The development of technology solutions and services in support of the work of NGOs is a rapidly expanding international field of operation. This is particularly the case for social media and web-based applications.
The DigiActive Guide to Twitter for Activism provides a wealth of information on Twitter activism. The guide begins with an introduction to the platform and its terminology and then lays out five uses of Twitter for activists, each illustrated by a case study. It then presents a step-by-step strategy for using Twitter for political and social change along with a list of do’s and don’ts for campaigners. It ends with additional resources for Twitterers, such as applications that help you use Twitter, further reading, and even alternatives to Twitter.
Skype, the Internet telephone unit of eBay Inc, is planning to launch a service for iPhone and BlackBerry users in May as part of its effort to expand beyond desktop computers.
Skype Chief Operating Officer, Scott Durchslag, has high hopes for the application's success on Apple Inc's popular iPhone as he expects Skype's most feature-rich mobile offering to appeal to new and existing customers.
"The No 1 request we get from customers is to make Skype available on iPhone. There's a pent-up demand," Durchslag says.
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.
Taking part in the recent SANGONeT NGO Engagement on 12 March 2009 in Cape Town, was both challenging and rewarding. The event introduced representatives from various NGOs to the various web 2.0 features on the new-look NGO Pulse portal.
This interactive event focused on how online spaces can help nonprofits to communicate, share ideas, resources as well as building relationships online.
The Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC) is a physical and virtual resource centre that "facilitates the collection, connection and dissemination of information and resources relating to gender, media and diversity". SANGONeT is a member of the GMDC's advisory group.
Internet fundraising in support of the NGO sector in South Africa is gaining momentum.
We are pleased to announce the launch of NGO Pulse, the new South African NGO Internet Portal. NGO Pulse represents an important milestone in the consolidation of SANGONeT’s online content services, the strategic alignment of SANGONeT’s programme activities, as well as the introduction of SANGONeT’s new corporate identity.
First introduced on 24 October 2005 as the SANGONeT South African NGO Portal, it has attracted more than 500 000 visitors in the past three years, providing NGOs with a strategic platform to communicate with each other and share information.