13 Things Your Board Must Know About Your NPO

Good governance is the foundation of a successful NPO. Governance can make or break your organisation – if it is great you can fly, if it is poor you can fail.  In NPOs, therefore, we should know as much as possible about the key features of our organisational governance.

But what are they key governance-related facts your Board should have at its fingertips:

Here are the 13 top things your Board must know about your NPO:

Pohamba Wins African Leadership Prize

Namibia's outgoing president, Hifikepunye Pohamba, has won the Mo Ibrahim Foundation's US$5 million African leadership prize, an award meant to recognise good governance that has been presented only three times in eight years.

Announcing the award in Nairobi, the Mo Ibrahim committee praised Pohamba's commitment to the rule of law and his respect for the constitution, as well as his promotion of gender equality.

YMCA Pietermaritzburg: Team Administrator

The YMCA Pietermaritzburg is a registered nonprofit youth development organisation – serving the Pietermaritzburg youth and community since 1875.  Being an affiliate of the South African National Council of YMCA’s, Africa Alliance of YMCA’s and  World Alliance of YMCA’s on a global scale, the organisation’s core mandate is to seek to develop holistic youth leadership development programmes and services building youth in mind, body and spirit.

Africa Urged to Invest in Young Leaders

Kenny Dlamini writes that during the United States of America-Africa Leaders’ summit which took place on August 2014 in Washington, one of the shared commitments outlined by the United Sates and African governments is to increase investment in the next generation; investment in Africa’s youth.

Dlamini says the call to invest in the youth was in line with the theme of the summit ‘Investing in the Next Generation’, which focused on ways of stimulating growth, unlocking opportunities and creating an enabling environment for the next generation.

African Leadership Academy: Human Resources Associate

African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to transform Africa by developing thousands of leaders for the continent over the next few decades. The Academy is founded on the philosophy that a new generation of ethical, committed leaders is the key to Africa’s development. ALA seeks to become training ground for these future leaders and draws the most outstanding students from all 54 countries in Africa to its campus in South Africa. Here, they build a powerful intellectual foundation and develop their leadership capacity through ALA’s unique curriculum in Entrepreneurial Leadership.

UN Pays Tribute to President Mandela

The United Nations (UN) secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, has described former president, Nelson Mandela as ‘a giant for justice’ whose ‘selfless struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom’ inspired many people around the world.

Ban told reporters soon after Mandela’s death was announced by President Jacob Zuma that, "No one did more in our time to advance the values and aspirations of the United Nations."

Gigaba Criticises Opposition Parties, NGOs

African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee member and Minister of Public Enterprises, Malusi Gigaba, has criticised opposition parties and non-governmental organisations for telling foreign countries that South Africa has failed since democracy.

Gigaba told the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) that, "All around us, the opportunists, the pessimists, the opposition and the counter-revolutionists are telling us what we have achieved in the last 19 years has been nothing and this revolution faces its inevitable doom."

Women Leadership Key to Reconciliation

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of United Nations Women says the leadership of women is central to reconciliation and conflict resolution.
Mlambo-Ngcuka, addressed the United Nations Security Council moments after the body unanimously adopted a resolution reaffirming the central role of women in the peaceful resolution of conflicts and peace building.

Green Ultra Right Bombers

So if you are wondering why the long silence since the post last week, well…I am in Durban after all, where things tend to move a little slower than Joburg and about as fast as Cape Town. And it has been busy: the ‘People’s Space’ at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), mostly at the initiative of Patrick Bond, has taken off and is always buzzing with energy, people and a whole herd of news crews from local and international media.

The Message Trust South Africa: Prisons and Enterprise Team Leader

The Message South Africa was launched in 2014 in Cape Town as the first international hub of The Message Trust, which was founded in the UK by Andy Hawthorne in 1988. The Message SA is now part of a growing international movement which we call The Message Family. From our base in Cape Town, we have a vision to impact at-risk youth in tough communities across the city and beyond.


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