Batshu: NGOs Crucial in Development

Botswana’s Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Edwin Batshu, says the government appreciates the role played by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in augmenting efforts to develop the disadvantaged and marginalised countrymen.

Batshu, who officially opened the NGOs Council and inaugural stakeholder's forum, said some of the civil society organisations' presence could be traced back to independence.

Governance Improves in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is one of the African countries where governance has improved most in the four years up to 2014, according to the Ibrahim Index of African Governance.
The found that Senegal just might surge ahead of its African counterparts in the future, to become one of the continent's powerhouses and that developments in Somalia - long the worst-governed country in Africa - can be described as "a good news story".

Zim Govt Urged to Tolerate NGOs

Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) says that Zimbabwe should ‘improve’ on creating a favourable environment for independent institutions like Think Tanks for it to realise the ‘great’ development potential it has.

The organisation argues that Think Tanks are critical for national development and in progressive nations they advise governments on policy formulation and implementation.

It says Think Tanks provide possible alternatives in cases of policy failure.

SAAYC: National Programmes Manager

The Southern African Association of Youth Clubs (SAAYC) is a nonprofit, membership organisation that works in youth development.

SAAYC seeks to appoint a National Programmes Manager, based in Johannesburg.

The person will report to the Executive Director and will give suppor to the SAAYC Provincial Coordination and National Activities.

Salary: Negotiable

Vision AfriKa: Foundation Phase Teacher

Vision AfriKa (established in 2003) is an organisation that supports youth (aged 2-22) in their process of personal growth and development. As part of its expansion plans the organisation will be establishing an independent Primary School in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch.

Vision AfriKa seek to appoint a full-time Foundation Phase Teacher, based in Stellenbosch, Western Cape.

Working hours: Monday to Thursday - 8h00 to 17h00; Friday from 8h00 to 16h00.
Starting date: 12 January 2015.

South Africa Ranks 4th in Index of African Governance

According to the annual Ibrahim Index of African Governance, South Africa's overall level of governance has improved.

The country ranked fourth out of 52 African nations, seeing a rise in human development and economic opportunities, but a drop in standards of safety and rule of law.

The results compiled in an annual index by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation - which also hands out a prize for achievement in African Leadership, ranked Somalia lowest, coming last in safety and rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity and human development.

WB to Invest in Electricity Production

This summer, the World Bank announced that it will allocate US$5 billion in aid to Africa to help the continent optimise its potential for electricity production. The initiative focuses on hydroelectric power, among other sources.

Although its regional economies are expanding rapidly, Africa still suffers from significant deficiencies in electrification, a factor which hinders development.

There is a plethora of initiatives both private and public aiming to increase access to electricity, but the scale of the task at hands is daunting.

Centre for Economic Governance and AIDS in Africa: Researcher

The Centre for Economic Governance and AIDS in Africa (CEGAA) was founded in 2006 as a regional civil society organisation focused on attaining effective, rights-based and developmental health financing in Africa to enable a comprehensive response to HIV/AIDS.

CEGAA seeks to appoint a Researcher, based in KwaZulu-Natal or Johannesburg.

Everything Wrong With e-Tolls - COSATU

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has warned that the controversial Gauteng e-tolling system will perpetuate exclusion in society.
Speaking to the advisory panel on the socio-economic impact of e-tolls, COSATU’s Dumisani Dakile described e-tolling as one of the most immoral projects undertaken since the arms deal.
“This matter touches on the core of governance. This matter touches on the core of leadership,” explained to the advisory panel on the socio-economic impact of e-tolls in Johannesburg.

SOS Children’s Villages: Child & Youth Development Coordinator

SOS Children’s Villages is a social development organisation, focussing on the care, protection and development of children and youth who are orphaned or vulnerable. Our mission is to build families for children in need, help them to shape their own futures and share in the development of their communities.
SOS Children’s Villages seeks to appoint a Child & Youth Development Coordinator (CYDC), based at its Pietermaritzburg Village, KwaZulu-Natal.

The persons will provide guidance and leadership to a team of care givers, Social worker (s), Youth Leader (s) etc.


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