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  • Breaking the Myth of ‘Demobilised’ Communities
    This article focuses on the struggles faced by community leaders and how some of the frustrations contribute towards protests in communities
    "Community leaders are seen as the opposition - we are labelled, attacked and criminalised", says General Moyo, a Makause resident facing various charges including intimidation following a community protest against police brutality.
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    Author(s): 
    Koketso Moeti

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  • NGOs Key in Conservation - Kasukuwere
    The Zimbabwean government commends NGOs and CBOs for becoming key partners in protecting and conserving the environment

    The Zimbabwean government has commended community-based and non-governmental organisations for becoming key partners in protecting and conserving the environment.

    Environment, Water and Climate Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, says this enhanced the Zim-Asset objectives in addressing environmental challenges through community participation.

    Source: 
    All Africa

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  • Activist Tackles Abusive Shell Companies
    Global Witness co-founder advocates for financial transparency in an attempt to re-write rules to change the way companies do business

    Charmian Gooch, a co-founder of Global Witness, a group that advocates for financial transparency, is rewriting rules from Washington to Brussels - and changing the way companies do business.

    On 31 October 2013, United Kingdom Prime Minister, David Cameron, took the stage at the Open Government Partnership conference in London and announced a that he was going to introduce legislation requiring all companies based in Britain to disclose who their ultimate owners are in a publicly accessible registry.

    Source: 
    Bloomberg News

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  • Call for NGOs to be Audited
    Phiri calls on the Kalondolondo Social audit programme to start assessing projects implemented by NGOs in Malawi
    Nsanje District Commissioner, Harry Phiri, says that the Kalondolondo Social audit programme should start assessing projects implemented by the country's non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

    Phiri says that most of the NGOs in Malawi receive more funds from donors, adding that the funds are not properly handled and therefore need to be assessed.

    His opinion comes at a time when the district is to have its 25 Local Development Fund (LDF) teacher houses project audited by the Kalondolondo programme.
    Source: 
    All Africa

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  • Matriculants Urged to Give Back
    The Western Cape launches a programme that challenges the idea of matriculants spending a gap year abroad

    The Western Cape has launched a programme that challenges the idea of matriculants spending a gap year abroad - and invites the ‘brightest and the best’ of them to make a difference right here.

    The Year Beyond programme will use ideas that have been implemented in schools by a number of non-governmental organisations, but take them further by training volunteers to apply them.

    In 2015 the programme will be rolled out in 24 primary schools and high schools with mass opportunity and development centres for after-school activities.

    Source: 
    IOL News

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