 2016, unemployment rose to 26.7 percent from 24.5 percent in the fourth quarter of last year.

This translates to more than five million people in South Africa who are actively seeking employment, the figure excludes millions of job seekers who have given up looking for work.

​Be Wary of NGOs, Legislators Told

Parliamentarians have been urged to be wary of non-governmental-organisations who in their bid to discredit local polls, will never appreciate the country's electoral system.

Legislators noted that some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like the Election Resource Centre would ‘perpetually’ condemn Zimbabwe's electoral system despite improvements that would have been registered.

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