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Mugabe Slams Aid Tied to Gay Rights

Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, says his country will not accept aid from countries or organisations pushing for the acceptance of gays and lesbian marriages.

Mugabe says that any aid with conditions of acceptance of gays was filthy and would be rejected, adding that, "If aid is to be given on the basis that we accept the principles of gay marriages, let the aid stay where it is, it's rotten, filthy aid and should not come to our country anyway."

Too Important to Fail - It’s a Question of Trust

Today, 17 January 2016, marks the launch of a groundbreaking report “Too Important to Fail – Addressing the Humanitarian Financing Gap’ urging the global community to rethink the way they finance, distribute and document spending on humanitarian aid. Commissioned by the United Nations secretary-general ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in May, it details the drivers behind a diverse array of proposed changes in the status quo and lays out key recommendations for increasing effectiveness, efficiency and transparency.

NGOs’ Humanitarian Needs for 2016

There is one prediction for 2016 that most aid workers can make with confidence - that the year will usher in rising humanitarian needs.

Besides displacement caused by long-term conflicts in places like Syria and South Sudan, there is also the threat of more violence in Central African Republic and hunger caused by El Nino, which is expected to bring more drought to already-parched southern regions in Africa and potential flooding in the east.

NSFAS Issues Call for 2016 Applications

While government scrambles to free up funds to make up for a shortfall caused by the announcement of a freeze in university fee increases‚ the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) issued a final call for 2016 applications for funding.

Those needing assistance to study at selected public universities and technical vocation and education teaching (TVET) colleges in the 2016 academic year have until 30 November 2015 to submit applications.

US$43m for Food Relief for Zimbabwe

Britain and the United States have reportedly launched a programme to rescue at least 650 000 Zimbabwean hunger victims, with the two countries pledging to provide up to US$43m for food aid.

This came as the World Food Programme (WFP) says in August that around 1.5 million Zimbabweans were expected to go hungry this year after a dramatic fall in maize production.

Youth Critical in Achieving SDGs

Shingai Nyoka says that new development targets – Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - will be set at the United Nations General Assembly underway in New York.
 
As heads of states sign off on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations (UN) says an investment of US$3 trillion will be needed to successfully implement the SDGs over the next 15 years. 
 
Meanwhile, UN resident coordinator, Bishow Parajuli, has warned Zimbabwe that the SDGs will not be met from the national budget and development aid alone.
 

Gift of the Givers Turns 23

Aid organisation, Gift of the Givers, has sent out a special thank you to its staff, donors, media, organisations and ordinary contributors as it celebrates its 23rd birthday.

Founder, Imtiaaz Sooliman, says there would be no party or cutting of a cake rather just thankfulness that the organisation has been able to serve those in dire need across the world.

NYDA Introduces Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund

In the quest to address the challenge of youth unemployment and access to education, the National Youth Development Agency is introducing the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund.

The R10 million is made available for financial assistants to youth in enabling them to pursue quality education in an institution of higher learning.

NYDA chairperson, Yershen Pillay, says applicants must be in their first year of study and that they must have achieved an average of 70 percent to be considered for the scholarship.

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