A key finding of the 2007 ‘State of ICTs in the South African NGO Sector’ study was that the information and communication technology (ICT) investment of NGOs has been geared primarily towards the administrative running of organisations, rather than to achieving their goals and objectives. As a result, the great potential of ICTs to strengthen and support programmes remained largely untapped by the majority of NGOs.
The Barefoot Guide is a free and practical, do-it-yourself guide for leaders and facilitators wanting to help organisations to function and to develop in more healthy, human and effective ways as they strive to make their contributions to a more humane society. This guide, with its supporting website, includes tried and tested concepts, approaches, stories and activities.
The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) wants the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to join its court bid for a review of how Schabir Shaik was released on medical parole.
The coalition says it wrote to Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour almost two weeks ago and asked him to institute a high court review of the grounds on which Shaik was released.
They also want an independent panel of medical experts nominated by the SAHRC and the Judicial Inspectorate of Prisons to examine Shaik and submit reports to the court.
18 March 2009
Reporters Without Borders has learned that writer and journalist Abou Abbass Ould Brahim, the editor of the news website Taqadoumy, was released today after being held for three days in the Mauritanian capital and that the website was allowed to reopen 24 hours after the Nouakchott prosecutor's office ordered its closure.
NGOs are feeling the pinch as the country teeters on the brink of a recession. This is according to the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT),
SANGONeT executive director, David Barnard, points out that some NGOs will have to close many of their branches especially in poor communities, if they do not receive substantial funding in the next few months.
The United Nations (UN) and several members of its security council have urged Sudan to reverse its decision to expel 13 foreign aid groups; the country says it will never back down.
United States Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, told the 15-nation Security Council that, “We urge the international community to press the government of Sudan to reverse its expulsion edict and to ensure it does nothing to worsen an already grave situation."
Taking part in the recent SANGONeT NGO Engagement on 12 March 2009 in Cape Town, was both challenging and rewarding. The event introduced representatives from various NGOs to the various web 2.0 features on the new-look NGO Pulse portal.
This interactive event focused on how online spaces can help nonprofits to communicate, share ideas, resources as well as building relationships online.
Registering as a Public Benefit Organisation (“PBO”) with the South African Revenue Service (“SARS”) in terms of section 10(1)(cN), requires that an organisation complies with a number of initial administrative requirements in terms of section 30 of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 (“the Act”). Further, compliance procedures are prescribed in the Act which has to be adhered to in order for an income tax exempt organisation to retain its exempt status.
A land rights group, the Right to Agrarian Reform for Food Sovereignty Campaign, has rejected Land Affairs Minister Lulu Xingwana's "use it or lose it" hard line on land redistribution.
In a press statement, the organisation demands an immediate halt to the process of taking land away from historically disadvantaged farmers.
According to a United Nations’ (UN) top humanitarian official, the UN and the Sudanese government do not have the capacity to fill all the gaps left by NGOs asked to stop working in Sudan.
"We do not, as the UN system, the NGOs do not ... and the [Sudanese] government does not have the capacity to replace all the activities that have been going on, certainly not on any short- or medium-term basis," says John Holmes.