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You are invited to the NASCEE Virtual Conference 2020

With the theme of #CollaboratingForChange, the conference aims to build community and capacity around collaborative practice. Expect stimulating plenary conversations, reflective discussions, skills-building workshops and an exciting keynote address.

Please be sure to: RSVP TO ATTEND by 19 October 2020. Conference access link to follow on confirmation.

JOIN NASCEE and get to attend the conference for half the price.
Cost: R300.00 for non-members and R150.00 for members. More information to follow!

The 2019 conference left us all wanting to further explore collaboration, and so with this conference, we want to illustrate the power of working together to address our challenges in Education!

Do you want to know how your NGO is coping with the COVID crisis? Do you want to know, with certainty, how to emerge more resilient? Would you like to offer your donors a clear map of how you will emerge stronger? Do you want to attract more donors because you have a global standard report, a proven toolkit, and certified skills to match? You can with the AfricaXTRA toolkit.
 
A simple, effective tool for NGO's organizational Stress test matched to skills training. Closeout 2020 with a certified capacity building that makes you resilient for 2021. AfricaXTRA is an organisational stress test with a tailored risk and resilience report matched to skills and training.  

Our thought partners Dasra, (www.dasra.org) have offered AfricaX exclusive rights to the tools for Africa. It has been deployed and tested with Harvard Business School and Ashoka University. 
AfricaX has created an innovative solution so that South Africa civil society can emerge resilient from COVID 19. This unique and fully tailored toolkit gives every NGO, CSR and /or organisation a clear gap analysis and risk and resilience profile report which is then matched to skills and training online courses. We call this AfricaXTRA and together, with our thought partners, we can ride the waves of change with skill and confidence.

 This ground-breaking tool means that you can quickly and easily find the gaps and start with carefully matched capacity building skills from a curated library of over 120 certified courses. Our project partners are edX, including Harvard and Stanford University, Philanthropy University, the Sustainable Development Goals Academy and Funzi. 
 Register today and start your tailored toolkit and training workshops. Apply here https://africax.global/africaxtra.html

Each module includes:

  • Every organisation receives a clear decision framework with a risk and resilience matrix report called the Toolkit.
  • Every person receives a certificate on completion from a globally recognised institution like Harvard Business School, Sustainable Development Goals Academy, World Bank, Philanthropy University, Funzi and more.
  • Choice of 2 certified courses from the Blue Library.
  • Unlimited certified courses from the Green Library.
  • Cost is R6,000 excl VAT per organisation. 

The immediate impact of COVID-19 on African civil society organisations (CSOs) was swift, widespread and destabilizing. This is one of the main findings of the Africa CSO COVID-19 Survey that @AfricanNGOs and EPIC-Africa implemented between 28 April and 15 May 2020. A total of 1 015 CSOs from 44 African countries participated in the survey.

Based on the survey findings, we are pleased to release, “The Impact of COVID-19 on African Civil Society Organizations – Challenges, Responses and Opportunities”, the first report that focuses exclusively on the impact of COVID-19 on African CSOs.

Click here to download the full report.

It presents an overview of the dual challenges confronting African CSOs of keeping their organizations afloat, while also responding to the needs of the communities in which they operate. It also highlights opportunities that emerged from the crisis, and crucial challenges that need to be addressed in support of the recovery and sustainability of African CSOs.

The report fills a critical knowledge gap and offers funders, governments, the private sector and other strategic stakeholders the necessary data-based evidence to inform their engagement with African CSOs, both during and after the pandemic. It also provides CSOs with a tool to help strengthen solidarity and inform advocacy for greater recognition and support for the sector.

Some of the key findings from the survey include:

  • 98% of respondents confirmed that they had been adversely affected;
  • 55.69% has already experienced a loss of funding, while 66.46% expect to lose funding in the next 3 to 6 months;
  • 49.87% have introduced measures to reduce costs because of the loss of funding, or the uncertainty about future funding;
  • 77.97% of respondents indicated that COVID-19 would have a devastating impact on the sustainability of many CSOs.

The majority of respondents (84.48%) confirmed that they were not prepared to cope with the disruption caused by the pandemic. 69.34% had to reduce or cancel their operations, while 54.94% expect this to continue over the next 3 to 6 months.

Adding to the challenges facing CSOs, they are also not receiving the necessary support from national governments. In addition to excluding CSOs from emergency funding mechanisms, 71.58% of respondents believed that governments had failed to recognize and utilize local CSOs’ skills, experience and networks in response to COVID-19.
Despite the impact on their operations, African CSOs have been at the forefront of the response to COVID-19. 84.77% of respondents introduced new program activities, with 71.94% self-funding these activities. 85.47% stated that they could have done more if capacity or funding constraints were not a barrier.

African CSOs are also demonstrating resilience and agility as they adapt to changing circumstances. They have identified some key opportunities as they seek to cope with the pandemic. These include leveraging domestic funding sources, building sector solidarity and accelerating digital transformation.

It is still too early to comprehend the full impact of COVID-19 on African CSOs, especially as the pandemic is still spreading. However, the impact will be long-lasting as COVID-19 has exacerbated historical and ongoing challenges that hamper the sector. If left unattended, a significant number of CSOs will close down, people working in the sector will lose their jobs, and the various constituencies that depend on CSOs’ services and advocacy interventions will suffer the consequences.

Still, many CSOs remain optimistic about the future. 45.06% of respondents felt that they would emerge stronger and more agile after the pandemic, while 68.08% felt that COVID-19 would result in greater public appreciation for their work.

@AfricanNGOs and EPIC-Africa will implement a follow-up survey in late 2020 to assess the evolving impact of COVID-19 on African CSOs.

(@AfricanNGOs is a Twitter account, moderated by David Barnard, that covers news and information for and about NGOs in Africa & EPIC-Africa is a Senegal-based, pan-African organization that seeks to strengthen the ecosystem for philanthropy in Africa)

For some time we have been talking about the 4th Industrial Revolution (4th IR) and how it will change the way we live and work. There was a focus on job losses as well as opportunities that will come along. I want to link the world after COVID-19 to the 4th IR. Why? Because some companies had to come to a complete halt as there were no resources and strategies in place to assist employees with working from home. We have many companies in SA that do not provide their staff with laptops and some do but fail to provide internet connection. This could be because of costs or that there has never been a need for them.

Businesses need to start thinking about implementing working from home as well as the resources they will need to ensure that staff remains productive. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, sent an email to staff notifying them that they can continue working from home forever if they want to. Of course, they had adopted the work-from-home model way before lockdown and this put them in a position of advantage when lockdown hit.

A lot of honest conversations need to take place when organizations decide to implement the work-from-home model. Are employees productive for the full 8/9 hours a day? Do certain issues need to be discussed only in meetings or can they be communicated through email? How will we measure productivity when employees are not in the office? What costs are associated with employees working remotely? What about employees that prefer being in an office environment, do we still keep the offices open?

Various tools can be used to monitor employees’ active times throughout the day. For the model to be effective there needs to be a trusting relationship between employer and employee. You can start by allowing employees to work remotely once or twice a week and as the trust grows the hours will also increase.

We cannot deny that the world has changed, we need to be able to change with it. Old techniques might not yield the same results they once did. I believe that in as much as the pandemic has been disruptive for many, it also became a learning curve for most.

The aim to help rural arears with food parcels, since this lockdown started there are families that are strugling in rural arears so food parcels for them will help them to survive this disaster we are facing as a Nation wide.

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