good governance

13 Things Your Board Must Know About Your NPO

Good governance is the foundation of a successful NPO. Governance can make or break your organisation – if it is great you can fly, if it is poor you can fail.  In NPOs, therefore, we should know as much as possible about the key features of our organisational governance.

But what are they key governance-related facts your Board should have at its fingertips:

Here are the 13 top things your Board must know about your NPO:

Putting the Focus on Strengthening SA’s Evaluation Culture and Capacity this October

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) practices are integral to the policy-making, corporate social investment (CSI) and development industries in South Africa because they improve performance and development impact, foster accountability, inform and guide decision-making, and widen our knowledge base.

Madonsela: SA’s Electoral System Flawed

Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, says South Africa’s electoral system is flawed and needs to be overhauled to promote greater accountability and good governance.

Madonsela points out that, “Proportional representation is a huge weakness in our constitutional democracy,” adding that, “We need someone who is purely accountable to the people. At the moment, one can fail the people and you just have to be OK with the party bosses.”

Vumelana Governance Award 2015

The Vumelana Advisory Fund supports the establishment of commercially viable partnerships between investors and local community land owners. Its goal is to enable beneficiaries of the land reform process to make effective use of their land.

The Vumelana Advisory Fund is calling for applications from Communal Property Institutions for the Vumelana Governance Award 2015.

Call for Corruption Unit to Assist Hawks

The Institute of Accountability says that a new, dedicated corruption-busting unit should be set up to bolster the work of the Hawks.

The institute's director, Paul Hoffman, points out that, “South Africans need to recognise and exercise their right to insist on an independent corruption fighting unit."

Hoffman further states that the country, which loses an estimated R675 billion to corruption every year, deserves to have a best-practice solution to the systemic and endemic challenges posed by corruption.

Public Protector Starts a Road Show

Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, will embark on a road show this week, aimed at getting feedback on her work and enhancing relations with organs of state, civil society and political parties.
Madonsela spokesperson, Kgalalelo Masibi, states that, "The Public Protector has often raised concerns about the remedial action that is ignored by some organs of state, who dispute the findings of her investigations, leaving complainants in a state of despair.

Democratic Development in Africa: A Tale of One Step Forward, Two Steps Backward

Emerging from the throes of colonialism in the 1960s, many analysts theorised that the nascent African states, as opposed to their Asian counterparts, were most likely to record substantial political and economic achievements.(2) This optimism was underlined by both economic and political factors.

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