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.
The People First Foundation will host a Donor Engagement Forum on 3 August 2012 in Cape Town.
The aim of the forum is to
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.
The 6th Annual SANGONeT “ICTs for Civil Society” Conference (#SANGO10) will be held in three parts from 1-6 September 2010.
Following the success of the previous five SANGONeT annual events, the 2010 conference will focus on “Fundraising in the Digital World”.
This past year has been a tough one for all in South Africa but we have survived albeit battered and bruised. The 2010 Soccer World Cup is only a few months away and there are signs that the economy is picking up and a positive spirit is responding to this stimulus.
CSI will stay flat
1. The Political Environment
1.1. Grace before the meal
The very essence of “politics” is the human intercourse about how we are governed, where we are going, what our context is, where we find ourselves among broader humanity, and the essential and ever-changing debate about how best to divvy up limited resources.
South African NGOs are currently facing a crisis of financial sustainability. The combined result of diminishing international funding, ineffective delivery by state funding institutions, and the current economic recession, has placed many organisations in financial crisis.
What better time than now for NGOs and the institutions that support their work to be thinking together about more sustainable financial models.