Five, no it’s not a small number. That is the amount of websites I have counted (in the last five minutes) that belong to NGO's whose websites I would like to present with a HOSPICE PLUS award at the next SANGONeT Conference and its a sad sad situation as they have not been updated for more than a year. When you attend meetings and/or receive newsletters, a wonderful picture is painted, whilst I don’t doubt that these organisations are doing amazing work, if you can’t do it well don’t do it at all.
Its time for NGO's to begin operating sleek operations and not along shoddy/shady lines. (ag shame we're a charity operation style.) and use this as an excuse to deliver poor workmanship.
This sector needs to be governed to fall in line with best practices (read: defined outcomes, time frames, accountability and reporting structures.). Well as they say, the proof of the pudding is in this case in the website. Last updated more than a year ago; these websites resemble frail, sickly organisations which proudly boast that the LATEST minutes are available.....November 2005. Uh huh. Excuses are becoming lame. If an NGO makes a decision to enter the www. it should be a case of, if you can’t do it properly than don’t do it at all. In my view SANGONeT is placed in a prime position to act as an advisory body or unit to NGO's SEEKING TO ENTER THE WWW OR ENHANCE THIER WEB PRESENCE.
There is nothing more depressing than needing info in a hurry and checking out the site only to read at the bottom.... Last updated January 2004. I mean really now. SNAIL MAIL ANYONE?