NGOs

Defection Tactic May Backfire – Friedman

The University of Johannesburg’s Centre for the Study of Democracy has warned that while members are being passed back and forth among parties and paraded as spoils, this tactic may backfire in terms of its impact on the voter.

The Centre's director, Steven Friedman cautions: "Why make a big deal out of it? I think the danger is that it makes voters cynical about politicians, leaving them [the voter] thinking they [the politicians] are looking out for their own interests."

Defection Tactic May Backfire – Friedman

The University of Johannesburg’s Centre for the Study of Democracy has warned that while members are being passed back and forth among parties and paraded as spoils, this tactic may backfire in terms of its impact on the voter.

The director for the centre, Steven Friedman cautions that, "Why make a big deal out of it? I think the danger is that it makes voters cynical about politicians, leaving them [the voter] thinking they [the politicians] are looking out for their own interests."

Support for Hogan’s Stance on the Dalai Lama

The Helen Suzman Foundation has expressed its support for Health Minister Barbara Hogan’s “principled stance” on the Dalai Lama.

In a press statement, the foundation points out that, “The notion of a minister having a different view from Cabinet on a matter is not unprecedented nor is it unacceptable for that opinion to be voiced publicly.”

“Any censure or other steps that may be taken against Hogan will be deeply unfortunate,” says the foundation.

NGO Pulse: A Tool for Civil Society

A key finding of the 2007 ‘State of ICTs in the South African NGO Sector’ study was that the information and communication technology (ICT) investment of NGOs has been geared primarily towards the administrative running of organisations, rather than to achieving their goals and objectives. As a result, the great potential of ICTs to strengthen and support programmes remained largely untapped by the majority of NGOs.

The Barefoot Guide

The Barefoot Guide is a free and practical, do-it-yourself guide for leaders and facilitators wanting to help organisations to function and to develop in more healthy, human and effective ways as they strive to make their contributions to a more humane society. This guide, with its supporting website, includes tried and tested concepts, approaches, stories and activities.

SJC Wants SAHRC to Join Shaik Parole Court Bid

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) wants the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to join its court bid for a review of how Schabir Shaik was released on medical parole.

The coalition says it wrote to Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour almost two weeks ago and asked him to institute a high court review of the grounds on which Shaik was released.

They also want an independent panel of medical experts nominated by the SAHRC and the Judicial Inspectorate of Prisons to examine Shaik and submit reports to the court.

Sudan Refuses to Reverse Decision on Expelled NGOs

The United Nations (UN) and several members of its security council have urged Sudan to reverse its decision to expel 13 foreign aid groups; the country says it will never back down.

United States Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, told the 15-nation Security Council that, “We urge the international community to press the government of Sudan to reverse its expulsion edict and to ensure it does nothing to worsen an already grave situation."

SANGONeT Arrives in Cape Town

Taking part in the recent SANGONeT NGO Engagement on 12 March 2009 in Cape Town, was both challenging and rewarding. The event introduced representatives from various NGOs to the various web 2.0 features on the new-look NGO Pulse portal.

This interactive event focused on how online spaces can help nonprofits to communicate, share ideas, resources as well as building relationships online.

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