A petition has started to impeach President Jacob Zuma over his involvement in the Nkandla scandal.
The petition created by the Committee for the Impeachment of the President was put up on Change.org.
The leaked report on Nkandla, illustrates that the President lied to the Parliament and benefitted from over 200 million rand of the publics money.
To read the article titled, “Petition to impeach Zuma over Nkandla,” click here.Source:News 24
The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) has urged President Jacob Zuma not to sign the Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill) into law in its current form.
In a press statement, SANEF states that it is concerned with the “…provisions that allow for broad classification of information, including that which has nothing to do with security of the state,” as well as delegating authority to ambiguous state officials to classify information.
The organisation believes that the Bill criminalises the ownership and dissemination of classified state information, even if such information is in the public interest.
To read the article titled, “SANEF urges Zuma not to sign info bill,” click here.Source:IOL News
The FW De Klerk Foundation is footing the hefty legal bill of senior prosecutor, Glynnis Breytenbach, partly by way of multimillion-rand donations from billionaire businessman, Nathan Kirsh.
The Foundation’s executive director, Dave Steward, admits that Kirsh, “…a major donor, also to our litigation fund, which has paid the legal fees of Glynnis Breytenbach.”
Steward explains that from this donations, the organisation also funds other projects, adding that the main project is Breytenbech’s litigation.
To read article titled, “De Klerk funds Breytenbach,” click here.Source:IOL News
- Global IntegrityPlease note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.Opportunity closing date:Friday, February 8, 2013Opportunity type:Employment
The organisation has won an Ashoka "Changemakers" award and an “Every Human Has Rights” award from The Elders and Internews; its methodology for assessing the existence and effectiveness of anti-corruption mechanisms is described by the World Bank as "best practice."
Global Integrity is known in particular for its expertise in developing quantitative indicators to assess the existence, effectiveness, and citizen access to accountability mechanisms at the national, sub-national, and sector levels. Across all of its fieldwork at the national, sub-national, and sector levels in more than 100 countries, the organisation has designed, fielded, and published more than 80 000 quantitative indicators of accountability, transparency, and anti-corruption mechanisms.
Global Integrity is in the midst of a five-year collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to generate original data on a range of governance issues across all 54 African countries; that data feeds into future iterations of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which helps to shape the debate on the continent around governance reform priorities. To support that fieldwork, Global Integrity seeks to appoint an experienced French speaking Project Manager who’s already based in Cape Town to help recruit, coordinate, and manage a team of researchers across the continent.
The project manager will work alongside a colleague in our Cape Town office and report to Global Integrity’s Washington, DC office.
- Recruiting and managing virtual field teams of researchers in 54 African countries;
- Capacity building and training activities with the research teams;
- Performing detailed, intensive quality control over the resultant data points (in the thousands);
- Providing detailed feedback to researchers and guiding them to improve their research product with actionable advice and specific guidance;
- Designing and leading outreach and dissemination activities, including public workshops;
- Representing the organisation at conferences and events as necessary.
Ideal Skill Set
Global Integrity attracts employees from the most distinctive professional and academic backgrounds. There is no cookie cutter ideal candidate for any position at Global Integrity. We are instead more interested in an individual’s drive, professionalism, and entrepreneurial energy. For this particular position, the following factors will strengthen an applicant’s candidacy:
- Three to ten years of relevant project management experience in journalism, in-depth editing, international affairs, and/or international politics. Ability to discuss issues of governance and/or anti-corruption is a strong asset though not required, depending on the candidate’s experience and particular set of skills;
- 100% bilingual French-English (French native speaker preferred);
- Attention to detail, ability to perform on tight deadlines, and proven ability to communicate clear and concise feedback to researchers are a must;
- Experience working and communicating with virtual teams is strongly preferred, particularly in an editing capacity;
- Professionals that can leverage their own networks of African professionals towards this job’s recruiting requirements will be strongly considered;
- Graduate degree in a relevant area of study, including, but not limited to, journalism, public policy, international relations, comparative politics, or development studies;
- Comfort in a perpetual start-up environment requiring extensive “self-starter” and “problem-solver” skills with minimal bureaucratic safety nets or backstopping;
- Strong writing and verbal communication skills: this means the ability to write a press release, policy summary, or op-ed with minimal guidance and the ability to speak comfortably to an expert audience or on camera. Experience with news reporting or blogging (on any topic) is strongly preferred.
Our office environment (now spread between Washington, New York, and Cape Town) requires openness, collaboration and flexibility. Our staff has an uncommon diversity of responsibilities: from high-level strategy to online messaging to logistics issues (we book our own travel and fix our own computers), everyone contributes. You will develop new skills in this job; expect to learn and adapt constantly. We are very much a learning organisation.
We have a “no jerks” policy; you will be supported by results-oriented yet frequently cheerful coworkers whose primary mode of social engagement is based on trust and respect.
International literacy and cross-cultural sensitivity are considered core competencies.
Compensation: For these positions, Global Integrity will provide a total cost to company package (no fringe benefits). The salary will be dependent on a candidate’s experience and demonstrated skills, and we anticipate a final compensation package ranging between R250 000 - R350 000 depending on the candidate.
Apply online, refer to http://www.tfaforms.com/270922.
Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
After reviewing submitted applications, we anticipate calling back a small number of potential candidates for individual interviews via phone or in-person (if possible). A final shortlist of candidates will ideally be interviewed in person in Cape Town in early-February. We are happy to answer additional questions directly (see Contact Information below), but all interested applicants must use the online form to apply for the position.
# Frequently asked questions
Q: I am not a South African citizen but I’m interested in applying for this position. Will you sponsor a work visa for me?
A: We are looking for candidates who have the ability to begin working immediately in South Africa without the need for additional work permits.
Q: I’ve read about the Indaba platform you use; it sounds exciting, but do I need to be a techie?
A: No; in fact, we’re building Indaba so that we can eliminate the need for dedicated programming and database management skills on staff. If you can use a mouse on a computer, you can use Indaba.
Q: You use the word “data” often in describing your work. Do I need to have statistical and/or econometric skills to apply for this position?
A: No, though familiarity with and/or command of basic statistical and econometric skills is welcomed. We tend to view the data we generate as an entry point to what are often highly political, qualitative discussions and policy choices around governance reform. We have less faith in the ability of multivariate regressions or factor analyses to shed meaningful light on those discussions in practice.
Q: Do I need to be an anti-corruption “specialist” to apply for this position?
A: No, though familiarity with issues of governance, transparency, and corruption are preferred.
Enquiries: Managing Director, Hazel Feigenblatt, e-mail: hazel.feigenblatt AT globalintegrity.org, Ph. 1 202 449 5160.
For more about Global Integrity, refer to www.globalintegrity.org.
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Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) performance audits provide an impartial assessment of the compliance level of an NGO with international best practices and establish a framework towards continuous improvement.
The application of a voluntary standard of NGO accountability aims to assess performance and compliance levels against a comprehensive set of objectively measurable criteria, organised under different perspectives so as to be ‘readable’ by any stakeholder. Quantifying results enables progress measurements at regular intervals, and this can be translated into an internal management tool for continuous improvement purposes.
By applying such a system, the grantee can detect risks and weaknesses and correct them before it is too late. This should be paramount for those grantors preoccupied by the transparent, efficient and effective use of their financing.
Benefits of the NGO Benchmarking Performance Audit
Ensuring the transparency, integrity and performance of an NGO is of crucial importance to stakeholders such as donors, beneficiaries, contractors or local authorities. Second-party audits, where the auditors have a stake in the organisation they are auditing, do not always guarantee strict objectivity. A neutral third-party audit is the best way of providing an impartial, comprehensive understanding of an NGOs accountability.
The audit we conduct establishes a clear reference framework which can be used as the basis for future audits to measure how the NGO has improved. It can also be used to help position the NGO against other organisations working in the same sector or region.
The NGO benchmarking methodology
Our NGO benchmarking standard has been designed to provide independent assessment of an NGOs conformity to international best practice and to demonstrate its mastery of risk. We assess performance against 101 objectively verifiable indicators, which have been selected from international standards. We then group these into four key perspectives:
- Dimensions of best practices:
- Governing body;
- Strategic framework;
- Integrity management;
- Communication, Advocacy and public image;
- Human resources;
- Fund-raising, resources allocation and financial controls;
- Outcomes; and
- Continuous improvement.
- Contributors’ expectations;
- Management components; and
- Continuous improvement.
- Detailed scores for each perspective;
- Indication of strengths and improvement opportunities; and
- Recommendations, corrective and preventive actions.
Contact us to find out more about how NGO Performance audit services can provide a comprehensive neutral assessment of NGO accountability, transparency and effective continuous improvement.
For more information contact:
Manager: Internal Audit Services
For more about UBAC, refer to www.ubac.co.za.
I have attended many conferences, where various organisations provided attendees with well covered and attractive annual reports. These reports are also very often made available on their websites, making them accessible to a larger audience. This effort aimed at encouraging transparency and accountability is well-intended and applauded. It is essential that the nonprofit sector not only preach accountability, but also walk the talk, leading by example.
However, it is imperative that it is questioned to whom we are accountable-donors, funders and the general public. What about those whom these organisations are meant to serve? Is enough effort made to ensure that organisations account to them as well? After all, organisations do not exist merely for the sake of existing. Nonprofit organisations come into existence because of certain needs in a particular society. So it makes sense that those whose lived experiences and needs, lead to the birth of particular programmes and organisations are kept well informed on the work of organisations operating in their communities. Excluding them from the processes of transparency and accountability borders on the exploitation of their needs and suffering.
This may seem harsh, but considering that organisations are not funded to merely exist but to serve a particular group of people, it only seems fair that that group of people is aware not only of the operations of the organisations, but also how funds secured in their name are used.
It may seem an unfair burden to place on already overburdened and sometimes understaffed organisations. However, not doing so amounts to the same thing as a government accountable to the party in power, rather than the citizens of the state - something often called out by many organisations involved in advocacy work. Apart from the need to ‘walk the talk’, there is a need for the nonprofit sector to transform from being an industry that decides what is best for the poor and vulnerable to something that allows people to reclaim their dignity by exercising their agency. Accounting to those served would be a great start to achieving this. The sector provides valuable services to many in the country, as such, every effort should be made to ensure that it takes the steps required to literally ‘be the change it works to achieve’.
- Koketso Moeti can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, refer to http://about.me/koketsomoeti.
Corruption and inefficiency in government contracting will probably always be with us. But by introducing greater transparency in the the contracting process, we can dramatically reduce this burden. This idea is at the heart of Open Contracting, a movement to advocate for publishing of government contracts.
The World Bank Institute is stewarding a growing network of civil society, business and government leaders working to promote Open Contracting. In order to ensure that the network is as smart and effective as it can possibly be, we are "opening up" Open Contracting by inviting wide participation to map out a success vision, and to set key performance indicators.
You are invited to be part of this innovative effort to crowdsource the development of the Open Contracting movement by answering 10 microsurveys over the next 10 weeks that will be administered by Keystone Accountability.
Each microsurvey will take you less than one minute to answer.
WBI will share the findings from the surveys in a report in early November 2012.
You can register your interest by following this link - www.keystoneaccountability.org/node/473.
Please also share this invitation with others who may be interested.
- The Corruption Watch Board has noted the ongoing tensions between the Public Protector and cabinet ministers regarding her report on the upgrade of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence.
The Public Protector’s powers and functions are regulated by our Constitution. The office is subject only to the Constitution and the law. It must remain impartial and exercise its powers and perform its functions without fear, favour or prejudice. All organs of state (which include all government departments, whether national, provincial or local, and all people who are exercising public power in terms of the Constitution or any law including government ministers) are required by the Constitution to assist and protect the Public Protector in order to ensure her independence, impartiality, dignity and effectiveness.
The Board of Corruption Watch notes that the Minister of Public Works, Thulas Nxesi has publicly acknowledged that the upgrade of President Zuma’s Nkandla residence was characterised by irregularities. In the light of this admission, the Board notes with concern the reliance on ‘state security’ as a basis for the Cabinet ministers’ challenge to the release of the report by the Public Protector to interested and affected parties. The Board is deeply concerned that this approach avoids the key issues of possible wasteful expenditure and the flouting of procurement rules - neither of which fall within the ambit of national security.
Given that security considerations in the Nkandla upgrade are not concerned with the amount of money spent or the disregard of public procurement rules, the Corruption Watch Board views the ministers’ actions, including the assertion that they are the final decision-makers on all security-related matters, as having the effect of shielding any unlawful activity that may have been uncovered by the Public Protector from public view.
If the result of the ongoing tensions is that the Public Protector is impeded or hampered in her probe into Nkandla, this will severely undermine her ability to perform her functions without fear or favour and in turn has the potential to harm our democracy and undermine our Constitution.
The Corruption Watch Board calls for transparency and accountability to ensure that anyone who has acted unlawfully is held to account. In this regard, the Board calls for respect of the office of the Public Protector in carrying out its Constitutionally-mandated duties.
- Corruption Watch Board. For more information contact, Archbishop Ndungane, Chairperson of the Board, Tel: 082 894 1523.
The Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the arms deal has been postponed to 21 October 2013, following the Right2Know (R2K) campaign’s call for a fully transparent process at the commission to expose alleged corruption and abuses of power linked to the arms deal.
R2K states that it was concerned by reports of attempts by the Seriti Commission to limit the public's right to know.
The campaign mentioned an apparent secrecy surrounding the list of Armscor witnesses and the limited access to witness statements, and believes that the limited cross-examination of witnesses risked the commission being depicted as a one-sided process.
To read the article titled, “Seriti commission postponed,” click here.Source:SABC News
The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) says that Parliament's plans to review the Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill) in two days makes a mockery of its duty to correct the contentious draft law.
The lobby group says that President Jacob Zuma had rightly referred the official Secrecy Bill back to the National Assembly on advice that it is unconstitutional, but that the problems are too severe to be fixed by the deadline.
Meanwhile, R2K spokesperson, Murray Hunter, is of the view that, "All MPs now have an important opportunity to fix the problems with the Secrecy Bill's constitutionality."
To read the article titled “Info bill review a sham - Right2Know,” click here.Source:Times Live