The recently staged Nonprofit Organisations (NPO) Summit hosted by the Department of Social Development may have been another song and dance routine had it not been for the substance of the programme? But will the hoped for resolutions go forth? The theme ‘Working Together to Fight Poverty, Unemployment and Inequality’ was not just about the role of government in addressing social issues but the formation of secure partnerships with nonprofit organisations and the private sector.
The Open Data and Democracy Initiative (ODADI) coalition is hosting its first 48-hour Code4Democracy Hackathon.
Digital activists, designers, developers and data journalists will kickstart South Africa’s open data movement from 4-5 August 2012 in Cape Town at a 48-hour hackathon to build web and software applications that will help make government more accountable.
Traditional funding sources for NGOs are drying up and grants are being reduced due to various factors. Externally, the fact that South Africa is viewed as a middle income economy has resulted in decreased funding opportunities. It has also been noted that the inadequate expenditure of funds by the South African government has contributed to the decrease in donor funding. The recent economic recession has seen some funding organisations in the United States merging to survive, just like their United Kingdom counterparts.
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has recommended to the portfolio committee on justice and constitutional development that government set up special courts to deal with xenophobia-related cases.
The SAHRC, which presented its findings on research into the aftermath of the 2008 xenophobic attacks, found that victims of xenophobia had not received proper justice because there were so few convictions related to the attacks.