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Rebel leader Cossan Kabura has claimed he is still in charge of the PALIPEHUTU-FNL movement, the Hirondelle news agency reported. In a letter to the facilitator of the Burundi peace process, Nelson Mandela, Kabura said that Agathon Rwasa, the "former commander" of the movement's western forces, had attempted a coup against him but had failed, and "disciplinary measures" had been taken against him, along with two other senior FNL members - Alain Mugabarabona and Anicet Ntawuhiganayo.
Kyalami Exhibition & Conference Center, Johannesburg, South Africa,
24-26 April 2001. This conference, being held jointly by African IT Exhibitions & Conferences (AITEC) and the Linux Professionals Association, will provide an educational and commercial platform for the popularization of Linux and its applications in Africa. The presentations will deal with free software and projects on development of network applications. A review of the usage of Linux in Africa will also be presented.
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Sustainable Development and the New Economy, Cité des Sciences et de 'Industrie, la Villette, Paris, France, 14-16 May 2001.OECD Forum 2001 is an international public conference which brings together Ministers, heads of international organisations, and participants from business, labour, non-governmental organisations and civil society at large. The main objective of the OECD Forum is to foster an open, inclusive dialogue on the opportunities and risks in the increasingly global,knowledge-based economy of the 21st century, and how this new knowledge economy can best function for the betterment of all.
This three-day series of seminars & workshops addresses key performance areas that will assist your nonprofit organization build and maintain a
realistic and effective fundraising programme.
May 16: Fundraising and Recent Legislation (The NPO Act, State Lotteries Act, Tax Reform)
May 17: Developing a Successful Fundraising Strategy
May 18: Finding the Money – Domestic & Foreign Sources of Funding
* Presenters: Judge Dennis Davis, Mary Honey, Leon Isaacson, Jetty Botes
* Contact: Joyce Gampel (Non-Profit Resource Training): TEL/FAX: +27 21 685 7726
COURSES COMING UP:
* Writing the Winning Funding Proposal (June 22 & 23 / Jill Ritchie)
* Coming to Grips with the National Qualifications Framework (July 28 / Suzanne Hattingh)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 20-21 April 2001. *Registration deadline extended to April 14* Science and technology is widely recognized as an important factor in the economic transformation of developing countries. Mobilizing this knowledge to meet the agricultural, health, communication and environmental needs of the poor has become of the most important issues in international relations. The workshop is part of an on-going effort to explore the linkages between science, technology and globalization.
Based in Johannesburg, responsible for programming in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The deadline is April 20, 2001.
Last June, parliamentary elections were held in Zimbabwe in an atmosphere of fear and violence. The elections marked the first time a strong opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), challenged the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU (PF)) in the political arena. The MDC won 57 out of 120 contested seats but the price was high as pre-election violence erupted in the form of extra-judicial killings, beatings, property damage and intimidation around the country.
International observers and commentators including Amnesty International, the Commonwealth, the US-based National Democratic Institute and the European Union all released reports citing evidence that the elections were not free and fair. In fact, Zimbabwe's own Electoral Commission proclaimed the elections the bloodiest since the end of white minority rule in 1980.
Both political parties blame the other for incitement of violence. However, the MDC has brought legal challenges to the High Court of Zimbabwe in 39 constituencies in an effort to overturn election results in those areas. They are alleging that the violence perpetrated by ZANU (PF) agents, with the knowledge or active participation of the ZANU (PF) candidate at the time, unfairly affected the outcome of the vote thereby violating the Electoral Act of Zimbabwe. The cases have thus far involved numerous allegations of violence being perpetuated by veterans of Zimbabwe's war of liberation. Factions of these veterans are widely regarded to be militant and very close to ZANU (PF). War veterans are seen to be responsible for numerous acts of violence perpetrated against white commercial farmers in the past year in protest of what is perceived to be white domination of the industry. The vast majority of the electoral violence was perpetrated against members or perceived members of the MDC. They are asking that all elections in these 39 constituencies be re-run to achieve accurate results. If any member of parliament is found guilty of election misconduct in these proceedings, that member will be ineligible to run for public office for five years and a bi-election will be called in that constituency to determine a new sitting member.
In addition to allegations of violence, many protest the government's changes to the Electoral Act immediately preceding the election. The Electoral Act allows for the president to make changes to the electoral system. He did so in the following ways: 1) Changes in the postal ballot system were made on June 7, ahead of the voting dates of the 24th & 25th June, to make it more difficult for Zimbabweans abroad to cast their ballots, 2) The Electoral Supervisory Commission had its power to accredit observers and monitors revoked and placed in the hands of the Registrar General, 3) Sitting dates for the Nomination Courts were deferred from May 29 to June 3, 4) The Electoral Act's 21-day provision between nomination and polling was shortened to 20 days, and 5) Voter registration was extended from 16 April to 12 June. (All information regarding changes to the Electoral Act is courtesy of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Forum's report, 'Human Rights and Zimbabwe's June 2000 Election')
The Amani Trust, a Zimbabwean NGO advocating for victims of organized violence and torture, will produce a weekly report for the international community on the progress of these trials. This report will focus on cases of gross human rights violations and electoral abuses within constituencies that have cases before the High Court.
From The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum - April 9, 2001, v.7
Zimbabwe Parliamentary Election Challenges Newsletter
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Young man in Tanzania is drowned due to the failure to pay the “poll tax” amounting to Tshs.5000.00 (about US$ 6), reports ForDIA- Kagera.
The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), based in Pretoria, South Africa. Competitive salary, application by 20th April.Country Director
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Short Course in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research. 18th June - 13th July 2001. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
April 24 - 27 2001
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The Information for Development Program infoDev is a global grant program
managed by the World Bank to promote innovative projects on the use of
information and communication technologies (ICTs) for economic and social
development, with a special emphasis on the needs of the poor in
developing countries. Proposals for grants are invited from the development community: deadline June 1, 2001
May 21-23, 2001, Cairo, Egypt - This research initiative involves a tripartite collaboration of researchers from the American University in Cairo (AUC), the networks of the Middle East Awards Program (MEAwards) and the Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA). The Working Group on the Reconstruction of War-Torn Communities reflects the emerging research issues in forced migration, protracted conflicts and post-conflict tasks of rebuilding war torn communities.
Cosatu is giving its full support to the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), which is launching a major two-year campaign today, 30 March, in a fresh impetus to stop child labour.
Subscribe to GILC Alert, the newsletter of the Global Internet Liberty
Campaign. We are an international organization of groups working for
cyber-liberties, who are determined to preserve civil liberties and human
rights on the Internet.
This is a special issue devoted to online resources in the field of international philanthropy. By no means comprehensive, the list does provide a convenient starting point for further explorations of this large and important field. To browse the complete issue with additional categories,
visit PND on the Web.
In a special initiative to mark the 10th World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, the World Association of Newspapers has asked world leaders: "What does press freedom mean to you?" Their responses are included in a package of editorial and advertising materials that newspapers are being encouraged to publish on World Press Freedom Day. The package is now available for downloading from the WAN web site and will soon be mailed to thousands of newspapers world-wide. WAN is encouraging newspapers to commemorate 3 May by publishing these materials.
The World Resources Institute (WRI) urged African countries today to strategically decentralise control over its natural resources as a means of strengthening democracy and protecting the environment.
New technologies like the Internet and mobile phones could accelerate progress in developing countries. But the first priority is education, access and entrepreneurs says Klaus Schwab, founder and president of the World Economic Forum.
The Swiss National Parliament recommended today to the government (153 votes against 26) the ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
South African President Thabo Mbeki signed a series of agreements in Havana this week with his Cuban counterpart Fidel Castro, one of which could clear the way for the two countries to cooperate in producing low-cost AIDS drugs while ignoring drug company patents.
US pharmaceutical manufacturer Abbott Laboratories yesterday said it would sell its Kaletra and Norvir HIV treatment drugs in Africa at cost. The company will also sell its Determine HIV test at cost on the continent. The two drugs, which sell for about US$ 7,000 each in the United States, are believed to cost less than US$ 1,000 to manufacture.
A profile on the Bolivian health network, PROCOSI (Programa de Coordinacion en Salud Integral); the first in a series of profiles that traces the history, growth, challenges, accomplishments, and impact of a health network on its members and on the health of the communities they serve.
South Africa's Health Department has ordered 1.4 million female condoms, the Chicago-based Female Health Company said yesterday, bringing the number ordered since 1996 to more than 5 million.
Ugandan authorities have fueled political and ethnic strife in eastern Congo with disastrous consequences for the local population, Human Rights Watch charged in a report released today.
Amnesty International today challenged Congo's new President Joseph Kabila to publicly demonstrate his commitment to human rights and the rule of law by putting an immediate end to the torture and killing of suspected opponents, and to account for alleged government opponents who were reportedly executed in late 2000 or whose whereabouts remain unknown.
OmniE Labs has been contracted by 2pipe.com, an international
telecommunications company, to design and build an advanced IP-over-
satellite network for high-speed voice and data transmission between
the U.S. and Nigeria.
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Morocco: 2 members of the Forum for Truth and Justice – Sahara Section were intercepted by the Moroccan police on 24 March 2001 in the international zone of Casablanca airport. The persons concerned are Mr. Noumri Brahim, ex-Sahraoui missing person from 1987 to 1991, freed from the secret detention centre of Kalaat M’Gouna, bearer of passport No. M 542832, and Mr. Elhamed Mahmoud, bearer of passport No. M 755551.
The World Trade Organisation wants to press Asian governments to commit to a new trade talks at the WTO ministerial meeting in Qatar in November. But most developing countries are opposed to a new trade round. They have not yet absorbed the demands on them made at the Uruguay Round.
Johns Hopkins Population Information Program Announces:
"The PopReporter" - Linking You to Health News Around the World. Each week our research staff will prepare an electronic magazine
loaded with links to key news stories, reports, and related develop-
ments around the globe. The focus will be on reproductive health,
family planning, and related health communication topics.
Foreign Aid Can Promote Enduring Growth and Reduce Poverty When Countries 'Drive' Their Own Development Strategies. 'Conditionality' cannot replace national commitment to reform process says World Bank.
MediaChannel.org - news, reports, resources and opinion. Featuring content from over 600 media-issues groups worldwide.
A key Republican leader in the US House of Representatives said on Sunday that the persecution of Christians and other minority ethnic groups in Sudan is "horrible" and the United States must get involved.
More than 200 bodies have been found in mass graves in a suburb of the Burundian capital of Bujumbura, local officials said last week.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has lifted restrictions on the free movement of people and goods in a measure linked to progress in ending the country's conflict, a senior minister said last week.
The preparatory process for The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), scheduled to be held in Johannesburg in mid-2002, was launched in Dakkar on 12 March. Talks are aimed to prepare for the 2002 meeting with the full realization that human and material resources are available to make sustainable development a concrete reality.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has accused the Federal Government of encouraging corruption in the public sector, in view of its refusal to pay workers in its employ for upwards of four months.
Statistics SA reveals that unemployment rose from 36.3% in 1999 to 37.3% in 2000. Even the ‘official’ figures which exclude ‘discouraged job seekers’, show a rise from 23.3% to 26.7% and a new report on job losses shows a 15% loss in formal sector jobs in ten years.
Principles and Practices in Managing Financial Records: A Reference Model and Assessment Tool is now available online from The International Records Management Trust.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has agreed to provide Sudan with $282,000 worth of assistance for projects aimed at sustainable agricultural development and enhanced food production. The government of Sudan, with support from FAO, has designed a project that will be implemented under the umbrella of FAO's Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS).
Communities of present-day or former hunter-gatherers live in scattered communities across the world, although their precise numbers and status are uncertain. Their often marginalized status and ethnolinguistic diversity has made it hard to articulate their case for land rights outside Australia and North America. Hunter-gatherers' preferred subsistence strategy, hunting, often comes into direct conflict with conservation philosophies and protected areas often fall within traditional hunting grounds. An ODI paper reviews their situation and asks, how best can hunter-gatherers' livelihoods be incorporated into more conventional natural resource management strategies?
At the beginning of the 21st century relations between business and non governmental organisations (NGOs) range from the strongly antagonistic to the surprisingly collaborative. But how and why are some companies collaborating with NGOs to promote sustainable development?
How are poor record keeping and bad financial management connected? Is the one a symptom of the other? To what extent does accurate financial information prevent corruption and fraud? An International Records Management Trust study examined the link between record management and financial accountability in sub-Saharan Africa. How do different record keeping systems reflect government and donor agency strategies for financial control and accountability? Are they related to success in reducing economic crime?
Does political and economic stability improve people's livelihoods and their quality of life? Does stability increase the success of development projects? Uganda has recently enjoyed a period of relative economic calm, leading researchers from the University of Bath to ask: how have poverty reduction programmes fared during this time? How far is success dependent on local conditions?
The effect of Tanzania's wide-ranging economic reforms on the performance of its manufacturing industries has been the focus of debate. How far have protectionist policies of the pre-liberalisation era rendered domestic firms vulnerable to increased competition? Has the removal of market distortions facilitated greater long-term efficiency?
Bretton Woods Project was established by a network of UK NGOs to monitor the
World Bank and IMF. The Project's reports and free bi-monthly bulletin
Bretton Woods Update aim to clarify current issues and provide links to
campaigners and researchers worldwide. The latest issue of the bulletin is
available online or by subscription.
id21News - is the Newsletter of the id21 Development Research
reporting service, bringing you the latest and best UK-based development
the second instalment in the NGO Networks for Health Resources series is now available. The document, 'Resources for Primary Health Care and Other Health Programs', describes resources available on the topic of primary health care and newsletters and periodicals on a range of health issues, including family planning, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, child health, primary health care, pharmaceuticals, disabilities, and eye health.
In schools across South Africa, thousands of girls of every race and economic group are encountering sexual violence and harassment that impede their access to education, Human Rights Watch charged in a report released this week.
Conservationist Richard Leakey who headed an anti-corruption team in Kenya was removed from his job Monday by President Daniel arap Moi, who said the white Kenyan had completed his task of launching reforms. Despite Moi's comment that Leakey was stepping down by agreement, some analysts said he had been sacked.
In a year that saw unbounded confidence in the nation's
economy turn to increasing uncertainty, U.S. grantmaking
foundations raised their contributions to nonprofit organi-
zations a record $4.3 billion, according to a new report
from the Foundation Center.
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Two out of every three people in the world will be facing water shortages by 2025, says a new report launched by Christian relief and development agency Tearfund.
Poor communities vulnerable to natural disasters and other effects of changing weather patterns will bear the brunt of George Bush’s decision not to implement the Kyoto Treaty on climate change.
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the second review of Uganda's performance under the third annual arrangement under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF). This will enable Uganda to draw SDR 8.9 million (about US$11 million) immediately from the IMF.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), citing the need to reduce the impact of storm-related disasters on agriculture, proposed a disaster management strategy, in a report presented to the 16th session of its Committee on Agriculture, which opened today.
Fahamu - learning for change - has been awarded a grant to develop an interactive training guide on human rights education in rural populations in collaboration with the Kenya Human Rights Commission, and to develop supplementary materials on Training Skills for the Adilisha Project (http://www.fahamu.org/). The award has been made by the Human Rights Project Fund of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (http://www.hrpd.fco.gov.uk/). The Human Rights Project Fund (HRPF) is the FCO's dedicated fund for human rights projects.
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In April 2001 Earth Report features stories on: Biodiversity under threat from invasive species; The industrialisation of Amazonia and its link with carbon emissions trading; How ill-informed use of pesticides is poisoning Cambodian farmers.'Earth Report' is broadcast weekly on BBC World at the following times GMT: Monday at 03:30 & 21:30, Tuesday at 08:30, 11:30 & 14:30, Wednesday at 01:30 & 05:30, Saturday at 18:30, Sunday at 07:30.
A discussion on corruption in Africa, hosted by the Worldbank, beginning April 02 2001.
TI representatives from 11 African countries adopted the Nyanga Declaration, launching a campaign to repatriate Africa's stolen wealth. The declaration, signed at the regional conference in Zimbabwe, calls for "the sealing of all known loopholes, requiring banks to open their books for inspection where there is reasonable cause to suspect illegal activity, and mandatory liquidation and repatriation of assets known to have been corruptly acquired". The chapters called on members of the United Nations to adopt an international treaty to expedite the tracing, recovery and repatriation of wealth stolen from developing countries and transferred abroad.
Participants expressed their support for the Wolfsberg Anti-Money Laundering Principles adopted by 11 leading international banks as "a first step towards stopping the movement of illicit wealth". The Declaration calls upon the Organisation of African Unity to "take a leadership role in representing the interests of Africa with regard to the return of Africa's stolen wealth wherever it may be found on the globe and, as a first step, (to) adopt all reasonable measures to prevent the illegal appropriation and transfer of moneys from Africa's treasuries".
The full text of the Declaration can be found at:
This study explores the merits of HIV/AIDS prevention and control on health-care reform and concludes that to efficiently fight HIV/AIDS, effective health-care reform is a must. The study also discusses the human resource management issues inherent in health-care reform and HIV/AIDS.
COSATU notes with regret the worsening situation revealed by the statistics released by Community Agency for Social Enquiry (CASE) (Sowetan, 29 March) indicating that South African youth are receiving insufficient education, especially tertiary education, which leads to them being unemployable. What is even shocking is that the hardest hit by this problem are African youths, both females and males.
Thomas Sankara: man of integrity.
The president has pledged to end corruption as a way of life. The results so far have been mixed.
Thirty-nine pharmaceutical companies are suing the South African government in a move that would stop South Africans from receiving lifesaving AIDS drugs. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) asks you to support South Africa's efforts to make essential medicines more accessible to its people by signing the global "Drop the Case" petition by April 15.
We are pleased to announce that we have recently started to offer FREE, hands-on training in the use of our most popular electronic resources. Follow along with the instructor as you learn the ins and outs of our funding research tools!
The Democratic Republic of the Congo President Joseph Kabila urged Zimbabwean
companies to invest in his mineral-rich country on Tuesday, saying that they should take advantage of the strong political ties between the two states.
A regional workshop on Tuberculosis Services Accessibility in Southern Africa, to be held in Harare, Zimbabwe from 21 to 22 May 2001.
Join the 50+ people who signed the "Save the Kenyan Forests" petition to the Kenyan Government. The petition will be closed April 9!! Sign now...
Rwanda: Decision Point Document for the Enhanced Initiative for Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) December 11, 2000.
Amnesty International is concerned that recent statements made by President Sam Nujoma of Namibia may lead to the persecution of individuals identified as lesbian or gay and to further attacks on human rights groups advocating support for lesbian and gay rights.
Namibia Prez Nujoma threatens lesbians and gay men with prison and deportation, but it is Zimbabwe's Mugabe who's driving the regional anti-gay bandwagon.
The National Organization for Women has declared a state of emergency to save women's rights to self-determination and reproductive freedom. NOW is calling on activists everywhere to take part in a national campaign which will kick off with an Emergency Action for Women's Lives in Washington, D.C. at 11am on Sunday, April 22.