social movements

AWDF Small Grants Programme

The African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) is calling for proposals for its Small Grants Programme (SGP) to support small, community / rural based grassroots women's groups, which would otherwise not be able to access AWDF'S main funding programme. The SGP also supports emerging or emergency issues, i.e. community disasters, activities that require a rapid response, etc.

The European Social Model: Which Benefits for South Africa and Africa

The French Institute of South Africa, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) are hosting a one-day conference entitled "The European Social Model: Which Benefits for South Africa and Africa".

Initiated through a French-German partnership the conference is aimed at fostering open debates on future perspectives of the European socio-economic development and its benefits for South Africa and Africa.

The three panels of the conference are

Lessons for Aid Effectiveness from Poverty Hearings

Over the past two months, the African Monitor, working with Black Sash, CIVICUS, Hope Africa, South African Human Rights Commission, COSATU, Southern African Trust, South African Council of Churches, SANGOCO, Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute and IDASA,  has held Poverty Hearings in across South Africa. These gatherings have provided people from all walks of life the opportunity to talk about their experiences of poverty.

Centre for Civil Society to Close: Register Your Objection to UKZN Decision

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has announced the closure of the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) as of 31 December 2008.

According to CCS Director, Prof Patrick Bond, he and his staff were summoned to a meeting on 30 July 2008 and advised the centre was being permanently closed at the end of the year. All CCS staff contracts, besides Bond's, would be terminated, with CCS’s "good" projects moved to the School for Development Studies at UKZN.

Fighting to Remain in Gauteng: Community Rights vs Citizens Rights

More than 5 000 residents from Khutsong Township in the Merafong Municipality marched to the African National Congress (ANC) headquarters, Luthuli House, on 6 June 2008, to protest against government’s plan to incorporate them into the North West province.

Marching under the umbrella of the Merafong Demarcation Forum (MDF), the protesters asked the new ANC leadership to intervene in their fight against being incorporated into the North West.

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