About NGO Pulse

About NGO Pulse

The NGO Pulse Portal (first established as the SANGONeT NGO Portal on 24 October 2005) represents our strategic response to the challenges facing the local NGO sector. It is the culmination of SANGONeT’s years of experience of working in the online environment.

Since our inception, we have developed a wide range of online resources to highlight development issues in South Africa, the wider Southern African region and the African continent in general.

The NGO Pulse Portal and the weekly NGO Pulse e-newsletter provide a gateway to the South African NGO sector. Its four main objectives are to develop the institutional capacity of the NGO sector through providing information that supports stronger management practises; map NGOs and their activities through Prodder , the most comprehensive database of its kind in Africa; create a community space for civil society exchange; and promote the benefits of ICTs in support of the work of civil society through the SANGOTeCH Technology Donation Portal.

The portal provides NGOs with a mechanism to air their views, while also creating the opportunity for other stakeholders to critique and evaluate the sector. It has become a marketplace where services can be procured and exchanged. It also provides SANGONeT with a strategic mechanism to communicate its activities and services to the NGO sector and other development stakeholders. NGO Pulse provides a gateway to the NGO sector in South Africa, raising the profile of South African NGOs both locally and internationally, and supporting the process of repositioning and strengthening the sector in response to the development challenges facing South Africa.

By the end of February 2013, more than 3.4 million people have visited more than 20 million pages on NGO Pulse. Furthermore, NGO Pulse has more than 12 000 registered users (people with the ability upload and publish information on the portal), while more than 43 000 people subscribe to the weekly NGO Pulse e-newsletter.