Rural development

Rural Education, Awareness and Community Health

Exposing Sexual Disparities in Farming Communities

Rural Education, Awareness and Community Health (REACH) was established to respond to the heightening levels of sexual harassment evident in South Africa’s rural farming communities.

In the context of sexual harassment, the organisation raises awareness of the prevalence of sexual and domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse and HIV/AIDS in Western Cape’s rural farming communities.

Biowatch SA: Government Support for Traditional Farmers in Limpopo

13 August 2007

National, provincial and local government departments of Agriculture and Water Affairs and Forestry and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) have pledged their support for the Phadima Agricultural Association in Sekhukhune in Limpopo.

The Association comprises seven farming groups who are engaged in growing traditional crops and saving seeds from these.

NMF and Partners Launch Rural Education Institute

UNICEF, 7 August 2007.

A partnership between the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF), Fort Hare University and the Eastern Cape government has led to the establishment of the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development.

The institute is aimed at providing education for all of South Africa's children, especially children from rural areas. It will provide leadership training for both learners and teachers in rural areas, as well as development research for disadvantaged areas.

SA's CDM Project Promotes Energy Efficient Adaptation

Engineering News, 6 August 2007.

South Africa's first internationally registered Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project, which was developed by the NGO SouthSouthNorth SSN, is promoting the potential for the energy-efficient adaptation of all South African low-cost housing.  

The Kuyasa Project has already adapted ten pilot houses, thereby ensuring the effectiveness of efficiency measuring systems, and the retrofitting of the remaining 2 300 houses has started.

Generating Local Resources

Many NGOs focus their attention on seeking funds from international agencies and foundations. They forget that the best, most stable, and easiest sources of funding are often close to home. An outstanding guide created by CeSHRA – the Center for Sustainable Human Rights Action speaks to this very issue.

For more information, click here (PDF file).

Faith Based Organisations and NGOs Critise Land Reform Hold-Ups

AllAfrica.com, 2 July 2007.

At a recent conference called by the South African Council of Churches, faith-based organisations and NGOs voiced their disappointment with the lack of progress in land reform as mapped by the government’s National Land Summit two years ago.

The conference was attended by the Human Rights Commission and more that 50 community based organisations who called for a review of the Extension of Security Tenure Act.

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