South Africa to Host SADC Election Forum

The electoral commissions of Southern African Development Community (SADC)  countries will meet from 23-25 August 2011 in South Africa to examine critical recent trends and developments affecting electoral democracy in the region.

The Electoral Commissions Forum, which was launched in 1998 is an independent entity which facilitates cooperation between the electoral authorities of countries in the SADC.

Its main function is the promotion of democratic values and free, fair and transparent elections in the SADC region.

Call for Systematic HIV Drug Resistance Testing

A new study has found that transmitted HIV drug resistance may be on the rise in Africa, and the authors warn that unless resistance surveillance is increased, the continent's treatment programmes could suffer.

Led by the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) in five African countries, the study found that the prevalence of transmitted drug resistance in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia is considerably higher than previously reported.

Gbagbo Must Go for Africa’s Sake – Annan

Former United Nations secretary-general, Kofi Annan, says that if Ivorian President, Laurent Gbagbo, stays in power in despite losing a presidential election, it will be a setback for the whole of Africa.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Annan, who mediated in many African conflicts, said the result of the December election appeared clear and almost everyone accepted the UN-certified outcome that former Prime Minister, Alessane Ouattara had won.

Heavy Rain Puts Relief Agencies on Alert

Heavy rains and localised flooding across southern Africa from Angola to Madagascar are raising fears that the devastating floods of 2000 will be repeated, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Hein Zeelie, an OCHA humanitarian affairs officer based in Johannesburg, points out that, "All countries in contiguous southern Africa are expected to receive normal to above-normal rainfall between January and March 2011.

Southern African Water Wire expands co-operation

The Southern African Water Wire, produced by Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa, has entered a second phase with expanded support to focus on climate change and river basin management in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

AusAID is the latest donor to support this programme, which promotes integrated water resources management in the SADC region through the production of radio and print stories for use by community and mainstream media, as well as capacity building for regional reporters.

Resource Mobilisation Strategy for NGOs/NPOs



NPO/NGO’s today are challenge with meeting their critical resources and extensive fund mobilisation for sustainability. To support with an inadequate planning techniques, the changing trend of donor funding NPO/NGO. This workshop seeks to strengthen the danger of survival/sustainability. This workshop seeks to help in developing critical strategies for NGO/NPO’s, in meeting these trends and aligning to their organisational objectives for funding and sustainability.

Who’s Feeling It? Informal traders and the World Cup

As the whole country gears up for the quickly approaching 2010 FIFA World Cup, not everyone is happy. Informal traders are waiting for a response this week from FIFA to demands made last week at a demonstration outside ‘Soccer City’ protesting their exclusion from World Cup commerce. In the shadow of the Coca-Cola tower, over 100 informal traders presented a memorandum to FIFA executives, who promised a reply within seven days.

Namibian Elections: Why the Results are Disputed

The controversy surrounding the voters’ register and a pending court case in which opposition parties dispute the outcome of the November 2009 presidential and national assembly election results in Namibia, is bad news for democracy in that country, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and for the African continent in general.


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