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Project Cycle Management Toolkit

The Project Cycle Management: CBO Training Toolkit aims to build the confidence and skills required by CBOs to develop and manage their HIV/AIDS projects more systematically through project cycle management. Authored by CARE and the International HIV Alliance, the toolkit was developed for use by facilitators involved in the training of these CBOs. It can also be used by NGOs/CBOs themselves to implement training within their organisations. It describes a workshop scenario providing a range of participatory activities which can be carried out to build skills.

AIDS Councils as Catalysts for Unlocking Citizen Power

AIDS Councils as Catalysts for Unlocking Citizen Power is a manual that provides information for NGOs to develop and mobilise civil society’s engagement with AIDS councils and build effective governance of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Published by the Institute for Democracy in South Africa, the guide contains a step by step approach to organising a one and a half day workshop.

CBO/FBO Capacity Analysis

CBO/FBO Capacity Analysis is a tool that enables community and faith-based organisations to analyse levels of capacity in different areas of organisational and technical work. Developed by the CORE Initiative, it is designed to facilitate group discussions between members of community based organisations (CBOs) and external facilitators providing capacity building support. It outlines how to organise a visit with a CBO; how to start and facilitate a discussion; how to conduct the analysis; how to document the discussion; and how to follow up the assessment.

ICRC Warns Troops on Women and Children Rights

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned all sides involved in fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that they are legally bound to spare civilians, especially children and women.

In a press statement on the ongoing military operation in the eastern province of Nord-Kivu, the ICRC reminded all parties that they are obliged by international humanitarian law to preserve the lives of civilians and the wounded.

CDRA: Supporting Sovereign Local Organisations

The Community Development Resource Centre (CDRA) is conducting a five-day course on Supporting Sovereign Local Organisations from 20–24 July 2009 in Cape Town.

This is a five-day course working with the core concepts, frameworks and elements of an organisation development practice. The course is aimed at helping experienced practitioners or leaders, in any field, to help them to build a more effective practice for supporting the development of sovereign local organisations.

Voting for a better life

Protests over inadequate or non-existent service delivery continue to be a feature of South Africa’s socio-political landscape. Khutsong, Moutse, Matatiele, Bushbuckridge and other communities, have all reached boiling point, as people took to their demands to the streets.

NGOs Call for Investigation into Israeli Army Conduct

Eight Israeli human hights organisations are demanding an investigation into the conduct of the army during the war in Gaza.

‘We call on the government's legal adviser to act now to the establishment of an independent investigative expertise that can not be questioned,’ the NGO wrote in a statement.

While noting that Israel had been subjected to Palestinian rocket attacks from Ghaza against civilians, which is a serious violation of international law, the NGOs believe that it does not give Israel the right to do the same thing.

Siyakhula Trust: Community Facilitation Programme

Siyakhula Trust is a NGO that assists community leaders, CBOs, NPOs and government officials develop skills so that they can efficiently initiate and manage development and job creation projects to the benefit of the communities they serve. Siyakhula Trust is conducting its practical Community Facilitation Programme in two different centres in South Africa in the months to come.

Striking a Balance

“Striking a Balance: A Guide to Enhancing the Effectiveness of NGOs in International Development” offers analysis and a practical guide to how NGOs can be effective international development. It describes sustainable people-centred development and the processes required to achieve it, focusing on the five factors which determine effectiveness: suitable organisational design; competent leadership and human resources; appropriate external relationships; mobilisation of high quality finance; and the measurement of performance coupled to 'learning for leverage'.

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