African civil society organisations have expressed concern about the terms of China’s increasing activities on the African continent.
An agricultural economist in Zambia and chairperson of the Zambian Civil Society Trade Network, Stephen Muyakwa, agrees that international finance is needed for development and it should not matter where it comes from. However, he warns that there are some problems with the Chinese loans and development aid.
The donors, who have been treating the country as a special case due to its war-torn past, have now decided not to increase the budget support to the country for 2011.
They are apparently disappointment over governance, lack of commitment to fight corruption and the exclusion of parties at last year's elections.
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), as part of its Network of Networks project for a free and open internet, is conducting a survey into the information communication technology (ICT) for social change funding landscape.
The organisation says the survey is aimed at tracking the shifts in funding and and making recommendations on collective advocacy with donors on funding.
The APC says the survey will also examine the possibilities for creating an annual civil society summit on ICT public policy.
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”.
Welfare organisations and the Free State provincial government are preparing for a court battle this week that will be eagerly watched by NGOs across the country, according to a Volksblad report.
The organisations, represented by Jeremy Gauntlett SC, are demanding more government financial support in the Free State High Court.
Several people in the care of the organisations are allegedly cared for on behalf of the state, but the organisations claim it is impossible to provide basic food on the allowances paid by the government.
In the past few months earthquakes in Haiti and Chile have caused unprecedented devastation and suffering to the two countries and their people.
A group of non-profit organisations, viz. Inyathelo - The South African Institute for Advancement , Rural Education Access Programme (REAP), Social Change Assistance Trust (SCAT) and Community Development Resource Association (CDRA), have formed a partnership to research funding practices in South Africa starting with the National Development Agency (NDA) and the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF). The group have contracted a research team from Advocacy Research and Training consultancy to conduct this research.
Background to the Making CSI Matter Conference
Building on the success of Trialogue’s last two annual Making CSI Matter conferences, Trialogue is delighted to announce that we will be convening a third event on Tuesday, 4th and Wednesday, 5th May 2010 with the Mail & Guardian as the official media partner.