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Master Class in Public Service Excellence

USB-Ed’s Impumelelo: The Stellenbosch Academy for Social Innovations Centre, in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, are bringing project presenters in water, sanitation, recycling, and waste management from the e’Thekwini and Drakenstein Municipalities to present to a key group of public managers drawn from the Gauteng municipalities and region. 

Call for Papers: Innovations in HIV Prevention in Africa

Health Economic and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) is a self-funded, applied research unit based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. HEARD conducts a range of research-from pure to applied- seeking to support all those intent on designing interventions to reduce the HIV pandemic in all sectors  in  the  SADC and East Africa region. Its research agenda is driven by current issues and is aimed at producing knowledge and evidence critical to informed policies and actions.

Innovations in HIV Prevention in Africa

Call for Microcredit Legislation for the Poor

Grameen Bank founder, Mohammad Yunus, says a lack of microcredit laws in many African countries is denying millions of the continent's poor access to loans.

Yunus, who won a Nobel prize in 2006 for championing tiny microcredit loans to the poor in Bangladesh, is now pioneering an idea he calls ‘social business’ as a way to fight poverty - business not for profit, but to solve social problems.

UN Criticises US of Delaying Aid

The United Nations (UN) says it is running out of food for millions of starving Somalis in part because the United States is delaying aid amid fears it could be intercepted by militants linked to al-Qaeda.

Starting October, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) says it cut rations by up to half for some people in the lawless, impoverished east African nation and will run out of supplies in December.

Financial Crisis: Will Donors Deliver on Aid Commitments or Buckle?

It is that time of the year again when reports about how well donors have performed in meeting their aid commitments are released. This year is unique because of the devastating effects of the global financial crisis. What is on everyone’s mind is: will donors sustain their commitments or will they buckle under the heavy weight of the global financial crisis?

SABC Interim Board Examining Finances

The newly appointed South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) interim board is examining the costs of each of the beleaguered broadcaster's departments "line by line", chairperson Irene Charnley said on Tuesday.

"We need to stabilise the SABC at all levels. The situation is not normal. Financially the organisation is in dire straits."

The SABC reported a financial loss of R839-million for the 2008/09 financial year. The broadcaster had asked the government for a R2-billion bailout.

World Bank Warning on Recession

The World Bank has delivered both a stern warning on the impact of the recession for Africa and a sunny outlook for income and economic growth if actionable steps are taken now.

Chief economist and senior vice-president of the World Bank, Justin Lin who introduced the World Development Report entitled 'Reshaping Economic Geography', said research shows that if infrastructure in Africa can reach just the level achieved by Mauritius, then two percentage points can be added to per capita income.

Zim Economy Shows Signs of Recovery – IMF

Improved economic policies in Zimbabwe have led to a "nascent" recovery in the economy. This is according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The IMF, however, is of the view that the country must clear more than US$1.1 billion in arrears to creditors before it can qualify for IMF financial aid.

IMF mission chief to Zimbabwe, Vitaliy Kramarenko, noted that Zimbabwe will need to pay its arrears to the IMF, World Bank and African Development Bank, in order to get help from the donors.

More Aid for Zimbabwe - Nkoana-Mashabane

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has urged for an increase in assistance for Zimbabwe so that the country can reconstruct itself.

Nkoana-Mashabane says South Africa is committed to developing normal diplomatic relations with Zimbabwe.“We shall continue to work with the people of Zimbabwe for the full implementation of the Global Political Agreement," she says.

Economic recession need not discourage donations

Comments have been made recently regarding the current global economic recession and its possible effects on non-profit organisations (NPOs). Economists urge organisations to look to corporate funding to bridge the economic slump that may lie ahead, while those already relying on this funding have been advised to brace themselves for a reduction in funds over the next two years.


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