Services for South African Rape Victims Come Under Threat

South African newspapers recently reported that organisations supported by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria face severe funding cuts.
This follows a decision from the United States-based organisation to limit its funding to the eight areas in South Africa that have recorded the highest prevalence of HIV.

The Gap in South Africa's Transparency Regime

The last time the United Democratic Movement’s Bantu Holomisa lodged a complaint with the Public Protector, it led to the eventual resignation of the chair of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Advocate Pansy Tlakula, who was found to be presiding over an ‘unmanaged conflict of interest.’

Donor Funds: NGOs Fail to Account

According to a senior official of a regulatory board, millions of dollars sent to various non-governmental organisations in Kenya by donors cannot be accounted for.
NGO Coordination Board, executive director, Fazul Mohammed Yusuf, says the money, in excess of 23.6 billion Kenyan shillings (about US$224 391 450), could not be accounted for in the 2014 financial year.
Yusuf says they are also pursuing some organisations suspected to be financing acts of terrorism.

Some NGOs Not Sustainable Beyond Donor Funding

Malawi has almost 500 non-governmental organisations - most of which are funded by international donors - but many of these organisations do not work closely with local communities, so when they leave, projects collapse.
After working in the Mulanje district for 15 years, World Vision stopped facilitating a project that provided vulnerable children with school materials and basic healthcare, and the local community with low-cost maize.

Govt Allocates R204m to Black Farmers

Multi-million rand funding for emerging black farmers has been approved by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.

Thirty-one projects valued at R146 million have been earmarked for farm recapitalisation.

According to the department, land has been acquired across all nine provinces under the Proactive Land Acquisition Strategy (PLAS) and “This development was expected to benefit 5 108 applicants.”

Lack of Funding Hinders Development

The chairperson of Botswana’s Organisation of Wildlife Victims Welfare (OWVW), Oefile Tladi, says that lack of funding for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) hinders their development.
Tladi argues that despite lack of funding and manpower, OWVW is determined to reach its mandate and objectives of reducing deaths or injuries caused by wild animals and increasing safety in wild life areas by conducting public education.

Struggling NGOs Slam Minstrel Funding

Struggling welfare groups, buckling under a lack of funding, have slammed the National Lotteries Board for the R56 million handed to a Cape minstrel group since 2011.

While the association thrives, groups such as the Treatment Action Campaign, which previously benefitted from lotteries board funding but announced last month they desperately needed to raise R10 million to keep afloat, have to do their own fundraising.

Donors Launch New Innovation Fund to Catalyse Change in Early Learning in SA: The Innovation Edge

Several national and international donors have joined forces to inspire and enable bold new initiatives with the potential to transform early learning access and quality in South Africa. Bold ideas for early learning are invited from all sectors and may include anything from new delivery models or smarter financing mechanisms to innovation in the use of technology for training, early learning activities or parent interaction.

Gates Criticised for Spending Less on Africa

According to John Vidal, African non-governmental organisations received just four percent of Bill Gates’ money for agriculture work, with 75 percent for United States organisations.

Vidal says that most of the US$3 billion that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given to benefit hungry people in the world’s poorest countries has been spent in the United States, Britain and other rich countries, with only around 10 percent spent in Africa.

Hard Rock Cafe Fundraises for Mandela Hospital

Hard Rock Cafe International, chief executive officer, Hamish Dodds, says the late President Nelson Mandela was fond of children therefore they decided to help raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

Dodds believes building a hospital for children was Mandela's dream, adding that, "We support numerous campaigns around the world, but we also encourage all our regional and local city entities to also identify causes that really make sense to them. I think this one is particularly important for us because Nelson Mandela was such a global ambassador."


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