Earthlife Africa Jhb
7th of May 2007
Earthlife Africa Jhb
7th of May 2007
Making & Maintaining Relationships for Sustainability
Fundraising experts agree: “fundraising is friend-raising”. The importance of building strong relationships with donors for financial sustainability is widely acknowledged. However, the issue of building relationships for sustainability beyond traditional donor engagement is an area that requires greater attention.
onPhilanthropy, 3 May 2007.
In his article, Tom Watson, Publisher of onPhilanthropy considers the changing definitions of foundations. He argues that the question should not be whether if old-line traditional foundations can compete in the changing world of philanthropy, but rather it should be whether they should compete at all?
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The Star, 2 May 2007.
According to Earthlife Africa (ELA), a membership driven NGO of environmental and social justice activists, the nuclear debate is being ignored at great risk to everyone in South Africa.
In a letter to the Star newspaper, the organisation’s Judith Taylor says in April, they showed the film Chernobyl Heart plus a documentary on Pelindaba and Koeberg at the Goethe Institute, showing the disadvantages of using nuclear technology to produce electricity.
Nonprofit Online News, 2 May 2007.
According to a recent Washington Post report, most Hurricane Katrina aid from international governments and organisations went unclaimed due to failure by the US government to collect most of the international cash assistance for Katrina's victims.
IPS Health, 2 May 2007.
According to a paper presented by Ahmed Nejjar of the World Health Organisation (WHO) at a conference looking at water management, 25 countries in Africa are expected to experience water scarcity or water stress in the next 20 to 30 years.
IPS News, 30 April 2007.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 25 African countries are expected to experience water scarcity or water stress in the next two or three decades.
Speaking at a two-day conference on Water Management Africa 2007 in Pretoria last week, WHO’s Ahmed Nejjar said the scarcity translates into 16 percent or 230 million of Africa's population facing water scarcity by 2025, and 32 percent or 460 million people living in water-stressed countries by that time.
Carbon offsets are the modern day indulgences, sold to an increasingly carbon conscious public to absolve their climate sins. Scratch the surface, however, and a disturbing picture emerges, where creative accountancy and elaborate shell games cover up the impossibility of verifying genuine climate change benefits, and where communities in the South often have little choice as offset projects are inflicted on them.
In response to the Horn of Africa drought, a consortium of NGOs led by Oxfam GB and Horn Relief implemented an emergency cash intervention targeting pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in south-west Somalia in May 2006. The intervention took place in areas of greatest humanitarian need, highlighted by the Food Security Analysis Unit (FSAU) of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). They were also the areas of least humanitarian coverage, partly due to the perceived difficulties of working there – insecurity and poor roads are particular constraints.
Michael Hopkins asks why the notion of 'sustainable development' took so long to enter the development lexicon and how the idea has been transformed in its encounter with reality. Hopkins points out that although the sentiment of sustainable development has passed into common use, the process it has taken for action to accompany this sentiment shows that even key issues often need long-term planning, patient organisation, hard work, and timing before they move onto the global agenda.