civil society organising

NGOs Denied Access to Areas in Zimbabwe

Humanitarian organisations are accusing the Zimbabwean government and war veterans of denying them access to some parts of the country to distribute food aid.

The National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO) says the situation has made it difficult for organisations to provide humanitarian relief and to control hunger stalking the nation.

Caribbean NGOs Want Haiti Debt Cancelled

Leading Caribbean NGOs have joined their Haitian counterparts in calling for an unconditional write-off of Haitian foreign debt, which currently stands at approximately US$1.7 billion. 

The Caribbean Policy Development Centre has issued an open letter to finance ministers of wealthy nations, the directors of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Chinese Ambassador Urges NGOs to Continue Good Work

The Chinese ambassador to Botswana has warned NGOs in the country to desist from acting like government organs.

Ding Xiaowen reminded NGOs that they are representatives of thousands of people from all walks of life. 

Ding says NGOs should act as a messenger between the government and the people to promote mutual understanding and social responsibility. He stressed that NGOs should be "a partner, a supporter, and a promoter" when in agreement with government on certain issues.

NGOs to March for Free Basic and Clean Electricity

Press Release

28 October 2008

On Thursday the 30th of October 2008, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and the Anti-Privatisation Forum will be marching on the Department of Minerals & Energy, Eskom, and the City of Johannesburg. Communities across Gauteng are protesting to demand a decent, meaningful Free Basic Allocation of electricity and for increased generation of electricity from renewable resources.

Médecins Sans Frontières SA: Invitation to a presentation

Invitation to a presentation by Dan Sermand, General Director of MSF Sweden
Titled: The Civilian and Military Blur: Is the Humanitarian Mandate in Danger?

The MSF Perspective

Hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand
Date: 23rd October 2008
Time: 10h00 to 12h00 – with light snacks provided

Please RSVP by email to programme.officer@joburg.msf.org
or contact Carrie Brooke-Sumner on 011 403 4440 or 071 325 4158.

MDI and TGIF: Training course

The Management Development Institute (MDI) —South Africa

A joint initiative of Southern New Hampshire University’s School of Community Enterprise Development (SCED) and the Thembani International Guarantee Fund (TIGF) offer a 5-day training course to equip business, bankers, corporate social investment and policy making practitioners on how changes in the business environment and policy realm have implications for the way business is conducted.

Training Dates Date: 17-21 November, 2008

Civil Society Needs Non-Violent Activism

We celebrated the second International Day of Non-Violence on 2 October 2008. The day also marked the birth of Mahatma Gandhi who helped lead India to independence. His legacy of non-violent action has strengthened struggles for sovereignty and civil, political and economic rights and influenced freedom fighters and inspired leaders like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr.

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