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NGO to Promote Women Sports in Rwanda

A United Kingdom-based NGO, Care, in partnership with Nike, are set to join forces for women empowerment through sports.

Care global ambassador, Sheila Johnson, points out that the initiative is aimed at developing a sporting culture that enables and values the full involvement of women in every aspect of sport.

"We will offer support technically and funding to Rwandan women who engage in sports because their commitment to sports will build communication skills," explains Johnson.

NGOs and the Global Financial Crisis

The global financial crisis impacts on all NGOs - big and small, urban and rural, local and international.

For some NGOs the impact is immediate, for others the real impact will only be known in months to come.

The crisis is once again highlighting the need for NGOs to review their funding and sustainability models.

The following articles capture the views and opinions expressed by various local and international commentators in recent weeks about the impact of the crisis on NGOs in South Africa and other parts of the world:

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NGOs Denied Access to Areas in Zimbabwe

Humanitarian organisations are accusing the Zimbabwean government and war veterans of denying them access to some parts of the country to distribute food aid.

The National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO) says the situation has made it difficult for organisations to provide humanitarian relief and to control hunger stalking the nation.

Development, Social Justice, and Civil Society

'Development, Social Justice, and Civil Society: An Introduction to the Political Economy of NGOs' is an introduction to the political economy of NGOs. Published by the World Association of Non-Governmental Organisation (WANGO), the book reviews the historical evolution that has led to the mainstreaming of NGOs and in some cases, to corruption, graft, and deviation from their founding principles, and also describes the challenges that NGOs face in less developed countries.

The African Peer Review Mechanism: Lessons from the Pioneers

The “African Peer Review Mechanism: Lessons from the Pioneers” is an innovative approach to improving African governance. Produced by the South African Institute for International Affairs, the book offers important opportunities for public dialogue. An invaluable resource for civil society and governments, this volume includes an interactive APRM Toolkit CD-ROM with the official APRM guidelines, final country reports, survey instruments, academic papers, video testimonials and a comprehensive collection of the governance codes and standards embraced by the APRM.

The African Peer Review Mechanism: Lessons from the Pioneers

The “African Peer Review Mechanism: Lessons from the Pioneers” is an innovative approach to improving African governance. Produced by the South African Institute for International Affairs, the book offers important opportunities for public dialogue. An invaluable resource for civil society and governments, this volume includes an interactive APRM Toolkit CD-ROM with the official APRM guidelines, final country reports, survey instruments, academic papers, video testimonials and a comprehensive collection of the governance codes and standards embraced by the APRM.

Chinese Ambassador Urges NGOs to Continue Good Work

The Chinese ambassador to Botswana has warned NGOs in the country to desist from acting like government organs.

Ding Xiaowen reminded NGOs that they are representatives of thousands of people from all walks of life. 

Ding says NGOs should act as a messenger between the government and the people to promote mutual understanding and social responsibility. He stressed that NGOs should be "a partner, a supporter, and a promoter" when in agreement with government on certain issues.

The Funding Site

The Funding Site is South Africa's premier site dedicated to serving Non Profit Organisations in the broadest possible way. The site is aimed at assisting development professionals, donors and NGOs within the South African development sector. It also provides weekly update and the very latest information on request for proposals, jobs, and training opportunities. In addition, the site also provides links to a donor database, nonprofit register and nonprofit resources.

SABC annual report raises more questions than it answers

After months of media reports about crises at the SABC and stories detailing feuds between the Board (or sections of it) and senior management (or certain members of the executive), media activists eagerly awaited the release of the public broadcaster’s annual report and financial statements. We wanted to see if the Corporation’s claims that the public has no need to worry are indeed true.

The report, released on 10 October 2008, certainly does not alleviate concerns about the health of our public broadcaster. Rather it raises even more alarm bells.

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