Civil society

Developing Communities

The Southern African Housing Foundation (SAHF) will be hosting a four-day conference and exhibition titled Developing Communities from 12-15 October 2008 in Cape Town.

The conference, which also features speakers in the field, will expose delegates to the latest housing information. The programme will include speakers who are experts in their field.

In light of the SAHF and CIH United Kingdom agreement on promoting the dissemination of information and supporting educational initiatives to highlight community development issues, an interesting programme will be presented.

Blogging for Civil Society

On the day that I am already late for this article on blogging, a friend from university days - and a powerhouse in the South African blogosphere - invites me to blog on his site. The first useful thing I find on the site is that ‘blogosphere’ is a *really* detested word.  The second thing I learn – mostly because I’m looking for it - is that regular posting, fresh ideas and accuracy are minimum requirements for a successful blog. 

NGO Profile: Papillon Foundation

The Papillon Foundation is a public benefit NGO working towards the economic and social development of previously disadvantaged communities in Rosettenville, south of Johannesburg. Registered in January 2002, the Foundation has initiated various successful social outreach projects to empower communities to meet their own needs.

NGO Handbook

The NGO Handbook is a wiki-based work, which contains carefully selected articles that were written by a team of scholars and NGO practitioners with competence in their subject areas. This resource provides an overview of the NGO sector, country profiles, legal and financial topics, project management and networking articles, and other practical information of relevance for the success of NGOs.

For more information, click here.

Taking a Closer Look at Global Warming

Most of us have heard of global warming. Hardly a day goes by without something in the newspaper or on TV to convince us that we are on the brink of a disaster of our own making. The ice caps are rapidly melting, thousands of species are facing extinction, and regular floods, droughts and hurricanes prove that weather patterns all over the world are changing. Given the steady stream of reports and the sheer scale of the problem, it is hard not to want to do something about it at a personal level. The problem is that the "solutions" seem so trivial.

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