Western Cape to Fund Fewer NGOs

The Department of Social Development in the Western Cape will fund fewer NGOs in the coming financial year.  This was announced by MEC Ivan Meyer.

Meyer says one-thousand-eight-hundred NGOs and NPOs have been audited to determine which of them have provided the best quality service to people in the province.

"Given that our current economic circumstances force us to do more with less, this government intends to empower the best NGO and NPO bodies to further improve and expand their services to the people of this province," says Meyer.

Ushahidi to Get US$1.4m Grant

Omidyar Network will give US$1.4 million over two and a half years to Ushahidi, for a so-called ‘crowdsourcing’ system in Kenya.

Ushahidi, which means ‘testimony’ in Swahili, plans to spend the money improving its open source system to collect and pass on citizen-generated information, particularly during a crisis.

Ushahidi was first developed as a web site tracking violence in Kenya after its election nearly two years ago. Developers plan to adapt the system for use by NGOs and others around the world to use in trouble spots.

Aid and Growth: Have We Come Full Circle?

Recent literature has been pessimistic to the ability of foreign aid to foster economic growth. Aid and Growth: Have We Come Full Circle attempts to provide a balanced assessment of the recent aid-growth literature. Produced by the World Institute for Development Economics Research, the paper observes that, while aid may have very high returns at times, there is an emerging consensus that expectations surrounding the average potency of aid have been too high.

Exceptional Philanthropy Award for Siyafunda CTC

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6 November 2009

SMILEY digitises Ekurhuleni, is nominated for award

Smiley, Ahmed Ismael received the 2009 Inyathelo Award for Exceptional Philanthropy at a gala dinner at the Westin Grand Arabella quays last night. Mr Ismael was one of 12 philanthropists awarded for their dedication and commitment to changing the lives of others for the better.

For as long as Ahmed Ismael from Alberton can remember, he’s felt the need to give back to his community.

CAF Southern Africa: Best-practice Model of Sustainable Social Investment

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.

Vodacom Donates Funds to a Limpopo Charity

Vodacom has donated R100 000 to the Waterberg Welfare Society towards uplifting the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS in Vaalwater, Limpopo.

Vodacom managing executive, Joe Dlamini, says the donation is part of the company’s celebrations of the Vodacom Foundation’s 10 years of existence.

In the same vein, July Letsebe, who is among people living with the disease, and who also works for the organisation, says he is hopeful the lives of people living with the disease will change for the better.

Review for Free State Nonprofit Funding Model

Most of Free State government’s contracts with NGOs are coming to an end due to a change in administration.

The Provincial Department of Social Welfare is using this opportunity to re-evaluate its funding model and to crack down on the prevalence of bogus organisations who are misappropriating tax-payers money.

The department met with NGOs and told them it wants to increase the number of beneficiaries of its NGO and NPO grants from its current estimate of 1 300. However, the make-up of who gets funding has to change.

Oxfam Berates World Bank, IMF

Oxfam International has criticised the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for celebrating three percent increase in the voting power for poor countries.

Oxfam's advocacy director, Bernice Romero, says the institutions are still far from being accountable to the people hit hardest by the global financial crisis.

Romero says that the G20 have mandated the IMF and the World Bank to tackle the economic crisis globally and for this response to be effective, adding that their decisions need to involve more than a handful of rich countries.

The New Development Economics

The purpose of this book is to re-examine major issues in contemporary development economics. Much is currently being made of the World Bank‘s apparent retreat from the neoliberal market economics of the Washington Consensus. New concepts and priorities like social capital and governance have been taken on board alongside the continuing pressures on developing countries for deregulation, privatisation, free trade and so on. But how much has really changed?

The Aid Triangle

'Making Aid Work' provides an innovative and constructive framework for producing more empowering and more effective aid. The authors explains how people take actions which strive to achieve identity, esteem, and empowerment and how aid efforts often present obstacles to this because they - ironically - symbolise challenges to what people strive for. 'Making Aid Work' elucidates how the psychology of political reality - at all levels of aid relationships - constitutes the gravitational field in which human dynamics try to orientate themselves.


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