Organisation for creativity:
civil society organising
In his 2003 State of the Nation Address, President Thabo Mbeki remarked: “As we continue to respond to the challenge to put our shoulders to the wheel to accelerate the pace of change, we reiterate the appeal to all our people to sustain the Letsema Volunteer Campaign and respond to the call – vuk’uzenzele!”
Last week the PSC (Palestine Solidarity Committee) put out a call to all of our networks and friends requesting donations so that we can continue our solidarity work. Meanwhile, the genocide in Palestine rages on.
As you are probably aware the current crisis in Gaza seems to go from bad to worse, daily. With over 900 dead and over 3500 people in Gaza wounded (over 80% are civilian victims); it's hard to look for a light at the end of the tunnel.
Poverty action group, the Anti Eviction Campaign (AEC), is planning a nationwide boycott of the upcoming general elections and is campaigning for others to follow its lead.
Western Cape Provincial AEC Coordinator, Mncedisi Twala, points out that: "Our people have been voting from April 1994. [But] We have never had a fruitful result out of those elections, because all that we see is corruption, nepotism and the promotion of the private sector."
Citizens of Zimbabwe have issued an urgent appeal to the South African leaders to alleviate their misery. Their anguished voices have been caught on film by a three-member team from CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, which visited Zimbabwe over the Christmas period (19-26 December, 2008).
NGO Consulting Africa in association with International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC) is conducting a five-day course Southern African Development Community (SADC) region course on Strategic Planning and Creative Thinking from 23-27 March 2009 in Zimbabwe. The course is aimed at NGO managers, NGO board members and business executives.
- Explore the dynamics of strategic and creative thinking
- Understand the process of strategy formation
High poverty rates and low education levels are contributing to increased vulnerability to HIV/AIDS in Yemen, especially among commercial sex workers. This is according to the Integrated Care Association for People Living with HIV.
The organisation’s secretary-general, Abdul-Hafed al-Ward, points out that most cases of HIV/AIDS involve people with low incomes.
Al-Ward maintains that, “Poverty and HIV/AIDS go together and wherever the former exists so does the latter."
Planning, monitoring and evaluation: 23 - 27 February, Cape Town
How to develop a M&E system: 23 - 25 March, Cape Town
Dynamic Facilitation Skills for participatory processes: 18 – 22 May, Gauteng
Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation: 27 - 31 July, Gauteng
How to develop a M&E system: 25 - 27 August, Gauteng
Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation: 2 - 6 November, Gauteng
How to develop a M&E system: 1 - 3 December, Gauteng
Planning, monitoring and evaluation
BOSTON, MA—International relief and development agency Oxfam America has been awarded $1 million by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to respond to a deadly cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe. The funding will support Oxfam’s work to help 135,000 people have access to safe water and sanitation facilities and reduce the spread of the disease in addition to supporting community awareness efforts.
A free Art Exhibition featuring internationally exhibited artists, plus a plethora of Walter Sisulu student and local work will be held at Chintsa River Golf Estate Swiss Villa from 15 December 2008 to 5 January 2009.
Chintsa River Golf Estate is 25 km from East London.
See Chintsa River Golf Estate for details.
Entry is free. Opens 11am. Closes 5pm.
All artwork is for sale and a portion of each art sale is donated to African Angels.