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  • Call for NGOs to be Audited

    Nsanje District Commissioner, Harry Phiri, says that the Kalondolondo Social audit programme should start assessing projects implemented by the country's non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

    Phiri says that most of the NGOs in Malawi receive more funds from donors, adding that the funds are not properly handled and therefore need to be assessed.

    His opinion comes at a time when the district is to have its 25 Local Development Fund (LDF) teacher houses project audited by the Kalondolondo programme.

    To read the article titled, “CSOS' projects should be audited - Nsanje DC,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • NLB Donates in Honour of Women

    The National Lottery Board (NLB) has handed over cheques worth millions of rands to charity organisations across South Africa.
     
    The donations were made at the NLB's women empowerment function as part of commemorating Women's Month in Pretoria on Tuesday.
     
    Meanwhile, the NLB has also condemned last week's incident where one of their officials was suspended on allegations of fraud to the tune of R600 000 meant for good causes.
     
    To read the article titled, “Lotteries Board splashes out to honour women,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • SADC Urged to Reduce Dependence on Aid

    Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe, has urged the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states to reduce its dependence on foreign aid and to make better use of its natural resources such as minerals and land.

    Speaking at the opening of a two-day summit of the 15-member SADC in Zimbabwe, Mugabe warns that the continued over-reliance on the goodwill of the cooperation partners compromises African countries the opportunity to own the SADC.

    He adds that, "Our region has abundant resources which instead of being sold in raw form at very low prices must be exploited ... to add value to the products which we export."
     
    To read an article titled, “Reduce dependence on aid – Mugabe,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • Naidoo Faces Damaging Scandal

    Greenpeace head, Kumi Naidoo, is facing a series of damaging scandals at the global environmental watchdog, according to a newspaper report.

    And to make matters worse the human rights activist, who is the executive director of the Greenpeace, a non-governmental organisation with a budget of R4-billion, is mourning the loss of his father in South Africa.

    The “rainbow warriors” have had a bruising fortnight, shaken by incidents that have angered supporters, including the unmasking of an employee who lost R55 million of funds in a foreign currency exchange bungle, among others.

    To read the article titled, “Greenpeace boss faces damaging scandal as he mourns his father,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Donors Slash Mozambique Budget Aid

    Foreign donors have cut aid to Mozambique's government by 11 percent compared to 2013 amid concerns over corruption.

    According to an official, the group of donors who contribute aid directly to the Southern African nation's coffers pledged US$275 million in aid this week, down from US$309 million in 2013.

    Norway decided to stop its commitment altogether, joining Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain who all pulled out from direct budget support recently.

    To read the article titled, “Donors slash Mozambique budget aid,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • Zimbabwe's NGO Sector Feels the Pinch

    Zimbabwe’s civil society organisations are reeling from the global financial crisis as donor aid slows down due to the country’s nagging political deadlock which has dragged on for years.

    The situation has also led to a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) reportedly scaling down operations because of lack of funding.

    The NGO sector is moving away from being a growing sector that is heavily involved in various activities, ranging from social justice, food aid, health services and education to providing water purification tablets during a severe cholera outbreak.

    To read the article titled, “Zimbabwe's embattled NGO sector feels pinch,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • DBSA, EU Launch Infrastructure Fund

    The Ambassador of the European Union to South Africa, Roeland van de Geer, and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) chief executive officer, Patrick Dlamini, have launched the R1.5 billion ground breaking Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa (IIPSA).

    The purpose of IIPSA is to provide grant funding in support of loans for essential infrastructure projects in the southern African region.

    The fund was established following a joint initiative between the government of South Africa and the European Union, and forms part of the European Union’s broader intervention under its country strategy for South Africa.

    To read the article titled, “DBSA, EU launch R1.5bn infrastructure fund,” click here.

    Source: 
    Fin 24
  • BFC Donates £120k to Mandela Foundation

    The Brazilian Football Confederation (BFC) has donated £120 000 to the Nelson Mandela Foundation to preserve Madiba's legacy.
     
    The BFC donated income they received from match against South Africa towards its work in the promotion of social justice and democracy, both locally and internationally.
     
    The Foundation spokesperson, Sello Hatang, says the donation will be used for projects and the digitization of papers.
     
    To read the article titled, “Mandela Foundation gets a £120 000 boost,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Intern Defrauds NGO Over R2.6m

    The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has obtained a final court order to freeze the bank accounts and assets of a former financial assistant who allegedly defrauded it with over R2.6 million.

    The money Sinovuyo Ziyanda Mjali allegedly stole was intended for use in the organisation’s medical humanitarian work among migrants.

    The North Gauteng High Court granted a final order freezing the bank accounts and assets of Mjali, pending the finalisation of a sequestration application against her.

    The Swiss-based mission’s chief in Pretoria, Erick Ventura, says in court papers Mjali’s actions could have far reaching consequences, not only in the organisation, but also its relationship with South Africa.

    To read the article titled, “Intern fleeces NGO of R2.6m,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Citizen
  • Malaria Intensifies in African Countries

    A study conducted by the Lancet medical journal has reported that gains in fighting malaria in sub-Saharan Africa have left the highest risk for the disease concentrated in ten countries.
     
    According to the study, countries such as Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Guinea and Togo account for 87 percent of areas that have the highest prevalence of malaria.
     
    The study further shows that financial support has risen from US$100 million annually to about US$2 billion since the launch of the Roll Back Malaria initiative in 2000.
     
    To read the article titled, “Malaria: High risk focused in 10 African countries,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
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