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  • Global Cloud Technology Survey – Announcing the Results!

    In February and March 2012, TechSoup Global and its global network of partner organisations, including SANGONeT via the SANGOTeCH Technology Donation Programme, conducted a survey of NGOs around the world to better understand current cloud computing usage and future plans for cloud computing adoption.

    The survey garnered more than 10 500 respondents from 88 countries.

    The results are in.

    SANGOTeCH is pleased to add this information to our ever-evolving resources for NPOs, charities, foundations, and the stakeholders who support them.

    SANGOTeCH has published a paper with the key findings of the survey in the hope that the information will enable NPOs to make informed IT decisions.

    We encourage you to review the findings, learn about the current state of cloud computing in NPOs around the world, and find out how your organisation stacks up.

    By better understanding the technological tools that NPOs currently use, as well as their future plans and requirements, SANGOTeCH can work with its partner organisations to provide NPOs with the resources they need to operate at their full potential.

    To read the full report, refer to www.sangotech.org/global-cloud-computing-study.

    More about SANGOTeCH:

    The SANGOTeCH online technology donation portal is a joint initiative between SANGONeT and TechSoup Global. Launched in South Africa in December 2006, it assists NGOs by providing software and hardware for very low or discounted fees in conjunction with ICT donor partners (e.g. Microsoft, SAP, Symantec, etc.), as well as by supporting NGOs to maximise their ICT purchases and infrastructure. Since inception, this initiative has resulted in savings of more than R120 million for the NGO sector in South Africa.

    SANGONeT has already expanded SANGOTeCH to Botswana and Kenya, with the aim of covering the whole Southern African region by 2013.

  • Southern African Internet Governance Forum - Call for Expression of Interest

    The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) and Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) will convene a Southern African Internet Governance Forum (SAIGF) from 1-3 September 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was established in 2006 as a direct result of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Phase II, held from 16-18 November 2005 in Tunis, Tunisia. The World Summit recognised the importance and benefits of “enhanced cooperation” in harnessing the powers of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for socio-economic development at all levels - global, regional, national and local. 

    The mandate of the IGF is not to be a decision-making body, but to offer a valuable space for dialogue for all those who have an important role and responsibility in the development of the Information Society to discuss Internet governance issues, and allows participants to share practical experiences from different perspectives. It is a multi-stakeholder mechanism which includes Governments, international organisations, the private sector, civil society, academics, the technical community, and others with a view to encouraging policy dialogue.

    The original mandate of the IGF was from 2006-2010 during which five IGFs were held in various countries. A renewed mandate has been provided for 2011-2015, and from 27-30 September 2011 Kenya will host the sixth IGF and first under the new mandate.

    The aims of the SAIGF is to ensure that the views and voices of Southern Africa are represented at the 2011 IGF and to contribute to the establishment of a coordinated and coherent framework for dealing with Internet governance issues in Southern Africa. The SAIGF will identify, deliberate upon, and collate issues relating to the Internet, its governance and development in Southern Africa, and document suggested interventions for addressing such issues.

    If you are interested in attending the SAIGF, please complete the “Expression of Interest”.

    Participation is free of charge, but will be limited to 120 delegates.

    Limited funding for travel is available to support the participation of delegates, but preference will be given to those who can demonstrate commitment by meeting some of the cost.

    The deadline for submissions of "Expression of Interest" is Friday, 5 August 2011.

  • WSIS Forum 2011 unites governments with grassroots to re-energize the development agenda

    World leaders are gathering in Geneva this week to work on strategies to more effectively harness the power and reach of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals in crucial areas like health and education.

    Co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP, the World Summit on the Information Society (16-20 May) is the world’s largest annual gathering of the world’s ‘ICT for development’ community, including UN agencies, governments, civil society and ICT industry representatives.

    Guest speakers at this morning’s opening ceremony included Ministers and deputies from 17 countries, including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burundi, El Salvador, Finland, Gambia, Ghana, India, Mexico, Montenegro, Oman, Philippines, Poland, the Russian Federation, Serbia, and the United Arab Emirates.

    Delegates also heard interventions from ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun Touré; Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD; Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO; Janis Karklins, Deputy-Director of UNESCO; Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director-General, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the United Arab Emirates; John Davis, Vice-President, Intel Corporation and General Manager of Intel’s World Ahead Program, and Cyril Ritchie, President of the Conference on NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the UN (CoNGO).

    This year’s WSIS Forum also welcomes more than 70 Members of Parliament and many other senior government figures. Over 1,000 representatives from around 140 countries are expected to attend the week-long event.

    In his opening address, Dr Touré stressed the importance of broadband to national economic and social development. “I think we are all very much aware of how close we are to the 2015 deadline for meeting the WSIS targets and the Millennium Development Goals. We have made quite extraordinary progress in terms of connectivity, the creation of an enabling environment, and cybersecurity. The next major step must be to repeat the ‘mobile miracle’ for broadband Internet,” he said.

    The Forum will also serve as the venue for the UN Group on the Information Society’s first meeting of the open consultation process on the overall review of the implementation of the WSIS outcomes. Stakeholders will jointly brainstorm on the action plan for the Review Process (WSIS+10), to be held 10 years after the conclusion of the Summit, as recommended in the Tunis Agenda.

    In addition to reviewing progress towards the WSIS targets set for 2015, this year’s WSIS Forum will foster interactive debate and information exchange on a wide range of key topics such as rural development, multilingualism, environmental sustainability, education, healthcare and innovation.

    The opening ceremony was followed by a High Level session, Working Together Towards 2015. Ongoing High-level Dialogues throughout the course of the week include:
    • Right to Communication
    • Innovation for Digital Inclusion
    • ICTs to Enable Least Developed Countries
    • Building Confidence and Security in Cyberspace
    Alongside an exhibition component, the Forum offers participants a diverse range of meetings and activities, including Interactive WSIS Action Line Facilitators Meetings, Interactive Sessions, Country and Thematic Workshops and Knowledge Exchanges. Afternoon sessions each day will also feature the release of a number of new publications and briefings from participating organizations. The Forum programme also includes the Parliamentary Forum as well as meetings of the Internet Governance Forum.

    The WSIS agenda is the result of a comprehensive open consultation process involving all stakeholders. Spanning three phases, this year’s process welcomed 150 contributions from 50 countries.

    Remote participation is an integral component of the WSIS Forum 2011. Each session can be viewed remotely at: http://groups.itu.int/wsis-forum2011/Home.aspx.

    This year’s WSIS Forum 2011 programme has been greatly enhanced thanks to the strategic partnership and contribution of the United Arab Emirates. The Forum has also benefited from contributions of Oman for the series of workshops, and Mexico for Spanish interpretation.

    Videos, photos, live and archived webcasts, and transcripts of speeches can be found at the event Newsroom at www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/wsis/index.aspx , or on the main event website at http://groups.itu.int/wsis-forum2011/Home.aspx. Follow the event on Twitter at #WSIS.

    For more information, please contact:

    Sarah Parkes
    Chief, Media Relations & Public Information
    ITU
    Tel: +41 22 730 6135
    Mobile: +41 79 599 1439
    E-mail: sarah.parkes@itu.int

    Jaroslaw K. Ponder
    Strategy & Policy Advisor,
    ITU,
    Tel: +41 22 730 6065
    E-mail: jaroslaw.ponder@itu.int

    To view other NGO press releases, refer to www.ngopulse.org/group/home-page/pressreleases.

    Date published: 
    16/05/2011
    Organisation: 
    International Telecommunication Union
  • Social Media and Online Fundraising for NGOs - East London

    GivenGain and SANGONeT will be hosting a half-day workshop on "Social Media and Online Fundraising for NGOs" on Friday, 13  May 2011 (08h00-12h30), at the Premier Hotel Regent in East London.

    The following issues will be covered in an interactive session presented by specialists from both organisations:
    • Introduction to applications for various social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and Flickr);
    • Introduction to the GivenGain platform (website publishing, donation reporting, database management, e-communication and online fundraising);
    • Applications of the technologies and how to take these tools and turn them into value for your organisation (e.g fundraising campaigns, donor management, etc.).
    Programme:
    • 08h00 - 08h30: Arrival and coffee
    • 08h30 - 09h00: Introduction to Social Media
    • 09h00 - 10h00: Benefits of Social Media
    • 10h00 - 10h15: Q&A
    • 10h15 - 10h30: Refreshment Break
    • 10h30 - 11h30: Introduction to GivenGain
    • 11h30 - 12h15: Applications & Integration
    • 12h15 - 12h30: Q&A

    Participants are requested to bring the following with them:

    Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn more about social media and online fundraising tools and techniques.

    Participation is free of charge, but will be limited to two people per organisation.

    To register and confirm your participation, please forward your name, designation, organisation and e-mail address to Dipuo Mahanyele at SANGONeT on dipuo@sangonet.org.za by 12 May 2011.

    Enquiries:

    Jannie Smith, GivenGain, Tel: 021 882 9070E-mail: jannie@givengain.com or
    Nicolle Beeby, SANGONeT, Tel: 011 403 4935E-mail: nicolle@sangonet.org.za

    For a map and directions to the venue, click here.

    Event start date: 
    13/05/2011
    Event end date: 
    13/05/2011
    Event venue: 
    Premier Hotel Regent, 22 Esplanade, Beachfront, East London
    Event type: 
    Workshop
  • Social Media and Online Fundraising for NGOs - Durban

    GivenGain and SANGONeT will be hosting a half-day workshop on "Social Media and Online Fundraising for NGOs" on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 (08h00-12h30), at the Diakonia Centre in Durban.

    The following issues will be covered in an interactive session presented by specialists from both organisations:
    • Introduction to applications for various social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and Flickr);
    • Introduction to the GivenGain platform (website publishing, donation reporting, database management, e-communication and online fundraising);
    • Applications of the technologies and how to take these tools and turn them into value for your organisation (e.g fundraising campaigns, donor management, etc.).
    Programme:
    • 08h00 - 08h30: Arrival and coffee
    • 08h30 - 09h00: Introduction to Social Media
    • 09h00 - 10h00: Benefits of Social Media
    • 10h00 - 10h15: Q&A
    • 10h15 - 10h30: Refreshment Break
    • 10h30 - 11h30: Introduction to GivenGain
    • 11h30 - 12h15: Applications & Integration
    • 12h15 - 12h30: Q&A

    Participants are requested to bring the following with them:

    Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn more about social media and online fundraising tools and techniques.

    Participation is free of charge, but will be limited to two people per organisation.

    To register and confirm your participation, please forward your name, designation, organisation and e-mail address to Dipuo Mahanyele at SANGONeT on dipuo@sangonet.org.za by 10 May 2011.

    Enquiries:

    Jannie Smith, GivenGain, Tel: 021 882 9070, E-mail: jannie@givengain.com or
    Nicolle Beeby, SANGONeT, Tel: 011 403 4935, E-mail: nicolle@sangonet.org.za
     
    Event start date: 
    11/05/2011
    Event end date: 
    11/05/2011
    Event venue: 
    Diakonia Centre, 20 Diakonia Avenue, Durban
    Event type: 
    Workshop
  • SAIIA, Makerere University, Launch Africa Portal

    Makerere University and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), in partnership with with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), have launched the Africa Portal.

    Director of the Africa Initiative and principal of Makerere University’s College of Health Sciences, Nelson K. Sewankambo, states that important research and analysis from across the continent that was previously inaccessible, is now open and readily available to all Africans and other interested users.

    Africa Portal is an online knowledge resource offering researchers and opinion leaders a forum to share their insights on the continent and publish their work on pressing areas of concern to policymakers and the public.

    To read the article titled, “An online Africa Portal resource for researchers announced,” click here.
    Source: 
    ASNS News
  • Call for NGOs to Use Google Analytics

    NGOs have been urged to use Google Analytics to find about how their users found them and how they interact with their sites.

    CEO of Hart Philanthropic Group (tedhart.com) and P2PFundraising, and Founder and CEO at GreenNonprofits.org, Ted Hart, says NGOs should among others, request their subscribers to visit their websites to download free content or receive other branded material, to drive traffic to their sites.

    Speaking in Johannesburg during the first leg of SANGONeT’s 6th Annual ‘ICTs for Civil Society’ Conference, Hart also encouraged NGOs to incorporate blog technology as a way to update their websites.

    For those of you not able to attend the Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town events, visit our live blogs to follow updates of the conference sessions as they unfold.
    Source: 
    SANGONeT
  • NGOs Urged to ‘Inspire Action’

    Ted Hart, chief executive officer of Hart Philanthropic Group (tedhart.com) and P2PFundraising, and Founder and CEO at GreenNonprofits.org, is urging delegates attending day-two of the Johannesburg leg of the 2010 SANGONeT ‘ICTs for Civil Society’ Conference, to ‘stop fundraising and inspire action’.

    Hart calls on NGOs to design interactive websites that allow users to upload and exchange content.

    He is of the view that a website is an ‘asset’ to the organisation and should represents what the organisation stands for. He further maintains that the website’s navigation should tell the users about the priorities of the organisation and inspire them to take action. This action could be signing-up to an online newsletter, making an online donation, recruit volunteers, etc.

    For those of you not able to attend the Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town events, visit our live blogs to follow updates of the conference sessions as they unfold.
    Source: 
    SANGONeT
  • 2010 South African NGO Web Awards Announced

    The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) has announced the winners of the 2010 South African NGO Web Awards.

    Click here to view the full press release.
    Source: 
    SANGONeT
  • SANGONeT Announces Winners of 2010 South African NGO Web Awards

    The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 South African NGO Web Awards
    Press Release

    01 September 2010


    The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 South African NGO Web Awards.

    The winning organisations are:
    The winners were announced on 1 September 2010 in Johannesburg during the first leg of SANGONeT’s 6th Annual “ICTs for Civil Society” Conference.

    The three winners each received R10 000 worth of prizes sponsored by Torque IT.

    The overall objectives of the competition are to raise awareness amongst South African NGOs about the benefits of having an online presence, stimulate interest in the application of web solutions and applications, and showcase best practices in website creation and maintenance.

    In line with SANGONeT’s 2010 conference theme of “Fundraising in the Digital World”, the 2010 competition aimed to identify NGOs which excel in “Best Use of Websites for Online Fundraising”.

    "The entries received for the 2010 competition, and the quality of the three winning websites, reflect the growing importance of online tools such as websites to the fundraising and resource mobilisation efforts of NGOs in South Africa," says David Barnard, SANGONeT’s Executive Director.

    The following organisations were shortlisted for the 2010 South African NGO Web Awards:

    For more information:

    Nicolle Beeby
    Project Manager: NGO Pulse Solutions
    011 403 4935
    083 379 5551 
    nicolle@sangonet.org.za 

    David Barnard
    Executive Director
    011 403 4935
    082 870 8968
    info@sangonet.org.za

    Ends...
    Date published: 
    01/09/2010
    Organisation: 
    SANGONeT
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