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Quote of the week
"The WTO [World Trade Organisation] will need a strong hand to guide it through the current impasse over the Doha Development Round and to ensure that the organisation remains relevant in a rapidly changing global economy."
- Peter Draper, Senior Research Fellow, Catherine Grant, Head of the Economic Diplomacy Programme, South African Institute of International Affairs.
Comment of the week
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M&E, Child Rights, WTO…
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) should invest in the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of their development initiatives. Improved M&E skills and capacity offers NGOs an opportunity to better monitor the impact of their work and maintain quality control.
In this week’s edition of NGO Pulse, Zani Naudé Lamb, a M&E specialist working with community-based organisations in Cape Town, offers practical tips on how NGOs can maintain a M&E system amidst resource constraints. Lamb states that as a starting point, NGOs should get clarity on the role of M&E, the reasons why data is collected, how they could report on the M&E data, and the role that M&E plays in programme management. While she admits that her tips are just the starting point of a broader discussion, she urges NGOs to identify opportunities to maintain a M&E system on what she calls a ‘shoestring budget’.
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In another related development, Koketso Moeti, a NGO Pulse Portal user, criticises the use of words such as ‘competition’ and ‘competitive’ which are increasingly being used to describe the nonprofit sector. Moeti believes that irrespective of their different areas of focus, NGOs should not react to the funding crisis by competing with each other for resources, but rather take proactive measures to protect the beneficiaries.
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Peter Draper, senior research fellow and Catherine Grant, head of the Economic Diplomacy Programme at the South African Institute for International Affairs, write about the race for the position of Director-General (DG) of the World Trade Organisation. They are of the view that South Africa could be in a difficult position if rumours are true that the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, might be nominated for this position when the term of the incumbent ends in August 2013. As they explain, this is because BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), of which SA is a member, has not yet agreed on a process for backing candidates to lead international institutions. However, they maintain that the new DG should be someone with a clear vision about what s/he seeks to achieve in order to provide member states with a framework for action.
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In our last article, Butjwana Seokoma, an information manager at SANGONeT, reflects on the 2nd Southern Africa Conference on Children’s Rights and the need for civil society organisations in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region to ensure that all member states put children’s issues on their national agendas. Seokoma notes that while the current era has been declared ‘Africa’s moment’, it has never been a moment for African children. He reiterates the call by activists to recognise children as full citizens who should enjoy the rights guaranteed by their constitutions, as well as regional, continental and other relevant conventions.
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Lastly, we have decided to postpone the release of the Prodder Directory in print until the next SANGONeT Conference in March 2013. More information about the event will be available in the next few weeks. The delay in the release of Prodder presents more NGOs with the opportunity to either advertise in the publication or book business card listings.
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