The United States (US) government has launched a five-year, US$100 million programme to assist more than a half-million hungry Zimbabweans.
US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bruce Wharton, states that his country remains committed to the welfare of Zimbabweans.
Nonprofit international development organisations, World Vision and CNFA, will implement the five-year programme in Zimbabwe's most drought-prone provinces.
To read the article titled, “USAID targets Zimbabwe food shortages, malnutrition,” click here.Source:All Africa
A Swazi-based newspaper has reported that people in rural Swaziland are about to die of hunger.
The report states that rain has been scarce this season, adding that crops have failed and food has run out.
The newspaper further quoted one unnamed elderly woman as saying that: “We are starving, literally starving my child. Just like most of the kitchens in this community right now, there is absolutely no food.”
To read the article titled, “'Starvation' to Hit Swaziland,” click here.Source:All Africa
More Zimbabweans face serious hunger, following the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) cutting the number of people it assists with aid.
The WFP states that it has cut rations to a million Zimbabweans, and more cuts could be coming this year.
The agency announced in 2013 that one in four of Zimbabwe's rural population is expected to need food assistance in 2014, recognising this as the highest since early 2009 when more than half the population required food support.
To read the article titled, “Nation faces hunger as UN cuts food aid,” click here.Source:All Africa
According to Zak Yacoob, a retired Constitutional Court judge, freedom from poverty in the South African context is one of the most important freedoms.
Delivering the fifth annual Helen Suzman memorial lecture in Johannesburg, Yacoob, said that as South Africa's democracy moved towards its 20th anniversary, far too many of its citizens still suffer from poverty.
"Unless we reach a situation where all of us agree on a particular minimum level of humanity and a particular threshold at [which] people would be able to live, and unless we commit ourselves to that, we will be doomed to disaster," he warned.
To read the article titled, “Freedom from poverty important - judge,” click here.Source:News 24
ONE’s You Choose survey, conducted from January to June 2013, connected 100 000 South African Voices with United Nations Panel to influences the Post-2015 Development Agenda
South African citizens want the government to prioritise development programmes that will create more jobs, quality education, ahead of the protection against crime and providing support for people who do not work.
This is according to a new report published by the ONE Campaign on 30 October 2013. The report outlines the findings of ONE’s You Choose, a technology-focused campaign that asked African citizens to tell the United Nations (UN) and their governments their top priorities post-2015 to overcome poverty.
The campaign was supported by celebrities including Winiko and Dan Lu from Malawi, HHP, Hugh Masekela and Lira from South Africa, Slap Dee and Chris Katongo from Zambia as well as D’banj from Nigeria, all who played a leading role in mobilising citizens’ participation.
A total of 196 337 citizens participated in ‘You Choose’, from January to June 2013 in Malawi, South Africa and Zambia. In South Africa, 108 815 responses were analysed of which 43 344 were via the online social network, Mxit and 65471 were via SMS / Text message.
The top five South African priorities were: better job opportunities (31.75 percentage), good education (20.20 percentage), Protection against crime and violence (6.4 percentage), an honest and responsive government (5.77 percentage) and support for people who cannot work (4.74 percentage).
The survey aimed to complement the UN’s My World global survey. Preliminary findings from the three countries have been incorporated in the Post 2015 UN High Level Panel’s report to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on proposed post 2015 UN development goals.
On 30 October 2013, ONE released the final Report to the South African public, press, government and UN at an event held in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Speaking at the event, ONE’s Africa Director, Dr. Sipho S. Moyo noted that the needs and desires of the world’s poorest, many of whom live in Africa, must be placed at the heart of a new development agenda.
“Efforts such as ‘You Choose’ in conjunction with the UN’s My World survey will ensure that the post-2015 development objectives reflect the people’s will and not just those of world leaders and technocrats gathered around a table in New York and Geneva. As our world leaders debate and define the post-2015 development agenda, we must convince our governments to take the views and the voices of their citizens to the agenda-setting table. By so doing, the world’s new development goals will reflect what its citizens need and in turn citizens will be better able to hold their governments accountable for actionable programmes that will achieve enduring socio-economic transformation and virtually end extreme poverty by 2030,” she said.
To view report, refer to www.ngopulse.org/resource/one-you-choose-report-2013
Notes to editors:
1. Social media played a leading role in data collection:
- 91 075 citizens submitted SMS actions in South Africa, Malawi and Zambia;
- 84 232 citizens submitted their priorities on social media channels that included biNu, Mxit and Facebook. Most respondents on biNu were Nigerians, while Mxit was dominated by South African participants. Facebook garnered responses mostly from Malawi and Zambia.
- Better job opportunities (25 percent);
- A good education (17 percent);
- An honest and responsive government (6 percent);
- Protection against crime and violence (7 percent); and
- Better healthcare (6 percent).
- Malawian - An honest and responsible government (14 percent), affordable and nutritious food (11 percent), better healthcare (10 percent), good education (10 percent) and better job opportunities (10 percent);
- South African - better job opportunities (32 percent), good education (20 percent), and protection against crime and violence (6 percent), an honest and responsive government (6 percent) and support for people who cannot work (5 percent);
- Zambia - good education (26 percent), better job opportunities (25 percent), better healthcare (6 percent), better transport and roads (5 percent) and an honest and responsible government (3 percent).
- ONE’s lead non-governmental organization (NGO) and faith partners included the Council for NGOs in Malawi (CONGOMA), South Africa’s Economic Justice Network (EJN), as well as Zambia’s Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) and Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ);
- ONE’s corporate partners included the Malawi Savings Bank (MSB), the UN Information Systems and Standard Chartered Bank in Zambia all who supported the campaign with their growing SMS customer databases.
ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organisation of more than 3.5 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Co-founded by Bono and strictly nonpartisan, we raise public awareness and work with political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programmes.
ONE is not a grant-making organisation and does not solicit funding from the public or receive government funding. ONE is funded almost entirely by a handful of philanthropists and foundations. We achieve change through advocacy. Our teams in Washington, D.C., London, Johannesburg, Brussels, Berlin, and Paris educate and lobby governments to shape policy solutions that save and improve millions of lives.
For more about ONE, refer to www.one.org.
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation has warned that Africa will not be able to realise the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) because of corruption.
CIVICUS head of policy and research, Mandeep Tiwana, points out that the MDGs are eight time-bound goals which provide concrete, numerical benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty in its many dimensions.
Tiwana states that these includes targets on income poverty, hunger, maternal and child mortality, disease, inadequate shelter, gender inequality, environmental degradation and the Global Partnership for Development.
He further says inequalities are not an African problem but it is a global problem, adding that these are some of the serious issues our leaders need to address.
To read article titled, “Corruption seen as hindrance to MDGs in Africa,” click here.Source:SABC News
The United Nation World Food Programme (WFP) says global warming plays a big role in food security.
WFP Southern Africa spokesperson, David Orr points out that there has been an increase in flooding in Southern Africa.
Orr, who adds that the crop land has been pushed back by desert and drought has increased worldwide, says that the WFP is helping poor African nations with projects like building dams, irrigation canals and water harvesting systems, in the global fight against poverty.
To read article titled “Global warming plays key role in food security” click here.Source:SABC News
- World Food Programme (WFP)Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.Opportunity closing date:Thursday, June 20, 2013Opportunity type:Employment
The United Nations WFP seeks to appoint a Human Resources (HR) Assistant, based in Johannesburg.
This is a temporary, six month contract position (Special Service Agreement).
The person will support the Regional Bureau for Southern Africa, based in Johannesburg.
Under the direct supervision of the Regional Human Resources Officer, the Human Resources Assistant will perform the following duties:
- Provide assistance to the RHRO in coordinating HQ driven initiatives related to long service awards, promotions exercise, reassignments and ad hoc staffing committee meetings;
- Ensure up-to date information is availed to staff on medical insurance coverage and provide assistance in medical evacuation issues;
- Process staff entitlements relating to leave, security reimbursements, contract renewals and funding;
- Maintain attendance registers and leave reports for the RB
- Maintain and update OMJ HR Statistics, RB Staffing list, Organigrams, Focal points lists for HR, CDs and DCDs in OMJ;
- Draft routine correspondence and initiate process for the preparation of all staff support documentation (UNLP, opening of bank accounts, confirmation of employment letters, certification of employment,etc)
- Check and maintain personnel files for all staff in the RB, ensuring all documentation is in order and relevant documents are kept in their respective files
- Assist the HR team in the recruitment processes, issuance of Vacancy announcements, preparation of Long List, short listing and arranging assessments and interviews;
- Perform other related duties as required.
- Work experience or training in HR preferable;
- Experience utilising computers, including word processing, spreadsheets, ERP software packages and systems preferable;
- Excellent knowledge of written and oral English;
- Fluency in both written and oral English.
To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter and/or a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11) to HR.Johannesburg@wfp.org, quoting Announcement No: 010/2013.
Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.
For more about the World Food Programme, refer to www.wfp.org.
For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.
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- AfricarePlease note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.Opportunity closing date:Friday, January 25, 2013Opportunity type:Employment
Africare’s Injongo Yethu Project provides technical support and assistance as a contribution to the South African Government’s response to HIV and AIDS in the Chris Hani, Cacadu and Amathole Districts of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the project aims to strengthen and scale up prevention, treatment, care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS, their caregivers, family members, and community including orphans and children made vulnerable due to HIV and AIDS.
Africare seeks to appoint a Programme Officer, based in Chris Hani district, Eastern Cape.
- Promote and work to expand community services capacity in the care and support of people living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV), their families, and immediate communities on home based care, treatment and support including orphans and children made vulnerable due to HIV and AIDS;
- Work in collaboration with relevant stakeholders and community structures in the promotion of community interventions and mobilisation, to increase knowledge on HIV and AIDS, TB and STI;
- Implement sustainable Paediatric care and OVC linkages within health care facilities, Department of Social Development, CBOs and community structures to provide quality care services to OVC, child headed families and their primary care givers;
- Strengthen implementation of quality of care and support services for PLHIV and OVC through capacity building for programme partners;
- Conduct and co-facilitate trainings (support groups, child care forums, clinic committees etc.) for different stakeholders;
- Provide technical support to community institutions on grants management and programme activities reporting in the catchment areas;
- Contribute to weekly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports for all stakeholders;
- Assess Community Institutions to establish the HBC services, integrate CBO with the health facilities, provide and monitor HBC kits, support governance, HBC information management and funding application proposal;
- Support IACT training and implementation;
- Work with sub-district to involve traditional health practitioners. Provide group trauma and debriefing sessions of HCWs in the sub-district. Work with DAC in training and community advocacy
- Degree in social work or related community development field;
- Minimum of two years experience in successful implementation and management of HIV care, treatment and support services including OVC care and support interventions in the clinical,public,private or NGO sector;
- Minimum of two years professional experience in managing and implementing M&E activities preferably in a community and clinical setting;
- Understanding and skills in using monitoring and evaluation and other strategic information to inform programme and policy decisions;
- Knowledge of collation and analysing reports;
- Strong writing skills, including writing of reports, operational and activity plans as well as training plans;
- Knowledge of Department Of Health and of Social Development, reporting indicators in South Africa;
- Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform, ability to manage several major tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform, ability to manage several major multidimensional activities simultaneously;
- Effective verbal and written communication, multitasking, organisational and prioritisation of skills; Computer skills, good interpersonal and facilitation skills;
- Experience in public speaking and professional presentations;
- Ability to travel extensively and must have a valid driver’s licence.
Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
Africare is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to workplace diversity.
Only shortlisted employees will be contacted.
For more about Africare, refer to www.africare.org.
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The United Nations (UN) is reportedly seeking to raise US$60 million to help feed Zimbabwe’s two million people in need of food assistance.
The country director of the UN World Food Programme in Zimbabwe, Sory Ouane, says the UN has budgeted US$86m for its food assistance programme to June this year.
Ouane says Zimbabwe is becoming a ‘forgotten emergency’ as there are other countries like the Central African Republic and South Sudan also in need of aid assistance.
To read the article titled, “UN seeks US$60m to feed hungry Zimbabweans,” click here.Source:News 24