Four NGOs Launch Research Campaign to Analyse Funding Practices by the Lotteries to Civil Society

Four influential organisations in the non-profit sector have launched a research project to establish why the National Lotteries Distribution Fund (NLDF) and the National Development Agency (NDA) have been ineffective  in their  roles to provide support for those in need in South Africa.

South African NGOs Hit Hard by Recession

More than 500 000 needy South Africans, many of them women and children, could be plunged into further desperation as the country’s NGOs and charities battle a funding crisis as a result of current economic conditions. Industry experts predict that NGOs and charity organisations, which represent 30% of social services in the country, would have R3 billion less to spend on crucial causes this year because of the recession.

NGOs don't take projects to scale: JET AGM 2009

At the JET Education Services AGM held 14 May 2009, at the Houghton Boardroom, the CEO, Nick Taylor spoke about the role of NGOs in education. He acknowledged that while it is important that NGOs work closely with government, it is not their role to take projects to scale.

Rather, the NGOs should play is to implement a pilot project or field test to determine the viability of the project, conduct a baseline, monitoring and evaluation. The research results will then give the indication of whether this project has the positive impact that was envisioned.

NGOs and the Global Financial Crisis

The global financial crisis impacts on all NGOs - big and small, urban and rural, local and international.

For some NGOs the impact is immediate, for others the real impact will only be known in months to come.

The crisis is once again highlighting the need for NGOs to review their funding and sustainability models.

The following articles capture the views and opinions expressed by various local and international commentators in recent weeks about the impact of the crisis on NGOs in South Africa and other parts of the world:


A Community's Journey to Housing and Independence

Access to shelter is a major concern for poor South Africans. Statistics of the national housing backlog abound, including the high number of people living in informal settlements in rudimentary and dangerous structures.

Though they represent the lucky few, members of the Vosloorus community received 650 houses after nine years of involvement in a government housing programme.


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