• Cape Times Big Walk Cancelled

    Big Walk Trust chairman, Gerald Ponte, confirms that, the Cape Times Big Walk has been cancelled for the first time in more than 60 years as not enough sponsorship could be raised.

    Ponte states that, Discovery’s seven-year participation as co-naming rights sponsor had come to an end, adding that, “While every effort has been made to secure a replacement, we were not able to secure the correct funding. The trust has explored options, but could not reconcile asking walkers to contribute to an event that would not support the walk’s charity objectives.”

    The trust was convinced that, given the opportunity, the walk would be staged next year.

    To read the article titled, “Cape Times Big Walk cancelled,” click here.

    IOL News
  • Aid Workers Chased Away from Church

    Humanitarian organisation, Gift of the Givers, says its aid workers were chased away from the scene of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria, and threatened with arrest if they come near the site where a church building collapsed, killing dozens of people including South Africans.

    Gift of the Givers founder, Imtiaz Sooliman, asserts that, “They [aid workers] tried to go to the church, but they were chased away. The authorities there did not want them to take any information or come near.”

    The two representatives from the organisation argue that it had been difficult to get information as there was no cooperation.

    To read the article titled, “Gift of the Givers chased away from church,” click here.

    IOL News
  • NGO Wins an International Award

    A South African non-governmental organisation, Partners for Possibility, which pairs business people and school principals to improve school management and teaching, has won an international award in Belgium.

    Partners for Possibility received the award for Innovative and Creative Partnerships in Africa for its solution to the challenges facing education in South Africa.

    The oganisation’s founder Louise Van Rhyn says that, “The wonderful thing is that normally South Africans go internationally for ideas, “adding that, “…people from other countries are acknowledging that what we’re doing in South Africa is worth paying attention to.”

    To read the article titled, “Local NGO wins award in Belgium,” click here.

    Eye Witness News
  • One in 10 Girls Sexually Abused Worldwide - UN

    A United Nations (UN) report finds that around 120 million girls around the world, close to one in 10, have been raped or sexually assaulted by the time they turn 20.

    Drawing on data from 190 countries, the global report by child welfare agency United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), entitled ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ also reveals that one fifth of all murder victims are children and teens, with homicide the leading cause of death among male youths in Latin American countries.

    UNICEF executive director, Anthony Lake states that, "These are uncomfortable facts - no government or parent will want to see them."

    To read the article titled, “One in 10 girls sexually abused worldwide: UN report,” click here.

    Sowetan Live
  • #Storymakers2014 Africa Tweet-Chat - Share Your NGO Storytelling Experiences on 4 September 2014

    Storytelling is an integral part of human behaviour and increasingly relevant to the strategic communication and awareness-raising activities of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) globally.
    Stories help people to better remember specific experiences. Stories shape our identities. With a great story, you can ensure that donors and supporters understand your work.
    But how does your NGO tell its story? When you upload a video, a photograph, or a blog post about your work, whom are you trying to reach with it? What do you expect the audience to do after they see or read the story?
    NGOs are often so caught up in delivering our programmes that we forget the need to communicate our impact to the rest of the world.
    That’s why TechSoup Global organises an annual digital storytelling campaign to assist NGOs create stories that get noticed.
    One of the main events of Storymakers 2014 is a global tweet-chat which will be held on Thursday, 4 September 2014.
    Unfamiliar with tweet-chats? It’s a live Twitter event, usually moderated and focused around a specific topic.
    Our global tweet-chat on 4 September 2014 will be a 12-hour global conversation - from New Zealand in the East to the United States in the West - consisting of a series of one-hour tweet chats on the theme of digital storytelling. Each of the chats will be hosted and facilitated, and cover a different topic associated with digital storytelling.
    A hashtag - in our case #Storymakers2014 – will be used to filter all the chatter into a single conversation on Twitter.
    But to ensure the success of the tweet-chat, we need your participation and support to keep the conversation relevant and informative, and encourage you to invite your colleagues, partners and other NGOs to do the same.
    We therefore invite NGOs across Africa to join us during the tweet-chat to share your storytelling experiences and learn from your peers.
    The Africa component of the #Storymakers2014 tweet-chat will cover the following three topics during three one-hour conversations:
    # Kenya (11 a.m. Eastern Africa Time / 8 a.m. Coordinated Universal Time)
    Topic: What sort of stories should nonprofits tell
    Convener: Anne Musyoki, TechSoup Global, @Manka2 & @techsoupafrica
    # South Africa (11 a.m. South Africa Standard Time / 9 a.m. Coordinated Universal Time)
    Topic: What makes a good story
    Convener: David Barnard, TechSoup Global, @david_barnard & @techsoupafrica
    # Cameroon (12 p.m. West Africa Time / 11 a.m. Coordinated Universal Time)
    Topic: How do you make storytelling a part of your organisation’s culture?
    Convener: Excel Asama, NetSquared Cameroon, @ExcelAsama & @techsoupafrica
    You are welcome to participate in all these chats, but we encourage you to participate specifically in the time zone where you are based. Remember to use #Storymakers2014 in all your tweets, in conjunction with the country where you are based (e.g. #Kenya or #Nigeria, etc.).
    The global tweet-chat will be summarised in a storify at the end of the day.
    We look forward to your participation in this exciting initiative on 4 September 2014.
    David Barnard
    Vice-President: Africa
    TechSoup Global

  • Ses'Khona Not Cashing in on Lwandle Evictions

    An enquiry into evictions on the Lwandle land in Cape Town heard that the Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement, a shack dwellers' non-governmental organisation, is not cashing in on the matter in any way.

    The organisation’s leader, Loyiso Nkohla testifies that, "When Ses'Khona arrived there during these evictions, it was not the only time Ses'Khona was there. In January 2014, from the first eviction, we were invited by the community and helped them, not knowing anyone…We want to make that point very clear. Ses'Khona Rights Movement is not a group of opportunistic people who want to go all over."

    The enquiry was hearing evidence to determine what happened when illegal shack dwellers were removed from South Africa’s National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) land in Lwandle, on 2 and 3 June 2014.

    To read the article titled, “Ses'Khona: Not cashing in on Lwandle,” click here.

    News 24
  • NGO Recalls Lwandle's Brutal, Violent Eviction

    A non-governmental organisation (NGO) states that a young man committed suicide and a woman miscarried following the eviction of illegal shack dwellers in Lwandle, Cape Town.

    Sheena St Clair Jonker, founder of the Access to Justice Association of Southern Africa argues that these are only a few cases she could consult with, adding that “I am trying to assist you in connecting with the real and the authentic."

    Testifying at an enquiry investigating the eviction of people from South African National Roads Agency Limited, Jonker declares that she was called by Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement leader, Loyiso Nkohla to consult residents and provide legal services.

    To read the article titled, “NGO recalls Lwandle's brutal, violent eviction,” click here.

    News 24
  • De Klerk Foundation: Media Freedom is Threatened

    The FW De Klerk Foundation expresses concern about possible threats to media freedom in South Africa on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2014, under the theme which reflects the media’s importance in development, the safety of journalists and the rule of law as well as the sustainability and integrity of journalism.

    The Foundation’s spokesperson, Jacques du Preez announces that while media freedom was protected by the Constitution when weighed against the theme for this year’s Press Freedom Day, South Africa did not appear to entirely measure up.

    “Although press freedom in South Africa… is enjoyed and protected, there are indicators of threats to press freedom,” states Du Preez.

    To read the article titled, “Media freedom is threatened - De Klerk Foundation,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • Project Tackles, Prevents Stunting of Children

    The United Nations Humanitarian food agency has launched a new project to tackle stunting in nearly one million affected children under the age of five in Malawi.
    The World Food Programme (WFP) states that the project is designed to reduce stunting in the district by five to 10 percent, as well as build evidence for the best ways of tackling the problem.

    Meanwhile, World Vision - a relief, development and advocacy organisation working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice - has been selected by WFP as the lead non-governmental organisation partner in the project.

    To read the article titled, “New Project Aims to Tackle, Prevent Stunting of Malawian Children,” click here.

    All Africa
  • MSF Opens Up Access to Humanitarian Data

    Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a humanitarian-aid non-governmental organisation, initiates an open-access approach within the humanitarian sector in the hope that other medical aid organisations will follow suit.

    According to a report published in PLOS Medicine, MSF has made the data clinical and research staff collect, freely available online – marking the first time a medical humanitarian organisation has fashioned a policy to openly share its data.

    Leslie Shanks, who led the development of MSF's data-sharing policy, states that “by making its medical data open access, MSF will enable other scientists to conduct further research on them, potentially leading to health benefits for the vulnerable and neglected communities where MSF works.”

    To read the article titled, “MSF Pioneers Opening up access to humanitarian data,” click here.

    All Africa
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