Southern Africa

3rd Country Training on Resource Mobilisation, Project Planning and Proposal Writing

JOHANNESBURG - It was an exceptionally cold week when more than 50 participants of various non- profit organisations from across South Africa met for the 3rd Country Training on Resource Mobilisation, Project Planning and Proposal Writing.

While South Africa is adopting progressive regulations for greater corporate social investment, many non- profits and community based organisations are still not equipped with the required skills to write “bank-able” business plans and project proposals that will allow it to access such corporate social investment funding. The workshop also came at a time when non- profits and community based organisations are operating in a very competitive environment with declining support from international donors and a depressed world economy being at the order of the day.

The workshop was organized by the Regional Partnership for Resource Development in collaboration with the Good Shepherd Sisters with the aim of building the capacity of non- profits and community based organisations to manage and mobilise resources. The workshop created awareness with participants that fundraising is not the only way to ensuring resources and income into a non- profit and community based organisation. The skills and qualifications of staff should be optimised for income generation and non- profits therefore need to look at consultancy services. Other ways for income generation that was identified during the workshop included renting out facilities and equipment as well as harnessing the skills and capabilities of project beneficiaries for income and job creation.

It was emphasised that there are thousands of non- profits and community based organisations in South Africa who compete for the same limited resources. Corporates however look at organisations that show a good track record on corporate governance, sustainability and effective project management and those are the qualities that should be marketed by non- profit and community based organisations.

Competing for government work should not be the exclusive terrain of for- profit companies. Non- profits and community based organisations offer value for money services, while their expertise in many areas can be optimised by government. Current tender requirements do not favour non- profits and community based organisations and The Mvula Trust resolved that it will continue advocating for additional tender requirements that will encourage the increased participation of non- profit and community based organisations in the procurement policies of all levels of government.

Participants completed presentations, submitted course work, made new contacts and friends and reported their appreciation to the African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW) for continued support to the develop agenda in South Africa.

The MVULA TRUST
A Leading Developmental NGO



KALAHARI CONSERVATION SOCIETY IN GLOBAL WATER TALKS, FEBRUARY 2013 

 

The evolving landscape and the international nature of water planning were central messages KCS Chief Executive Officer, Felix Monggae, brought back from a Global Water Partnership (GWP) global strategy consultation meeting in Greece in February.

 

Nominated as a representative for Global Water Partnership - Southern Africa, Felix advocated for Southern Africa by arguing that the region's global position should be articulated more in order to give it a clear strategic niche. The diversity of community water planning and the demarcations of regional and national planning were analysed. Felix reported it was an enlightening and fruitful gathering because clear strategic direction was pursued.  

For more information contact Kalahari Conservation Society by email at publicrelations@kcs.org.bw or phone at +267 6862357

 

Information to All Stakeholders on The Governance Structures of the Network For Advocacy on Water Issues In Southern Africa (NAWISA)

The Network for Advocacy on Water Issues in Southern Africa (NAWISA) held its Biannual General Meeting on 10th December 2009. The meeting elected the Executive Committee for the period 2010-2011.The new NAWISA Executive Committee had its strategic plan and handing over meeting on 16th February 2010 where Mr. Felix Monggae (term expired) handed over the Chairmanship to Mr. Hoolo Nyane of TRC in Lesotho. The entire committee with their responsibilities is as follows:

  • Hoolo Nyane (Mr) - Chairman- Transformation Resources Centre (Lesotho) Tel. 00266 58105983. E.mail - director@trc.org.ls
  • Chozi Lungu (Mr) - Vice Chairman- AREZEM (Zambia) Tel. 00260 966954007. E.mail- cvlungu@unza.zm
  • Simphiwe Nojiyesa (Mr) -IWRM task team leader “Earthlife Africa (RSA) Tel.0027 312603574.E.mail -Nojiyeza@ukzn.ac.za
  • Baboloki Autlwetse (Mr) -“River Basins management team leader “ Kalahari Conservation Society/ANEW (Botswana) Tel. 00267 3974557.E.mail- anew@kcs.org.bw
  • Khumbuzile Zuma (Ms) “ Access to water and Sanitation “ Mvula Trust (RSA) Tel. 0027 1140 33425.E.mail: khumbu@mvula.co.za
  • Felix Monggae (Mr) SADC liaison team leader (Botswana) Tel. 00267 3974557/3974345. E.mail: Felixmonggae@kcs.org.bw
  • Mothusi Seqhee (Mr) - NAWISA Coordinator - Transformation Resources Centre (Lesotho). Tel. 00266 58105983 E.mail- mothusi@trc.org.ls
RESOLUTION:
The Kalahari Conservation Society will hand over the NAWISA secretariat to TRC on the 1st May 2010 to be under the same roof with the Chairman. The contacts for TRC are:
The NAWISA Coordinator
P.O.Box 1388
Maseru, 100 Lesotho
Tel: (+266) 22314463
Fax: (+266) 22322791
Web: www.trc.org.ls
For more information please contact the regional coordinator

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