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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'.

Autonomy or Dependence

Autonomy or Dependence: Case Studies of North-South NGO Partnerships explores the concept and practice of ‘partnership’ between NGOs in the North and South. Based on a rigourous four-year study, the book draws together the perspectives of a group of European NGOs and compares these with the experiences of a selection of their partners in Brazil, Cambodia and Tanzania. The authors look ahead to how partnerships are changing as networks and alliances of Northern and Southern civil society organisations join together to work on common issues.

2008 Global Accountability Report

The results of this report indicate that if global organisations are to be part of the solution to global challenges, there needs to be a change in their approaches to accountability. Global actors need to start implementing reforms which increase the quality of their accountability policies and systems. Specifically, they need to tackle the more challenging accountability reforms which truly empower external stakeholders to hold an organisation to account.

2009 Forecast: Resilience and Change in Uncertain Times

Non Profit Organisations (NPOs) know how to cope in troubled financial times. But we also need to be realistic and ask ourselves, are we are in a recession yet? Is the full force of its might starting to bite or is this the calm before the storm? Will the global downturn hinder development in South Africa? We are in uncertain times.

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