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.
Zimbabwe’s opposition parties and political analysts have urged ZANU-PF to be consistent and desist from attacking non-governmental organisations (NGOs), saying this creates unnecessary hostility in the face of need.
Opposition parties urged the government not to create unnecessary acrimony after a spirited campaign by the ruling party to lampoon NGOs.
MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu, points out that: “Needless to state non-governmental organisations, as usual, will have to come onto the scene in order to provide food to the starving millions in the villages and towns.”
The role of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in world and country politics has always been vibrant and widespread and has grown in importance since the 1990’s. Many NGOs through the years have fought for transparent political processes and political accountability, and developing a democratic culture among citizens. It seems to have become even more important in the past few years.
Southern Africa Network for Biosciences
BioFISA II Programme Seed Projects
Call for Innovative Technologies
Call ID: V6LFISA/2016/SGF002
This is a two-phased open call for funding of flagship projects. In this first phase, only a concept note  is submitted for evaluation (Part 1). Thereafter, the shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal (Part 2) and separate guidelines for the second phase will be published.
Call ID: V6LFISA/2016/FSG001
Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) – an independent research think tank that focuses on generating new knowledge, information and analysis in the field of poverty and inequality studies – is pleased to welcome seasoned journalist and communications specialist Alan Fine onto its board of trustees.
The SADC Lawyers' Association (SADCLA) is calling for expressions of interest from experts in the areas of mediation, elections, electoral dispute resolution and/or electoral law to develop a curriculum and deliver training in the area of electoral mediation in Southern Africa. The training will target 12-20 lawyers from Southern Africa (with the possibility of extending the training to a larger group in future).
SANBio/BioFISA II is inviting applications for mobility grants from individuals in the biosciences field from the SANBio member states.
The SANBio member states include Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Individual support grants of up to ZAR 22,000 for regional applications or ZAR 30,000 for international applications will be provided, depending on the particular nature of the exchange or visit.
Call ID: V6LFISA/2015/MFG001
Thembalethu Development is a nonprofit organisation founded in April 2002 with the aim of becoming the socio-economic development agency of choice for the mining industry, government, corporate, private sector and international donors.
Thembalethu Development seeks to appoint a Provincial Programmes Coordinator, based in Kimberly.
This week nearly 100 delegates from across the globe meet in Johannesburg for Buntwani 2015. This event provides a platform for reflection, analysis and candid dialogue on the impact of technology-supported initiatives aimed at empowering citizens to voice their concerns and demands, as well as improve governments’ responsiveness and accountability.
The theme of Buntwani 2015 is, “The Next Step in Innovation for Good Governance: Moving the dialogue forward from potential to impact”.