South Africa is still recovering from the effects of the 2016 drought. Most of us now have a heightened awareness of the impacts of droughts, floods and toxic algal blooms in our dams, which are predicted to get worse with climate change. Was this drought the wake-up call we needed to get us ready for a new normal?
Good Governance Africa (GGA) was established in February 2012 as an independent and registered non-profi t organisation with the aim of promoting better governance in Africa and thereby helping to improve the lives of all citizens. Local government in South Africa has contributed to the achievement of a number of signifi cant social and economic development advances, since the ushering in of the new democratic municipal dispensation in December 2000.
Today, a month after its fifth birthday, Corruption Watch releases its fifth annual report. The report celebrates the almost 15 000 whistle-blowers who have approached us during the last half a decade, and also features highlights of what was a busy year for the organisation. This large volume of reports clearly indicates that the South African public are increasingly intolerant of corruption and the abuse of power by those in positions of leadership and are more willing to hold them to account.
The Equal Education Law Centre together with the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute have compiled an easy to read pamphlet on how public schools are funded. How are teachers funded? Why do some schools charge fees? What are conditional grants? Learn more about school funding - and areas needing improvement - in this helpful guide. Click here for the guide.
The Foundation for Human Rights (the Foundation) is a grant-making institution. It supports civil society organisations in South Africa implementing programmes that promote and protect human rights. The Foundation's mission is to address the historical legacy of apartheid, to promote and advance transformation and to build a human rights culture, using the Constitution as a tool.
Despite the damaging vitriol so often found on social media, race relations in South Africa remain sound, says the IRR in a report released in Johannesburg on 7 February 2017. The IRR’s comprehensive field survey of public opinion on racial issues shows that only 3% of South Africans see racism as a serious unresolved problem. Most are far more concerned about unemployment (cited by 40%), poor service delivery (listed by 34%), inadequate housing (18%), crime (15%) and bad education (likewise cited by 15%). This report was published in Johannesburg on 8 February 2017.
On 9th February 2017 President Zuma will deliver the State of the Nation Address (SONA). We expect that media coverage and public debates around the address will focus on the failures of the government and the challenges confronting our country. Regular readers of our reports and users of our briefing services will know just how serious those challenges are. However, those readers will also know that a lot has gone right in South Africa and that the successes we have achieved as a society are often overlooked.
“One of the crucial elements of our constitutional vision is to make a decisivebreak from the unchecked abuse of State power and resources that was virtually institutionalised during the apartheid era. To achieve this goal‚ weadopted accountability‚ the rule of law and the supremacy of the Constitution as values of our constitutional democracy. For this reason‚ public office-bearers ignore their constitutional obligations at their peril.
Trade, Gender and Development - Advocating Inclusive and Gender-Sensitive Economic Development On a Global Level
UNCTAD plays a key role in ensuring that economic policies – trade policy in particular – become instrumental in the achievement of gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.
Climate change increases challenges to women’s and children’s health. There is more likelihood of women and children suffering and dying from problems such as diarrhoea, undernutrition, malaria, and from the harmful effects of extreme weather events, including floods or drought. While women and children in developing countries have made comparatively small contributions to historical carbon emissions, they bear the brunt of the health effects of climate change, both now and in the future.
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