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Women in Violence 'Slave Camps' – WAD

Women’s Action for Development (WAD) has condemned gender-based violence and called on women to refrain from withdrawing cases against perpetrators of violence against them.

WAD executive director, Veronica de Klerk, has condemned gender-based violence and called on women to refrain from withdrawing cases against perpetrators of violence against them.

Social Transfers Reduce Poverty, Says RHVP

The Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Programme (RHVP) says Southern African countries have some of the world's worst income distribution, but can often afford social transfers, which have proved an efficient means of reducing the number of poor.

RHVP director, Nicholas Freeland, points out that, “Money can always be found - where there is political will there is always a way."

NGOs Face Funding Cut Next Year

The Community Chest, a NGO advancing, empowering and caring for vulnerable communities, has called for an emergency meeting with its beneficiaries to warn them of an expected R7 million cut in grants next year.

Community Chest CEO, Amelia Jones, says the organisation provides funding to 487 recipients, with grants ranging from R18 000 to R1 million a year. Jones says they paid R16 million to beneficiaries, adding that they expects this figure to drop to R9 million in the 2011/12 financial year.

Call for Result Based Approach to Achieve MDGs

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) has called on the results-based approach if African countries are to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Speaking to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation on the sidelines of the MDG Summit in New York, NEPAD’s head of planning and coordinating agency, Ibrahim Mayaki, also argued that there will be no reductions in poverty without reductions in inequality first.

Poor Countries Face Education Crisis – GCE Report

According to a new report released by the Global Campaign on Education (GCE), Somalia and Haiti are the two worst countries in which to be a school child at a time when US$4.6 billion has been cut from education budgets worldwide.

Titled ‘Back to School’, the report states that chronic under-investment in education means that 69 million children are out of school around the world. It says poor countries are “Teetering on the brink of an education crisis.”

CASAC Launches in Johannesburg

The Council for the Advancement of the Constitution (CASAC), an organisation that promises to reawaken South Africans to the values of the Constitution, has launched in Johannesburg.

Led by businessman, Sipho Pityana, CASAC aims to mobilise South Africans against what it calls ‘conservative forces’ within both the government and society, in a bid to protect the Constitution and hold it up as the central goal that South African society aspires to.

NGO Calls for No ‘Live Ammunition’ in Mozambique

The London-based human rights organisation, Amnesty International (AI), has urged the Mozambican police not to use live ammunition to disperse violent demonstrations unless lives are at risk.

AI’s Muluka-Anne Miti, states that, "While we recognise that the police are trying to contain a violent protest, live ammunition - which amounts to lethal force - should not be used except when strictly unavoidable in order to protect life."

Governor Orders Arrest of NGO Officials

Governor of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria, Godswill Akpabio, has ordered the arrest of officials of Child Rights and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN), a NGO based in Eket.

Akpabio accuses the NGO of exaggerating the child witch syndrome in the state for what he called ‘monetary gains’.

He further states that his government has taken steps to protect the rights of children stigmatised on suspicion of witchcraft by the domestication of the Child Rights Act in 2008.

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