Human Rights Monitoring Training for Youth

The Rwandan NGO, Assist Rwanda, says human rights need regular enforcement if societies are to embrace sustainable peace.

Addressing a group of youth trained to monitor and evaluate mediators, prisons and Travaux performances across the country, Assist Rwanda national director, Emmanuel Shamakokera, urged the youth to visit the rural areas and make residents understand their rights and how to fight for and safeguard them.

Women’sNet Slams Lenient Sentence

Women’sNet has slammed the 14-year jail sentence handed down to Dumisani Sikhakhane, a former secret service agent for murdering his former wife, their seven-year old daughter and the mother’s new husband.

Women’sNet media and information manager, Lebogang Marishane, has described the sentence as “a reflection of the justice system not recognising the worth of women’s lives”.

Call for Pro-philanthropy Policies

Amanda Bloch, a philanthropist and supporter of the Red Cross Children's hospital in Cape Town, has criticised the tunnel vision of government departments and called on the South African Revenue Services to develop policies that support philanthropy.

Bloch, who was awarded the 2007 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Health, says the biggest challenge in her work had been navigating the apparent ‘insurmountable bureaucracy and lack of collaboration on the part of government’.

12 Honoured in Philanthropy Awards

Inyathelo – The South African Institute for Advancement’s philanthropy programme manager, Gillian Mitchell, says that the Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards give South Africans the chance to thank those people who have and are making a difference.

Mitchell was speaking at the occasion of the 2009 awards in Cape Town. Since its inception three years ago, the Inyathelo Awards have recognised those whose personal contributions have made a sustainable contribution to the communities in which they are active.

Africa Requires US$70bn to Fight Climate Change

For Africa to effectively tackle the growing challenges of climate change currently holding every part of the world to ransom, the continent is in dire need of not less than $70 billion annually to mitigate the impact of the scourge. This is the view of Africa Environmental & Economic peace Mission (AEEPM).

Deputy national coordinator of the group, Rosemary Ijeoma Okenwa, says that the recent UN Climate conference which was held from 28 September to 10 October 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand, failed to reach an agreement on key issues slated for discussion.

Capacity Building Workshop for Rwandan NGOs

As part of efforts to strengthen civil society in Rwanda, the Public Sector Capacity Building Secretariat (PSCBS), has kicked off a two-week training that targets 60 elected civil society representatives from all districts.

The training is under the $0.4m project for Civil Society Institutional Support and Capacity Building that is being funded by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF).

PSCBS executive secretary, Charles Karake, underscored the importance of civil society to the national development agenda.

Aid Groups Mobilise to Help Wounded

Aid agencies are mobilising funds and relief supplies to help more than 1 000 Guineans injured in 28 September violence, as well as to brace for further unrest as the country remains volatile, according to the United Nations.

Aid workers say UN agencies, donors and NGOs in the capital Conakry are providing meals for hospital patients, giving medical supplies to health centres and ordering in new supplies to ensure adequate emergency stocks.

Activists Slam Unscrupulous NGO

Several activists and Movement Democratic Change (MDC) officials in South Africa have slammed a NGO that allegedly manipulated the plight of Zimbabwean refugees to raise funds for a repatriation programme.

MDC chairperson in SA, Austin Moyo, points out that hundreds of Zimbabwean refugees at the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg were duped into going back home, on the back of a promise of R7 000, computers, printers and scanners, to start Internet café's back home.

NGO Leaders Held in Zimbabwe

The heads of the umbrella organisation for all of Zimbabwe's NGOs have arrested amid worsening signs of the disintegration of the country's fragile coalition government.

Spokesperson, Farai Ngirande, says that chief executive of the National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO), Cephas Zinumhwe, and NANGO chairperson, Dadirai Chikwengo, were arrested at the small airport in the northern resort town of Victoria Falls after a NANGO meeting.

NGO Reopens Funda Centre

Funda Centre is up and running again thanks to the efforts of Senior Citizens Focus Cooperative, a NGO that has taken over its affairs.

The Senior Citizens Focus Cooperative assumed control of the centre last year and has a 10-year lease. It is already offering 23 skills training courses to the community. About 5 400 people have already signed on for nursing, catering, carpentry and business skills.


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