• BackaBuddy

    SANGONeT and EasiGiving are proud to announce a partnership in support of BackaBuddy, an online fundraising website which combines the power of sport and the reach of the Internet in support of NGOs in South Africa.

    Launched by EasiGiving in early 2008, BackaBuddy provides intuitive and accessible online fundraising functionality to help anyone with a cause or NGO they care about to raise funds through sponsorship.

    Essentially, it is a community platform which enables people (“Charity Champions”) who are participating in sporting or other events to link their efforts to raising sponsorship for their favourite charities and NGOs.

    The website provides a simple, local solution to donating and raising money for deserving causes. No matter where they are in the world, South Africans can ensure that their charitable giving goes straight to helping the needy back home. What’s more, they can support their friends who are taking part in sporting, commemorative or corporate events in South Africa by sponsoring their endeavours, so it’s a win-win - charities and NGOs benefit and their friends have the satisfaction of knowing their efforts have been recognised!

    According to Sue Peiser, a Director of EasiGiving: “In the first three weeks of operation, BackaBuddy collected over R60 000 on behalf of CHOC, through the wonderful efforts of just four riders in the 2008 Cape Argus and Cape Epic events! Not only is it effective, but it is also a fun way of raising funds as you can see from some of the comments posted on the website.”

    Any NGO seeking to participate in this unique fundraising system is now welcome to apply for a free listing (I am a Charity) on BackaBuddy. Once registered, a charity or NGO can communicate its status to a broad audience, encouraging potential “Charity Champions” to participate in fundraising events such as running, cycling, swimming or even something as simple as a shave-athon! The Charity Champion creates a free page on BackaBuddy, and e-mails the information to a wide range of potential supporters - nominating a specific charity or NGO as the beneficiary. They can then make their contributions by credit or debit card - quickly, simply and securely. View a Charity Champion’s page.

    Looking ahead, BackaBuddy has been officially appointed as a charity collection and credit card payment portal for the Discovery 702 Walk The Talk, the biggest walking event in Africa. The event is due to take place on Sunday, 27 July 2008, and will attract over 30 000 walkers. Refer to the BackaBuddy site for information about how to support a charity or NGO through participation in this event.

    David Barnard, Executive Director of SANGONeT says: “We are very excited about our involvement in this project as it provides us with an opportunity to promote the strategic benefits of the Internet to NGOs in South Africa. In addition, SANGONeT will provide potential donors with detailed information, through our Prodder NGO Directory, about the NGOs profiled for support on BackaBuddy.”

    Organisations listed in Prodder will be encouraged to sign-up for BackaBuddy. When an organisation has signed up on the BackaBuddy site, and is already listed in Prodder, a BackaBuddy logo will be added to its Prodder page. Where an organisation has opted in to BackaBuddy from Prodder, there will be a Prodder logo on each organisation’s record (web page) with the words ‘View this Organisation’s Prodder entry’.

    SANGONeT will also actively use its various electronic media and information services (NGO Pulse, Lwati, SN-Anounce and the SANGONeT NGO Portal) and events (Annual SANGONeT Conference, Thetha ICT Discussion Forums, NGO CEO Circle and NGO CEO Summit) to promote BackaBuddy in support of the NGO sector in South Africa.

    EasiGiving and SANGONeT welcome feedback and suggestions about how to enhance the website, and would be thrilled if potential Charity Champions would open their own (free) pages on BackaBuddy and start fundraising for their favourite causes and NGOs!

    For more information about BackaBuddy, please contact:

    Sue Peiser or Allan Beuthin
    Tel: (011) 788-0046

    David Barnard or Matthew de Gale
    Tel: (011) 403-4935

    David Barnard
    Sue Peiser
  • The Solutions Site for Kids

    The Solutions Site for Kids is a website that provides young people tools, puzzles, games, and contests to help young people learn about the important work presented in the main Solutions Site. Created by the Horizon International, the Solutions Site for Kids includes some case studies from the main page, which have been adapted to be used by students and teachers. In addition, this site is a place to learn about solutions around the world that have been discovered by youth. Youth are invited to submit solutions as well.

    To view the Solutions Site for Kids, click here.

  • Minds on Fire

    Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0 is a very extensive article that compares Online education resources to in-person learning programmes, compares different approaches to learning in it's various forms, and provides some intriquing insights about where the filed of open resources is headed.

    To read the full article, click here.

  • Learning about Action Learning: Database of Selected Initiatives

    Learning about action learning: database of selected initiatives is a database that contains a collection of project profiles that were reviewed for the learning about action-learning research project. Each profile is based on a case study, and has been structured to enable comparison across the different case studies. The profiles also draw out different approaches being used for reflective learning, which are not unique and have been adapted to suit the contexts they are working in.

    For more information, click here (PDF File).
  • Putting a Positive Spin on HIV/AIDS: PreventAIDS South Africa

    PreventAIDS South Africa (SA) is a media project that was established in 1999 to help lessen the public's stigmatisation of people living with HIV/AIDS and to raise money for children and orphans affected by HIV/AIDS. The project achieves its vision by pairing the photographs of famous South Africans with people living with AIDS in an effort to personalise the disease, offer solidarity and hope, and decrease the stigmatisation. The project has been conceptualised as a low budget high output scheme that achieves its objectives by co-operating with other organisations working in the HIV/AIDS field.

    Establish Alliances with organisations that have funds, services and skills to offer

    In order to achieve its objective, PreventAIDS has engaged in four alliances against HIV/AIDS: photographic, advertising, media and e-commerce. For alliance partners, PreventAIDS primarily targets other initiatives and organisations working in the field of HIV/AIDS care and support.

    PreventAIDS’ objectives are closely tied into those of other organisations working in the HIV/AIDS field. Thus, there are no permanent staff working on the project. Staff from partner organisations integrate the project’s activities into their routine, carrying out all activities.

    For example, The National Association for People Living with HIV and AIDS South Africa (NAPWA) administers the funding being received towards the project’s approximately five hundred thousand Rand budget. Soul City, which has gained prominence for effectively utilising the media as a medium to educate people about development issues has assumed the responsibility for PreventAIDS’ media outcomes based research.

    PreventAIDS is securing its budget through grants from individuals, businesses, foundations and government. Nevertheless, the project is also counting on anticipated proceeds from other innovative resource mobilisation strategies outlined below.

    Get free media space

    PreventAIDS aims to have their public service announcements seen by a wide audience for minimal cost. Thus, their strategy is to target media companies with a philanthropic arm and get them to commit to donating space for the printing of PreventAIDS photos and accompanying text. They also seek to have them commit to a certain number of free spaces over time.

    Tag onto existing advertising on popular products

    PreventAIDS is taking advantage of advertising opportunities available in the marketing of conventional consumer goods so that consumers will see their messages on the every day products they use. The project’s objective is to have its messages appear in a twelve per cent reserved voluntary advertisement space on more than 20 per cent of print advertisements, labeling and packaging materials. In other words, companies will be asked to dedicate 12 per cent of their advertising space to an HIV/AIDS message. Billboards, soft drinks and beer bottles are examples of some of the outdoor advertising and consumer goods identified. These messages are especially targeted at rural Africa and Asia.

    Generate funds through e-commerce

    PreventAIDS aims to generate a substantial amount of finance through e-commerce by entering into partnerships with for-profit e-commerce companies. At the time of each e-commerce purchase, the consumer will be offered the option of a click-on fractional percentage donation box. The Global Business Council Against HIV and AIDS has offered to help promote this service to the Vice President’s and Chief Executive Officers of e-commerce companies. Companies will be asked to place a box and message on their e-commerce sites after achieving consensus with PreventAIDS with respect to the wording, fractional percentage, time frame, auditing and routing of finances. These funds will be directed to the International Aids Fund.


    Approximately twenty people from at least a dozen organisations are working on the preventAIDS project at various levels, mostly on a pro bono basis. To name but a few examples of support generated through its alliances, NAPWA is hosting the project’s public relations working group in its offices. The Positive Women’s Network SA is co-ordinating photographs from its members. Microsoft South Africa is providing IT referrals. In addition, the project has also secured the photographs of many respected luminaries including Desmond Tutu whose photograph was run in the first media poster and the honourable Graca Machel, proposed for the second poster. The first media poster has already appeared twice on the pages of the Independent Group’s newspapers in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban Cape Town and Kimberly.

    Cornelias Ncube
    Fazila Farouk
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