Kidnapped Aid Worker Released

A Greek employee of the Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders - MSF) the medical charity, kidnapped in eastern Chad early last month, has been released.

However, army general, Oki Daggache could not reveal all the details regarding the release.

In March, British charity Oxfam estimated that 25 attacks occur every month on NGOs operating in eastern Chad.

The violence is often blamed on bandits, and NGOs have frequently denounced the lack of adequate security.

The CSI Toolkit

The 'CSI Toolkit,' a practical ‘how-to’ guide on investing CSI funds effectively. Produced by the CSI Solutions, the toolkit is the first publication of its kind in South Africa and provides invaluable information on the process, from developing a strategy to identifying, planning, managing and exiting community development projects.

Welfare Bodies to March Against Low State Subsidies

Social welfare bodies helping abused women, children, the disabled and the elderly will march to protest against low state subsidies and the gap in salaries between staff in the government and those in NGOs.

Against the background of the government’s insistence that it is focusing on poverty reduction, NGOs in Gauteng say subsidies have not increased since 2004, adding that there is a 37 percent gap in salaries between government social workers and those employed by NGOs.

CSOs Petition Against NGO Bill

Zambian CSOs are planning to petition President Rupiah Banda not to assent to the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Bill.

The CSOs are also challenging chief government spokesperson, Lieutenant General Ronnie Shikapwasha, to tell the nation what consultations were made and the submissions taken into consideration from CSOs when the Bill was amended.

NGO Report Criticises Zim Unity Government

The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition is to issue a damning report, highlighting the shortcomings of the seven-month coalition government.

According to the Coalition’s Programmes Manager, Pedzisai Ruhanya, the report, ‘Can Apples be Reaped from a Thorn Tree: The Inclusive, Exclusive and Elusive Government’, criticises the inability of the inclusive government to deal with issues of transitional justice.

Ruhanya says victims of last year's political violence are still crying out for justice and yet no attempts are underway to address this.

Donors Prefer Channelling Funds to CSOs

A report entitled ‘Development Cooperation Report 2007-2008,’ published by the Ugandan government with the assistance of the United Nations Development Programme, shows that most donors in that country provide support through civil society despite the government's efforts to persuade them to do so through the budget.

According to the report: "The proportion of support to Uganda administered outside the government is significant. In some sectors, it exceeds 90 per cent of the total funding from development partners."

NGOs Criticise KZN Social Welfare Budget

Welfare NGOs say the KwaZulu-Natal Social Welfare budget is creating a widening gap between better-paid state social workers and those employed by nonprofit organisations.

Network of Welfare Organisation Directors chairperson, Shelagh Hurford, says the entry level for social workers in NGOs is about R8 270, while social workers employed by the state get about 17 percent more than this plus their occupational-specific dispensation (OSDs). NGOs with only a five percent increase in their subsidies cannot compete.

Corporate Social Entrepreneurship

Corporate Social Entrepreneurship’ discusses the concept of corporate social entrepreneurship (CSE), a process aimed at enabling business to develop more advanced and powerful forms of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The paper argues that CSE is not about managing existing operations or CSR programmes - it is about creating disruptive change in the pursuit of new opportunities. It combines the willingness and desire to create joint economic and social value with the entrepreneurial redesign, systems development, and action necessary to carry it out.

CSO Self-Regulatory Initiatives Database

In response to calls for greater accountability, civil society organisations (CSO) have increasingly been coming together to define common standards of practices and identify to whom and for what they are accountable. The result is a rapid proliferation of self-regulatory initiatives including codes of conduct, codes of ethics, certification schemes, reporting frameworks, working groups, and information services such as directories.


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