The challenges facing South African civil society organisations

by Ntsiki Mpulo, Head of Communications, SECTION27 South African civil society organisations have a strong history of successfully challenging the status quo to the benefit of broader society. One of the most notable examples is the United Democratic Front, a coalition of anti-apartheid organisations, which fought within the country’s borders to overthrow the illegitimate Apartheid... Continue Reading →

In defence of NGOs, incubators of future leaders

by Dr Shuaib Manjra NGOs attract skilled individuals committed to progressive causes at great personal sacrifice. Furthermore, NGOs serve to incubate future leaders... In our broken, grotesquely unequal and multiply wounded society these NGOs have been the glue that enormously contributes to our society’s continued integrity and survival, and provide much needed hope. The NGO... Continue Reading →

Non-profits and financial sustainability in South Africa

by Shelagh Gastrow, Founder and Director, GastrowBloch Philanthropies There are more than 150 000 non-profit organisations registered with the South African Department of Social Development. This explosion of organisations has resulted in on-going pressure for funding. Whilst funding crises are the normal situation for many non-profits, it is important for them to make plans for... Continue Reading →

Shrinking Civic Space – The albatross around the neck of open governance reform

by Mukelani Dimba In mid-July 2018, more than 2 000 people representing governments, civil society formations, parliaments, multilateral institutions, and business met in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, for the fifth Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit. The summit was billed as an occasion to showcase the latest innovations in making governments more open, accountable... Continue Reading →

Internet and Technology-related Challenges and Opportunities Facing NGOs in Africa

by Felicia Anthonio, Coordinator, African Freedom of Expression Exchange The power of the Internet and technology has over the years enhanced the work of several organisations and individuals from diverse sectors globally - communications, journalism, advocacy, marketing, networking, etc. Like all other sectors of modern society, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been impacted by the vast... Continue Reading →

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