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Engaging with the SDGs

Last September, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – 17 goals, with ambitious targets, to drive a new global sustainable development agenda for the next 15 years. Research into the shortcomings of the predecessor Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) recommends that coordinated, formal civil society engagement in policy and implementation will be critical to the achievement of any new development targets. How is South African Civil Society engaging with the SDGs?


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Lesedi lessons of success

NACOSA was pleased to get a visit from Jenny Bornman, the Deputy Director of Lesedi Hospice in the Free State who came all the way to update us on the organisation’s progress since receiving capacity building support from NACOSA. “The positivity of our programme is that it takes a holistic approach toward the whole family,” says Jenny proudly of the range of interventions Lesedi provides in the small, Free State community of Hertzogville where almost 95% of inhabitants are unemployed. With the motto “where caring never ends”, Jenny and the team provide primary health care and palliative home based care…

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ASPIRES inspires youth to save

With 95% attendance and increased financial and life skills, low-income youth in KwaZulu-Natal have been inspired by the combination prevention knowledge and practical skills approach of the ASPIRES project. Capacity development and mentoring support has helped community organisations to reach and successfully retain youth in savings clubs.



SANAC Statement on NGO Funding

The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) and the Networking HIV/AIDS Community of South Africa (NACOSA) have been working to address the impact of funding restrictions for organisations working with sex workers and gender-based violence.  We will be working to explore all avenues to raise additional funds and to manage changes more gradually. After discussions with the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a transition plan has been put in place to give us time to find alternative sources of funding for the NGOs that will lose their funding. However this does not guarantee long-term funding for all…

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HCT becomes HTS

In guidance issued by the Department of Health, HIV counselling and testing (HCT) will now be referred to as HIV testing services (HTS) to embrace the full range of services that should be provided together with HIV testing. The main entry point for the HIV continuum of care is through testing services, making this a central component of strategies to accelerate universal access to services for people living with HIV and AIDS. An introduction to the guidelines provides a useful summary of the changes: HIV represents the primary burden of disease in South Africa, with an estimated national prevalence of 12.2% in 2012. The HIV incidence among…



National Lottery Briefing Note

Applying for National Lottery funding New regulations on the allocation of National Lottery funding were issued in April 2015 to improve the allocation process, reduce the reporting requirements for smaller grants and minimise the risk of mismanagement and fraud. In July, the first call for applications under the new regulations was issued in the Charities and Arts, Culture & National Heritage sectors. What has changed and how can organisations apply for funding under the new regulations?



Global Fund Programme Annual Report 2012

Reaching Real People: Groundwork for Getting to Zero.  In December 2009 South Africa received news of its successful Global Fund Round 9 country application and NACOSA was elated to be selected as a civil society Principal Recipient (PR) – a first in South Africa. This meant receiving and directly channelling money to many organisations in the HIV/AIDS sector.  



Conversations: Annual Report 2013

The Annual Report 2013 is all about an exchange of ideas. It is a dialogue with our network, staff, funders and stakeholders around what we’ve achieved this year and our plans for the future. Most importantly, it is a conversation on the change we’ve seen in communities and about how we can work to build healthy, productive communities in South Africa.  



Students rising

Semakaleng ‘Sma’ Motapho is project coordinator in the higher education men who have sex with men (MSM) combination prevention programme at the University of Venda. The campus, known as Uni-Ven, is in Thohoyandou in Limpopo, the centre of the Vhembe district and an area known for its conservativism and patriarchal attitudes. Being out and running a LGBTI-friendly programme in this environment is extremely challenging. But 27-year-old Sma has made the programme an expression of himself. Sma is openly gay and cross-dresses but doesn’t identify as a woman. “I’m just more comfortable in ‘female’ clothes,” he explains. “I’m just Sma”. He…

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Top 10 Sustainability Tips for NPOs

Non profit sustainability is the confounding buzz word of our sector – it seems that every request for proposals now has a lengthy sustainability component or question. But it can be hard for organisations to articulate clear strategies to ensure their ongoing viability, particularly in an uncertain funding environment with competing demands on their time and resources. “It’s not enough to have a high-impact programme if there’s no effective strategy for sustaining the organisation financially. And neither is it enough to be financially stable: we build our organisations for impact, not for financial stability.” – NonProfit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions…

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