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New Publication on the Sustainability of South African Civil Society

South Africa’s civil society sector, variously known as the nonprofit (NPO) or non-governmental organisation (NGO) sector, plays a vital and often unacknowledged developmental role. In spite of an enlightened Constitution, discrimination and inequity still abound in South Africa. Women, children, people of colour, indigenous peoples, migrants, gay and lesbian groups, and people living with HIV/AIDS, are among particularly vulnerable groups.

Donor Engagement Forum


The People First Foundation will host a Donor Engagement Forum on 3 August 2012 in Cape Town.

The aim of the forum is to create a mutual space for non-profit leaders and donors to engage as equals around the issue of alternative funding strategies and donor practices in a time of finanicial crisis.

Background:

NLB Extends Call for Input into Funding Criteria

The recent call by the National Lotteries Board (NLB) for stakeholder input to assist in identifying the focus areas for National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) funding has been positively received by major roleplayers. The input from stakeholders is streaming in steadily and the NLB has decided to extend the period for input to 22 May 2012 so that more roleplayers, especially those in outlying areas, can also use the opportunity to make valuable input.

Rich Nations Urged to Do More to Fight Poverty

Nobel Laureate and chairperson of the Brooks World Poverty Institute, Joseph Stiglitz, says international trade will only help fight global poverty if rich countries turn their rhetoric into action.

Speaking at the Global Poverty Summit in Johannesburg, Stiglitz pointed out that, “It is time to bring the talks to a close. Successfully doing so requires courage and sacrifice by the rich countries.”

EU Grants Côte d'Ivoire €5m Emergency Humanitarian Aid

The European Union (EU) is to release an emergency humanitarian aid of €5 million for those threatened by the post-election crisis Côte d'Ivoire.

In a press statement, European commissioner in charge of international aid, Chritina Georgieva, points out that, “Our duty is to work out emergency plans and as soon as possible give humanitarian aid to the victims.”

Georgieva says the post-electoral troubles Côte d'Ivoire had displaced mass populations of 11 000 people to Ghana, Liberia and Guinea-Conakry.

SA Philanthropists Motivated by ‘Ubuntu’ – Report

Wealthy South Africans are among the world’s most generous philanthropists, motivated by a sense of ‘ubuntu’ and the fact that the country is one of the world’s most unequal societies, according to an ABSA report.

‘Global Giving: The Culture of Philanthropy’
notes that the country is the second-most charitable country, behind the United States.

Giving Forward: The New Philanthropic Way to Give Back

This week I had the opportunity to attend a conference in South Africa along with other leaders from the government, social and private sector to think about the role of philanthropy in addressing social challenges. Reflecting on what we shared and discussed, I realise that for me, philanthropy is not simply a means of 'giving back', but more importantly a means of "giving forward."

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