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  • US Govt Probes Zim Civil Society

    At least 15 civil society organisations are under investigation by the United States government through its major donor fund distribution channel the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) over corruption and misappropriation of millions of dollars.

    Sources close to the investigations also say a senior official with USAID Zimbabwe office who was responsible for receiving and processing funding proposals from local non-governmental organisations had been summoned to Washington DC for questioning.

    “The official is the man at the core of the corruption that has been happening in a number of civil society organisations for the past five years. He is being accused of providing funding to NGOs which are run by his allies through processing their proposals, inflating the funding figures which they would share thereafter,” explains a source.

    To read the article titled, “US govt probes Zim civil society,” click here.

    Source: 
    New Zimbabwe
  • 500 NGOs Receive PEPFAR Support

    More than 500 community and faith-based organisations (FBOs) in Zambia last year received support from the United States’ Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Small Grants Programme to implement HIV and AIDS prevention programmes and support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs).

    Acting PEPFAR country coordinator, Tamu Daniel, points out that that the agency’s small grants programme gives community-based organisations (CBOs) the opportunity to grow and thrive.

    Daniel states that the small grants for prevention programmes help stop the spread of HIV and AIDS by promoting behavioural changes that reduce the risk of infection, voluntary counselling and testing (VCT), and other effective prevention methods.

    To read the article titled, “US supported over 500 NGOs in 2014,” click here.

    Source: 
    Daily Mail
  • Struggling NGOs Slam Minstrel Funding

    Struggling welfare groups, buckling under a lack of funding, have slammed the National Lotteries Board for the R56 million handed to a Cape minstrel group since 2011.

    While the association thrives, groups such as the Treatment Action Campaign, which previously benefitted from lotteries board funding but announced last month they desperately needed to raise R10 million to keep afloat, have to do their own fundraising.

    Another organisation, the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust, says it is difficult to compare the minstrel funding with that of welfare groups because they were paid from two different lottery categories. The minstrels fell into the arts, culture and national heritage grouping while NGOs were in the charities category.

    To read the article titled, “Struggling NGOs slam minstrel funding,” click here.

    Source: 
    IOL News
  • Donors Launch New Innovation Fund to Catalyse Change in Early Learning in SA: The Innovation Edge

    Several national and international donors have joined forces to inspire and enable bold new initiatives with the potential to transform early learning access and quality in South Africa. Bold ideas for early learning are invited from all sectors and may include anything from new delivery models or smarter financing mechanisms to innovation in the use of technology for training, early learning activities or parent interaction.
     
    The Innovation Edge is part of a R90 million programme called Ilifa Labantwana. It was launched through a multi-donor consortium including the Ilifa funding partners - DG Murray Trust, the FirstRand Foundation, ELMA Foundation, UBS Optimus Foundation - and the Omidyar Network.
     
    “The Innovation Edge will enable Ilifa to explore new frontiers in early learning that can then be incorporated into bigger programmes” says Sherri Le Mottee, programme leader of Ilifa Labantwana.
     
    The focus of the Innovation Edge is on children from birth to six years living in marginalised communities. “Less than a quarter of preschool children in South Africa have the benefit of quality early learning programmes”, says Sonja Giese, founding director of the Innovation Edge. “The prospect of exposing every child to creative learning experiences in their first few years of life is a major opportunity to reshape educational outcomes in South Africa.”
     
    The fund builds on growing global interest in early childhood development as scientific findings have converged on its importance for education, economic productivity and social stability.  “The Edge provides a platform to test the feasibility and effectiveness of innovations that will help to realise the enormous potential of South Africa’s young children", says Giese.  “We want to bring new ways of thinking to early learning by creating opportunities for people with diverse skills and experience to join the call to action.”
     
    For more information or to submit an idea for consideration, refer to www.innovationedge.org.za. Alternatively, email: sonja@innovationedge.org.za.

     

  • NGOs Hailed for Refurbishing Classrooms

    Tanzania’s Kagera Regional Commissioner, Fabian Massawe, has hailed Pestalozzi Children's Foundation (PCF) of Switzerland and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) for the timely intervention in constructing and renovating several classrooms in Bukoba District.

    Massawe points out that, "The government appreciates Public Private Partnership (PPP). The assistance is timely. We thank the two NGOs [non-governmental organisations] and the people of Switzerland for their good spirit. Other NGOs should emulate the example."

    VSO programme manager, Christopher Munubi, says five classrooms and two teachers' houses were renovated at Nyakato Primary School including toilets and a water tank with capacity of 2 000 litres.

    To read the article titled, “Kagera RC hails NGOs for refurbishing classrooms,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Masebola Donates to the MRCB

    Leading by example, the regional director of education in the Kgatleng District in Botswana, Sir Wonder Masebola, has pledged P5 000 towards the building of five classroom blocks at the Mochudi Resource Centre for the Blind (MRCB).

    Masebola notes that the centre’s appeal to the Diamond Trading Company (DTC) Botswana bore fruit when the company donated over P1 million.

    Masebola says in the coming financial year, approximately P800 000 will be used to purchase Braille computers and musical equipment, while the remaining amount will be used to construct the music block.

    As a nonprofit organisation, the centre depends on donations from government, corporates and individuals to survive.

    To read the article titled, “Centre of the blind fundraising gets financial boost,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Monitor
  • MMEWR Donates to Vulnerable Kids

    Botswana’s Department of Mines under the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) has donated toiletries to Bana Ba Letsatsi Rehabilitation Centre in Maun.

    Speaking during the donation, Hossia Chimbombi, who is a principal engineer, said the donation will help those in need, adding that they heard Bana Ba Letsatsi's cry for help and they decided to help by coming together as employees and contributing.

    Chimbombi says they have raised P7 200 to buy toiletries for the centre and they will continue to help the centre.

    To read the article titled, “MMEWR donates to vulnerable children,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Gates Criticised for Spending Less on Africa

    According to John Vidal, African non-governmental organisations received just four percent of Bill Gates’ money for agriculture work, with 75 percent for United States organisations.

    Vidal says that most of the US$3 billion that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given to benefit hungry people in the world’s poorest countries has been spent in the United States, Britain and other rich countries, with only around 10 percent spent in Africa.

    He says analysis of grants made by the foundation shows that nearly half the money awarded over the past decade went to global agriculture research networks, as well as organisations including the World Bank and UN agencies, and groups that work in Africa to promote hi-tech farming.

    To read the article titled, “Gates foundation spends bulk of agriculture grants in rich countries,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Guardian
  • NGO: Relief Fund Opened After Robbery

    The Solidarity Helping Hand confirms that a relief fund has been opened after the robbery at Pretoria’s President Kruger children’s home on 29 October 2014.

    In a press statement, Helping Hand states that it wants to support the children’s home as much as possible during this crisis.

    The organisation asserts that, “We have therefore already contributed R10 000 towards a relief fund. Our hope is that with the public’s help, we will be able to replace most of the home’s losses.”

    To read the article titled, “Pretoria children’s home robbed,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Citizen
  • TAC to Raise R10m to Remain Open

    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) plans to raise R10 million in November 2014 to keep the organisation afloat, the organisation is relying on public donations, hoping big funders will then follow.

    Mark Heywood, one of TAC’s directors states that, “The TAC thinks there is a red light over the country's response to the HIV epidemic," following recent statistics released by the Human Sciences Research Council, which show that in 767 people died each day in South Africa from AIDS related illnesses in 2012, 280,000 in a year.

    Speaking after a national council meeting, the health advocacy group emphasised the ongoing struggles in the health system and outlined TAC's work and key campaigns, assuring that, "TAC will always remain a voice of the voiceless people of South Africa."

    To read the article titled, “TAC's critical R10-million month,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
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