Governance and democracy

African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Programme

The African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Programme commemorates late Nelson Mandela’s commitment to social justice and equity by supporting young African professionals to become leaders in public policy and administration.

The ALT Scholarship Programme will grant scholarships to young African women and men to pursue a Master’s degree in public administration, public policy or public finance in Canada.

Youth Dialogue

Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) was formed in 2009, conforming to the provisions of African Youth Charter, which was adopted by the African Union. The Charter defines African youth as people between the ages of 15 and 35. Membership to OAYouth is open to individuals and youth organisations, that are working to empower youth on any issues.

Third Justice Symposium

The Helen Suzman Foundation, in association with the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, is hosting the ‘Third Justice Symposium: The Appointment and Accountability of Judges’ on 16 May 2012 in Johannesburg.

Sir Jeffrey Jowell of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law will deliver the keynote address.

Former Chief Justice Pius Langa and legal commentator, Carmel Rickard, will respond.

Time: 18h00

RSVP: Tim Kenny, E-mail: tim@hsf.org.za

Small Victory for Communities that May be Affected by Mining

The Bench Marks Foundation welcomes the recent judgment by the Constitutional Court on the ruling that permission is required from provinces prior to the commencement of mining by those who have obtained mining rights.

This precedent-setting judgment is a step in the right direction toward safe-guarding the rights of communities that may be affected by imminent mining, according to John Capel, executive director of the Bench Marks Foundation.

Restrictions on NGOs Undermining Human Rights – UNHCR

The United Nations (UN) says that recent moves in a number of countries to limit the freedom of NGOs are seriously undermining human rights.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, urges governments to revise proposed laws that would restrict their capacity to operate independently and effectively.

“Civil society - including NGOs, trade unions, human rights defenders, academics, journalists, bloggers and others – plays an absolutely crucial role in ensuring that human rights are protected in individual states,” explains Pillay.

NGO Tackles Rising Child Labour

A Zimbabwean NGO is working with local communities to eradicate rising child labour in the country, managing through a recent pilot project to remove some 350 children from the fields back into the classroom.

In an effort to promote what it calls child labour free zones, the Coalition Against Child Labour in Zimbabwe, says it has placed affected children in ‘bridge schools’ where they are housed temporarily.

New Code of Governance for Non-profits in South Africa - Please Comment

A proposed code of governance for non-profit organisations (NPOs) in South Africa has been released for public comment. The draft Independent Code of Good Governance for Non-Profit Organisations in South Africa aims to encourage best governance practice and was initiated by a group of NPOs at a Civil Society Consultative Forum meeting held in August 2010.

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