Financial sustainability

USAID, EU Programme Benefit Farmers

A programme funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the European Union (EU) has helped small-scale farmers in dry areas of Zimbabwe ward off hunger and generate income by commercialising indigenous plants.

The programme, which is designed to teach harvesting and production skills and to link collectors or farmers to buyers and markets, has already benefitted 8 000 small-scale farmers.

Noah Forced to Cut Back Support to Orphans

One of South Africa's biggest NGOs, Noah, is facing a financial crisis that will see close to 11 000 orphans left out in the cold.

The NGO, which helps orphans living with HIV/AIDS, is closing down 67 of its 90 centres across the country.

Carine Hartman, a committee member at Noah in Yeoville, Johannesburg, is enraged about the decision to close down the centres.

Each of the 90 centres take care of about 150 children.

Epilepsy SA Centre Could Face Power Cut

The Epilepsy South Africa care centre in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga, has until the end of August 2012 to pay up or its electricity will be cut off.

The centre, which caters for people with mental illnesses, is in arrears of R105 000 and so far, it has only raised R76 820, mostly from businesses around Dullstroom and family members of residents.

Social Grants Weigh on Govt Coffers

The latest Statistics South Africa (STATS SA) figures released this week suggest social grants and a large public service are taking their toll on government coffers.

STATS SA’s Financial Statistics of National Government report shows the government’s cash payments for operating activities rose by R60.5 billion to R791.9 billion in 2010-11‚ from R731.3 billion in 2009-10‚ mainly due to an increase in grant payments and employee compensation.

Arts and Crafts Ability to Uplift?

The arts and crafts sector is a major employer of probably one of the most diverse ranges of workers and designers, across all sectors of our population. As unemployment deepens, and people are exploring business ventures of their own, this sector is becoming a more interesting prospect, for them to either join an existing production unit, or else open up their own business. Fine art and design graduates are also eyeing out this sector, as people are spending more time at home, and spending more money on bespoke work for their homes, to make them unique and special spaces.

Fundraisers Are As Scarce As Hen’s Teeth

Recruiting the right person for a top post as a fundraising manager or development director is challenging. Only a handful of fundraisers with the right level of abilities and experience to raise multiple millions exist in South Africa. There’s a perception that this is a local problem but in fact it is a global crisis!

The Roots of the NGO Crisis: A Look Beyond the Surface

I have been active in the NGO sector in South Africa for about 27 years starting out as volunteer, field worker, organiser, programmes manager and later as director. I have also served on various NGO boards, act as advisor to many and now practice as a development practitioner within the sector.

Centre for Civil Society to Close: Register Your Objection to UKZN Decision

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has announced the closure of the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) as of 31 December 2008.

According to CCS Director, Prof Patrick Bond, he and his staff were summoned to a meeting on 30 July 2008 and advised the centre was being permanently closed at the end of the year. All CCS staff contracts, besides Bond's, would be terminated, with CCS’s "good" projects moved to the School for Development Studies at UKZN.

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