Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Ikonzo Musanda Self Help Group is a Youth Led Global Reach Affiliate that concentrates on issues dealing with Children & Youth and is a member of the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS

Below are there staements on their Mission/Vision, Activities and Opportunities for youth.

To mobilise the rural poor by initiating community projects that address poverty and HIV/AIDS to meet basic needs.These needs are water,education,health, energy, employment,food and security. We aim at collaborating with other organizations both at local and international level in implementing these initiative as a strategy to achieve UN Millennium Development goals(MDG)

What does the organization do?
Implements community projects covering major sectors of our econmomy such health,HIV/AIDS, Education,environmental conservation,water and sanitation,ovc and ICT. We believe in establishing collaborative and partnership initiative with other organizations in achieving our objectives. we collaboratewith KAIPPG International,African regional Youth Initiative,Commonwealth of learning, KEenya organization of Environmental education(KOEE)

Opportunities for Youth
Implements computer for schools in western province to reach the youth as an altimight goal. In collaboration with world computer Exchange(WCE), jOMO Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Commonwealth of learning (COL) we are donating computers to all schools in Busia District as a strategy to reach the youth in rural areas.

Busia, Western, Kenya

Phone: 2540721405502

Fax: N/A


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Friday, August 25, 2006

NGOs in post-apartheid South Africa face new challenges.

An article in the June 26, 2006 Mail&Guardian Online discusses the problems facing NGO in South Africa today. The article may be found at the following site:

This article by Marina Penderis discusses the changing role of NGOs that no longer have to fight apartheid, but still seek to remain vocal as civil society activist.

Penderis quotes one activitst as saying: "Government doesn't want NGOs which advise, only NGOs which do things like feeding Aids orphans."

The pressures experienced by these organizations are also discussed. For example U.S. dollars for NGOs in Africa often come with strings attached that require to take positions against birth control or to pledge to fight terrorism.

Concerns over the loss of independence of these organizations is of real concern for their leaders.

The elimination of apartheid has also led to a reduction of funds available for NGOs in South Africa. According to one NGO staffer: “a lot of funding [that would have been directed to them in the past] is now directed to the new, democratic government".

The article in its entirety may be read at: