Further to the SANGONeT NGO Pulse Newsletter issue No. 144 dated 1 October 2008, I would like to comment as follows:
The Umhlaba Consulting Group has an online organisational climate survey designed to assist managers particularly in NGOs to assess the climate in their organisations on an ongoing basis. The tool takes the form of an online questionnaire that has a number of questions dealing with ten organisational themes including management and leadership, organisational culture, staff remuneration etc.
The media’s role in supporting democracy and development has long debated. Increasingly, this debate has extended to how activists use media to advance their own agendas. Objectivity is one of the core principles of journalism. Yet, everyone comes from a certain historical, ideological, and experiential background. Journalists, like anyone else can be passionate about certain causes, and have opinions. On the other hand, activists who effectively use media can advance their own issues and causes, to advocate for change.
On 24 August 2007, the Department of Provincial and Local Government (DPLG) met with various civil society organisations (CSOs) in Johannesburg to review the ‘Policy Process on the System of Provincial and Local Government'. The gathered organisations were asked to provide inputs that will help develop and review the process of formulating a new White Paper on provincial government.