Latest editorial: Civil Society, SA Giving Report, Child Safety…
In this week’s edition of NGO Pulse, we look at a follow up of a call for the renewal of the South African Non-Government Organisation (NGO) sector pledge and activism, Charities Aid Southern Africa (CAF SA) talks about the continuous rise of the spirit of giving in South Africa and we also have a look at child safety around the world.
Following the call published last week, for the first consultative forum to kick-start the renewal journey, the first forum will take place in Johannesburg, 29 March 2018, details for the venue will be announced in due course.
The South Africa Giving 2017 report reveals that individuals in South Africa, particularly the younger generation continue to give off their time and money to assist others and communities in need, even despite the challenging economic circumstances. The report details the different ways that people in South Africa donate and volunteer, how much money on average is donated by individuals and to which causes they give to. The report also reveals that eight out of ten of those surveyed had given money in the past 12 months, either to a non-profit organisation or charity, a church or other religious organisation, or by sponsoring someone, out of those who had donated in the past four weeks the typical amount given was R500, whilst the average donation was R1,306 over the period.
There are reports of abuses carried out by aid sector workers in Haiti and other places and these allegations include the abuse of children. When it comes to a problem as highly charged as the abuse of vulnerable children, legal restrictions and safeguarding measures are frequently ridiculed principally because they do not provide headlines to match the problems they’re designed to solve. But without them, guaranteed long-term improvements are close to impossible.
It is recommended that people working for NGOs need to understand what to do if they suspect or know that abuse has been perpetrated, and that can only be achieved with tough systemic reforms. Every organisation has a responsibility to ensure that children are safeguarded from harm. They must make sure that their staff, operations, and programmes do not harm children, that they do not expose them to the risk of harm and abuse. That means they are obliged to report any safety concerns to the authorities in the communities where they’re working.
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