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Thursday, 26 October, 2017
Quote of the week
"We strongly believe that individual advocates play an important role in developing a civil society"
- Max Baucus
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Civil Society, Philanthropy, Medium Term Budget…
In this week’s NGO Pulse, we take a look at the 2017 State of Civil Society Report published each year by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation; an international alliance of organisations that span the spectrum of civil society and whose mission is dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society across the world.
The 2017 report focuses on threats and restrictions made to civil society organisations and the current crisis of democracy.
In the report, CIVICUS makes twenty recommendations; ten to the private sector and ten to civil society to improve the relationship between the two institutions. Journalist, Kirsty Weakley writes, “The report said that by improving relationships with the private sector, which often has access to networks that civil society can be excluded from, charities can have more impact.”
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Shelagh Gastrow founder and director of GastrowBloch Philanthropies makes the case that although a recession could result in the tightening of the financial purse strings by grant makers and individual donors, nonprofit organisations (NPOs) are unlikely to feel the effects of this.
“…nonprofits are unlikely to be greatly affected by recession. However, that does not apply in South Africa where philanthropy is being stretched to its limits by the massive needs in our society that are not being met by the state,” Gastrow writes.
Furthermore, Gastrow explains how NGOs can survive during a recession.
“The basis for long-term financial sustainability is building such reserves and having the discipline to avoid temptation to pay out extra funds available for short-term benefits, but rather to save and invest them for a rainy day,” she continues.
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Gigaba revealed that the government’s revenue shortfall is two thirds higher than expected, spending is growing, as is the deficit which will not, as promised, stabilise next financial year. And growth projections are down from a poor 1.3% to a negligible 0.7%.
The Minister’s speech made it clear that the argument that money is simply not available is now an understatement. One casualty might be the nuclear power project on which President Jacob Zuma and his faction seem to have set their hearts.
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