civil society organising

Failure to Protect

20 June 2008 was World Refugee Day. The theme for this year was ‘Refugee Protection’. For Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), it was a little ironic. In fact, MSF marked the day by placing public messages in major national and regional newspapers, calling for the South African government and the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide the necessary assistance and legal protection to Zimbabweans guaranteed under international law.

Developing Lobbying Strategies for Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management into Development Planni

Developing Lobbying Strategies for Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management into Development Planning and Policy

The Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG), a NGO that promotes environmental justice and civil society engagement with environmental issues, is hosting a workshop entitled “Developing Lobbying Strategies for Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management into Development Planning and Policy” from 15-16 October 2008 in Cape Town.

The workshop is aimed at

Lessons for Aid Effectiveness from Poverty Hearings

Over the past two months, the African Monitor, working with Black Sash, CIVICUS, Hope Africa, South African Human Rights Commission, COSATU, Southern African Trust, South African Council of Churches, SANGOCO, Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute and IDASA,  has held Poverty Hearings in across South Africa. These gatherings have provided people from all walks of life the opportunity to talk about their experiences of poverty.

Organisational Climate Survey Tool

The Umhlaba Consulting Group has an online organisational climate survey designed to assist managers particularly in NGOs to assess the climate in their organisations on an ongoing basis. The tool takes the form of an online questionnaire that has a number of questions dealing with ten organisational themes including management and leadership, organisational culture, staff remuneration etc.

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