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.
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.
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.
Nigerian CSOs have been offered an opportunity for better involvement in policy formulation and implementation.
The offer was made by the special adviser to the president on relations with the civil society, Chineme Ume-Ezeoke, who set a new agenda for CSOs to help foster a robust relationship between the groups and government.
The South African NGO Network (SANGONeT) has announced the winners of the 2008 NGO Web Awards.
The top three websites for the 2008 NGO Web Awards are:
The Rwandan government has warned unregistered international NGOs to register by March next year or face closure.
The country’s head of the nationality and NGOs department, Claudette Umulisa, says at least six NGOs have been notified that they are operating in the country illegally. She did not name the six.
The South African Council of Churches and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa have condemned the recent abduction of journalist and activist Jestina Mukoko by a gang of plain-clothed men suspected to be police operatives.
Open Society chairperson, Musa Hlope, has also criticised the mediation process for tolerating the violence that has continued in Zimbabwe. "No sound mediation will continue while others are being killed. And that’s what the SADC mediation has done", says Hlope.
Internet fundraising in support of the NGO sector in South Africa is gaining momentum.
South African NGOs are increasingly engaged in activities and projects in the rest of Africa. These interventions are the result of South African NGOs' specific know-how and expertise (e.g. conflict resolution, poverty alleviation, etc.), funding arrangements with multi-country partners and objectives and most important, many African countries confronted with and/or NGOs involved in issues of common concern.
The humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe is deteriorating on a daily basis. The cholera outbreak of the past week, as well as chronic food, water and electricity shortages, highlights the challenges facing the people of Zimbabwe. In addition, the collapse of the Zimbabwean currency, spiralling inflation and the gradual disintegration of the security forces are all indications of a situation that is getting more desperate by the day.
Extensive emergency relief efforts will be required over the next few weeks to help stabilise the situation in Zimbabwe.