Redefining Philanthropy on the African Continent

We caught up with the executive manager and head of the Policy & Programme Unit at the Southern Africa Trust (the Trust), McBride Nkhalamba, to talk about this latest development and find out what this project is about and how the trust will be getting involved.

Q.  Can you tell a bit about the idea of African Philanthropy?

A. Our interest in this philanthropy is in specific relation to development financing - finding and developing alternative sources of development financing.

China’s NGOs Go Global

Rapid economic growth over the past three and a half decades has transformed China’s position from a recipient of international aid to a donor nation. China’s overseas development assistance has mirrored its state-run commercial investments and trade activities. In other words, the majority of China’s overseas development assistance is directed at nations, notably in Africa and Southeast Asia, where it has a substantial stake in accessing natural resources and low cost human capital.

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.


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