Development

African Development Bank Board approves $4.8 million grant to accelerate African free trade

 

11 April 2019 

On 1 April 2019, the Board of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) approved an institutional support grant of $4.8 million to the African Union (AU) to accelerate the momentum of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA), which received its 22nd ratification on 2 April, bringing the agreement into force.

SA universities must lead Industry 4.0 curriculum

South Africa's higher learning institutions must up their game and increase the number of educational programmes that prepare students for the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) era.

So says Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) minister Naledi Pandor, noting that only 11 South African universities offer course modules in 4IR and related fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.

"If we intend to take full advantage of 4IR, all our universities and colleges should be offering such courses," she says.

SA DEVELOPS CODING, ROBOTICS CURRICULA FOR GRADE R-9

The South African government is developing curricula for coding and robotics for grades R to 9.

So said minister of basic education Angie Motshekga. "To create a sustainable industrialisation and keep pace with the world, South Africa is developing coding as well as robotics curricula to be included in GET [general education and training] from Grade R-9," said Motshekga.

She said the curricula will provide learners with an understanding of coding and robotics, and will develop their skills and competencies to prepare them for the fourth industrial revolution.

EU says 'no solution' yet to break Brexit deadlock

3 March 2019

The European Union said a solution to the Brexit deadlock remained elusive on Wednesday after the latest "difficult" talks with Britain weeks before its March 29 exit.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier gave the state of play after meeting his British counterparts late on Tuesday amid efforts to get the divorce deal through parliament in London.

Register to attend The Trialogue Business in Society Conference

Register to attend The Trialogue Business in Society Conference

16 & 17 April 2019 | The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg

 
Collaboration in education, presented in partnership with Old Mutual, will be profiled as a key theme this year, underscoring the importance, addressing the barriers and provide practical tips and implementation tools for how corporate, government and the non-profit sector can work together to realise equitable access to quality education in South Africa

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Tax compliance is crucial for PBOs and their donors

South Africa’s Public Benefit Organisations (PBOs) do invaluable work uplifting communities and benefiting underprivileged people across our country. Sadly, most of these entities do not have the resources to ensure that they are fully tax compliant.

However, the tax status of a SARS approved Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) is crucial to its ability to raise funds and attract donors, who along with wanting to be philanthropic, are attracted by the tax deductions that come with donations to such organisations.

LEARNING IN THE MOTHER TONGUE IS BEST

International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is celebrated on 21 February each year with the overall aim of promoting linguistic diversity and multilingual education. This year, the day will be framed by the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019, so the IMLD theme is: “Indigenous languages matter for development, peace building and reconciliation.”
 

Risk and opportunity as early childhood development moves to DBE

This year’s State of the Nation Address may have radically changed South Africa’s prospects for education and economic growth. For the first time, there is a clear commitment to early childhood development (ECD), which is globally recognized as the most powerful investment in human capital that a country can make.[1],[2] At last there is real opportunity to get things right for young children, whose cognitive and emotional development has been sorely neglected by the democratic State.
 

EXPLORING THE GAP BETWEEN THE DIGITAL HAVES- AND HAVE-NOTS IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

When we explore the question of technology in our sector, conversation quickly turns to back-office systems for creating more efficiencies in accounting, finance, HR, and operations. Certainly, many larger NGOs have been implementing a wide range of enterprise systems that often integrate these functions more seamlessly while also connecting the head office and the field.

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE LEARNING : Mobile Technology

How not to trip up on the digital highway: Lessons from social innovators developing e-platforms.

Almost every household in South Africa has access to a mobile phone. This has transformed the face of social development, with many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) embracing mobile technology to connect with their target audiences. In this learning brief, we explore the diverse opportunities – but also challenges – that come with using mobile platforms to drive social change.

Mapping out the mobile space in SA: Mobi sites, mobile apps and bypassing the high cost of data.

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