NGOs

Oxfam Speak Out on the War in the DRC

The British arm of Oxfam says hundreds of thousands of civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are still displaced and suffering abuse and hunger as a result of an operation targeting Hutu militia.

The organisation says that there had been reports of reprisal attacks on civilians, insecurity and widespread looting.

Head of Oxfam in the DRC, Marcel Stoessel, points out that, “Homes and shops are being looted and ransacked, women and girls are being raped, and civilians are being forced to flee, many for the third or fourth time.”

TAC Disrupts AIDS Conference

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has disrupted the fourth South African AIDS Conference in Durban.

"We are not happy with what is happening in this conference. Besides the fact that the conference is too academic, our voices as people living with AIDS are not heard," argued Victor Lakey from the TAC.

He says: "What is happening is that the same old declarations are rehashed and nothing gets done after these conferences have been held."

Inyathelo: Global economic crisis impacts foundations and donors

South African non-profit organisations (NPOs) need to start working on becoming more sustainable and re-think the way they operate as the global recession begins to bite, according to NPO funding expert, Vincent McGee, senior advisor to The Atlantic Philanthropies.

Speaking at a function in Cape Town yesterday, attended by a cross-section of organisations from the NPO, philanthropy and CSI sectors convened at Inyathelo - The South African Institute of Advancement, McGee said that the resources available to NPOs and other organisations has decreased substantially.

Sudan Urged to Reconsider Decision on Aid Groups

The United Nations (UN) Security Council has appealed to Sudan to reconsider a decision to expel some aid groups in Darfur after an international court issued an arrest warrant for the country's leader.

In a press statement, council  members stressed the importance of continuing the distribution of humanitarian assistance to the needy in Darfur.

They urged Sudan's government to continue cooperating with the UN and humanitarian organisations and appealed to it to reconsider the decision to suspend the activities of some NGOs in that country.

Defection Tactic May Backfire – Friedman

The University of Johannesburg’s Centre for the Study of Democracy has warned that while members are being passed back and forth among parties and paraded as spoils, this tactic may backfire in terms of its impact on the voter.

The Centre's director, Steven Friedman cautions: "Why make a big deal out of it? I think the danger is that it makes voters cynical about politicians, leaving them [the voter] thinking they [the politicians] are looking out for their own interests."

Defection Tactic May Backfire – Friedman

The University of Johannesburg’s Centre for the Study of Democracy has warned that while members are being passed back and forth among parties and paraded as spoils, this tactic may backfire in terms of its impact on the voter.

The director for the centre, Steven Friedman cautions that, "Why make a big deal out of it? I think the danger is that it makes voters cynical about politicians, leaving them [the voter] thinking they [the politicians] are looking out for their own interests."

Support for Hogan’s Stance on the Dalai Lama

The Helen Suzman Foundation has expressed its support for Health Minister Barbara Hogan’s “principled stance” on the Dalai Lama.

In a press statement, the foundation points out that, “The notion of a minister having a different view from Cabinet on a matter is not unprecedented nor is it unacceptable for that opinion to be voiced publicly.”

“Any censure or other steps that may be taken against Hogan will be deeply unfortunate,” says the foundation.

NGO Pulse: A Tool for Civil Society

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

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.

SJC Wants SAHRC to Join Shaik Parole Court Bid

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.

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