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  • Zim NGOs Abuse Over US$850m

    The United States, through its US Agency for International Development (USAID), donated close to a billion dollars into the non-governmental organisation sector (NGO) sector in pursuit of illegal regime change in the final stages of the ill-fated inclusive government.
     
    The revelations come as Western donors announced they were stopping availing money to anti-government NGOs in Zimbabwe after they failed to account for over US$850 million extended by USAID as part of the illegal regime change agenda between 2011 and 2014.
     
    The US and its allies were said to have been peeved by the fact that the civil society organisations had failed to prevent the massive ZANU-PF election victory July 2013 harmonised elections despite having received massive financial support.
     
    To read the article titled, “Zim NGOs abuse over US$850 million,” click here.

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    All Africa
  • Oxfam Welcomes IMF’s Debt Relief for Ebola

    Aid and development charity, Oxfam, has responded to the International Monetary Fund's announcement of debt relief for Ebola stricken countries.

    Head of Oxfam’s Washington Office, Nicolas Mombrial, points out that, "The IMF's move will provide welcome relief to countries whose economies have been devastated by Ebola.”

    Mombrial argues that instead of struggling to repay all their debt, governments will now be able use this money to invest in jobs, better healthcare and more health workers, and supporting people who have lost their means of earning a living due to the crisis.

    "But the IMF's step is not enough on its own - it needs to be the start of concerted global effort to help these countries back on their feet. International donors now need to step up and do their bit.

    To read the article titled, “Oxfam reaction to the IMF's announcement of debt relief for Ebola stricken countries,” click here.

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    All Africa
  • Japan Donates to NGO Projects in Mozambique

    The Japanese ambassador in Mozambique, Akira Mizutani, and representatives of the three NGOs - Fondazione Terre des Hommes, of Italy, OIKOS - Cooperation and Development of Portugal, and the Mozambican organisation Kulima - signed the financing agreements in Maputo.

    85 337 dollars will be invested in a project implemented by Fondazione Terre des Hommes in Boane district, in Maputo province, which seeks to improve education, water supply and sanitation in four schools.

    To read the article titled, “Japanese donation to NGO projects,” click here.

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    All Africa
  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    All Africa
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