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Wednesday, 30 September, 2015
Quote of the week
"...Using a lean approach to organise how an NPO operates will aid it by helping it to start thinking evaluatively about its strategy and operations..."
- Asgar Bhikoo, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Tshikululu Social Investments.
Comment of the week
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SDGs, NPOs, Violence, SANGOTeCH…
In this week’s edition of NGO Pulse, the United Nations (UN) hosted the Sustainable Development Summit for the adoption of the post-development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals from 25-27 September 2015 in New York, United States of America.
UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, congratulated member-states for adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Ban described the latter as a plan of action for the planet and all people. He said world leaders have collectively committed themselves to furthering sustainable development by eradicating poverty, protecting the planet and achieving a life of dignity for all.
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Asgar Bhikoo, monitoring and evaluation specialist at Tshikululu Social Investments, writes that in the current economic climate, the grant funding pool available to nonprofit organisations (NPOs) has shrunk, a situation that requires NPOs to demonstrate how their activities provide a social return while ensuring that their operations are financially sustainable. Bhikoo discusses the fundamental difference between lean thinking and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and how they can contribute towards addressing the funding, accountability and sustainability requirements of NPOs. He states that the lean approach focuses purely on efficiency and effectiveness to create quality products (and services) by reducing waste in a value chain. M&E emphasises the need to provide better service so that social programmes can offer better services that could make a differences in the lives of the beneficiaries, he says.
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Police Minister, Nkosinathi Nhleko, has presented the 2014/15 Crime Statistics to Parliament. The statistics revealed that murder cases have increased by 4.6 percent, translating into the deaths of 17 805.
In another article, Chandré Gould, senior research fellow at the Institute for Security Studies and Adele Kirsten, who works for Gun Free South Africa, argue that owning a gun has not contributed to the start nor the cause of many people’s criminal careers, but it affects the nature and severity of their crimes. Gould and Kirsten, note that following the passing of the Firearm Control Act in 2000, the proportion of firearm-related homicides has decreased substantially in 2011. However, “…there were still just over three million firearms in the hands of 1.8 million licensed gun owners in South Africa, according to the Central Firearms Registry - and we don’t know how many illegal, unlicensed firearms are in circulation,” they explain. They maintain that the flow of legal guns into criminal hands should be stopped by reducing corruption and fraud in the firearms control management system.
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The African Monitor has urged governments to become citizen-centric: informed by the belief that government exists not as a power over citizens, but exists to serve citizens. African Monitor president, Njongonkulu Ndungane, stresses that citizen satisfaction should become the best measure of government success. Ndungane also says that African governments need to interrogate its means of implementation of the development plans going forward so that they are not based on promises which are unlikely to be delivered.
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Lastly, SANGOTeCH Technology Donation Programme is proud to announce its newest donor partner, Box.org, which provides organisations with the Box file-sharing, content management, and collaboration service. NGOs can use Box's cloud-based storage and collaboration tools to replace traditional on-premises file servers and traditional file-sharing processes. In addition, it provides tools that facilitate programme management, funding development, and global collaboration.
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