civil society organising

Fundraising Symposium for NPO/NGOs

Is your NPO/NGO struggling with funding/financial crisis, are you surviving the current global changes, global financial crisis, the recession, and lack of committed volunteers to support organisations sustainability:

You are invited to attend a two-day workshop which will critically address the issues affecting your organisation and its survival in the current trends or dispensation.

The workshop will cover:

  • The Business Environments & Corporate Social Responsibilities;
  • Donation/Fundraising and Donor Requirements;

Crossing the Threshold of Regionalism

This policy brief reviews social security systems in southern Africa. In the context of increased cross border migration as a result of deeper regional integration and deteriorating living conditions in some countries. The brief examines the possibility of social benefits for migrant workers in southern Africa being portable across countries in the region.

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Philanthropy, Democracy and Civil society: Tending a Garden Over the Long Term

Who would have thought that in April 2009 South Africans would vote in a national election where the winning presidential candidate, Jacob Zuma, would enter his office under a cloud of corruption? Who would have guessed that the democratic government, led by the African National Congress, would reject a visa application from the Dalai Lama, in effect turning its back on the international human rights solidarity that it relied on 20 years earlier to end apartheid?

The State and Civil Society in Africa

'The State and Civil Society in Africa: A North African Perspective' is a paper that looks at the concept of civil society in the Arab and African regions. The paper provides a historic overview of Arab and African civil society development, including civil society’s relation with the State and analyses the political, bureaucratic and economic constraints for civil society in these regions.

For more information, click here.

Time to Take on the Lotto

If you are a charity or NGO who feels that you have been treated unreasonably or unfairly by the Lotto, and you are willing to take them on, Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc., a firm of attorneys, is willing to assist you.

Lourens Ackermann, Pro Bono Coordinator at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc., is currently investigating the possibility of pursuing individual applications against the Lotto on behalf of deserving charities and NGOs.

Shame on Lotto

My name is Robin Opperman, and I am the Director of the Umcebo Trust. We run a non-profit art and craft trust, based in Durban. We applied in the most recent Lotto round of applications, and submitted end of February. We received the standard acknowledgements and within the past two weeks were very excited to receive correspondence from Lotto asking for elaboration on a number of issues related to our application.

Recession Threatens Charity Organisations

More than 500 000 needy South Africans, many of them women and children, could be plunged into further desperation as the country’s charities battle a funding crisis. This is according to Child Welfare South Africa.

Industry experts revealed that charity organisations, which represent 30 percent of social services in the country, will have R3 billion less to spend on crucial causes this year because of the recession.

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