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South Africa: Abahlali baseMjondolo and shackdwellers everywhere win at the ConCourt

2009-10-17, Issue 453

Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement of South Africa, an organisation representing thousands of people who live in informal settlements, and its President, Mr Sibusiso Zikode, approached the KwaZulu-Natal High Court, Durban, challenging the constitutionali...

South Africa: City to reconsider Symphony Way's eviction to Blikkiesdorp

Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign

2009-10-08, Issue 451

The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) has sent a letter to Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato calling on the City to reconsider the eviction of the Symphony Way community to Blikkiesdorp. We all face evictions from the City of Cape Town – for a s...

Zimbabwe: 5th Edition of the Zimbabwe Social Forum (ZSF)

2009-10-01, Issue 450

The Zimbabwe Social Forum (ZSF) will be hosting the 5th edition of its annual commemoration in Harare, on the 2nd of October 2009. The theme for this year’s activities is, “Reclaiming the Political Transition for People-Centered Governance; and Susta...

Global: Online survey for civil society on impact of economic crisis

2009-10-02, Issue 450

The Civil Society and Outreach Unit of the United Nations Secretariat's Division for Social Policy and Development invites organizations to take part in a survey on the current situation that local, national and international civil society organizati...

Africa: SADC Peoples’ Summit Declaration

5-6 September 2009

2009-09-25, Issue 449

We the more than 250 representatives of Social Movements, Non-Governmental Organisations, Trade Unions, Religious Organisations, Economic Justice and Human Rights Networks, Youth and Women’s Organisations, met in Kinshasa, DRC, to bring the SADC Comm...

Global: Interface Journal

Call for papers

2009-09-25, Issue 449

Interface is a new journal produced twice yearly by activists and academics around the world in response to the development and increased visibility of social movements in the last few years – and the immense amount of knowledge generated in this pro...

Kenya: Njeri Kabeberi honoured

2009-09-17, Issue 448

Njeri Kabeberi is the winner of the inaugural “Prize for Outstanding Commitment to Law and Justice.”Announcing the award, Prof. Lutz Simon, President of the German Chamber of Lawyers said: “The Chamber of Lawyers Frankfurt am Main wishes to honour yo...

Kenya: Activists released

2009-09-11, Issue 447

On Friday morning, Philo Ikonya and Jacob Odipo appeared before Resident Magistrate Ireri in Kibera Law courts to answer to charges brought against them for allegedly participating in an unlawful assembly. They had been arrested Thursday while demons...

Morocco: Forum gives youth tools for social change

2009-09-11, Issue 447

Some 200 young Moroccans from sixteen regions around Morocco attended the first Civil Society Forum from September 8th-12th in Rabat. The forum was organised by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with co-operation from th...

South Africa: Mitchells Plain traders facing eviction

2009-09-11, Issue 447

On September 10, 2009, in the Mitchells Plain Town Centre, traders were informed that the City of Cape Town would not attend a meeting that was scheduled by Traders. CHATA (Concerned Hawkers and Traders Association) was informed of this cancellation...

Zimbabwe: Umvuthwandaba We Zimbabwe

2009-09-03, Issue 446

"Umvuthwandaba Voice" meaning The End of Revelations is a publication that pushes the agenda of new formation of the Zimbabwean politics. In a sense that the youth of Zimbabwe would want to riot now and cause a dramatic change in the leadership of an...

Global: UK continues to exclude NGOs from G20 discussions

2009-09-04, Issue 446

The Jubilee Debt Campaign and Bretton Woods Projects, NGOs that are part of the Put People First platform, had their accreditation for the G20 finance ministers’ meeting revoked by HM Treasury. The UK also barred two members of Put People First from ...

South Africa: Abahlali baseMjondolo attacked by councillor warlords

2009-09-04, Issue 446

A delegation of Abahlali baseMjondolo leaders from Durban narrowly escaped assassination this Sunday by local councillor warlords in Tin Town, Dinizulu township, eShowe. Abahlali have been receiving calls daily from Tin Town shack-dwellers, excluded ...

Zambia: NGOs in uproar after president signs new law

2009-09-04, Issue 446

Zambian president Rupiah Banda has signed legislation regulating the operations of civil society, sending shock waves through the sector, which fears its independence will be severely compromised. Presidential assent means the 2009 NGO Bill, withdraw...

Kenya: Kiamaiko women delcaration on the Constitution

Bunge la Mwananchi

2009-07-30, Issue 444

We the Kiamaiko Bunge la Mwananchi women social movement on this 16th day of July having examined the numerous contradictions imposed on the average Kenyan women the imposed poverty, under development and deprivation of Kiamaiko and women around the ...

Global: Civil society demands community input into IFC policy review

2009-07-31, Issue 444

Nearly 150 CSOs write to IFC urging consultations with individuals and communities directly impacted by its projects as it reviews three years of implementation of the Performance Standards. BIC was among a coalition of 150 organizations who signed o...

Kenya: There is no obligation to support Kenya’s Unity Government

2009-07-24, Issue 443

The Partnership for Change is of the considered view that over the last 17 months the citizens of Kenya have exhausted the mechanisms available to us under the national Accord Agreement to cause the Grand Coalition Government to implement the Nationa...

South Africa: City accused of politicising food aid

Abahlali baseMjondolo

2009-07-24, Issue 443

More than ten Cape Flats informal settlements hardest hit by floods did not receive any emergency assistance at all from the City of Cape Town or the Provincial Government. These include Tambo Square, Barcelona, New Rest and Gxa Gxa Square in the Gug...

South Africa: Urgent update on Abahlali baseMjondolo - Western Cape protest

2009-07-16, Issue 442

The ABM-WC is calling an end to state criminality of criminalizing it's members by applying old apartheid tactics of arresting, assaulting, and shooting people with rubber bullets when they exercise their right to freedom of expression and the right ...

Global: The alternative G8 summit

2009-07-09, Issue 441

Ahead of the G8 summit in L’Aquila that takes place from 8-10 June 2009, Italy, members of civil society movements gathered in Sardinia in the alternative G8 summit called "Gsott8"....

Kenya: Volunteer brings students in Washington face-to-face with poverty

2009-07-09, Issue 441

"You are sick and it is the weekend. You have a fever and you're sweating and vomiting so you fear you have malaria. You need medical attention. All the money you have is what is in your pocket, a total of $3.59. You never went to school so you do no...

Ghana: NGO seeks reparation from Britain, America for slavery

2009-07-09, Issue 441

Members of the Ghana Reparation and Repatriation Foundation (GRARF), a local NGO operating in the north, have appealed to the government to take a strong stand and asked for compensation from Britain and America for their involvement in the Trans Atl...

Global: Venezuela and AU presidents meet to prepare for summit

2009-06-19, Issue 438

The president of the African Union (AU), Gabonese economist and politician Jean Ping, met with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and other government officials in Caracas to prepare for the Africa - South America Summit scheduled to take place in Cara...

South Africa: Power shift to the leftnot yet enough to quell grassroots anger

2009-06-19, Issue 438

With high-volume class strife heard in the rumbling of wage demands and the friction of township 'service delivery protests', rhetorical and real conflicts are bursting open in every nook and cranny of South Africa. The big splits in the society are ...

Africa: Protect the African Child! Protect Africa's Future!

2009-06-19, Issue 438

On the occasion of Day of the African Child, the Africa Public Health Alliance & 15%+ Campaign is calling on African governments to end the "5 by 5 Tragedy" of an estimated 5 million African infants and children under the Age of 5 dying annually of ...

South Africa: Photo essay of Macassar land occuptaion

Abahlali baseMjondolo

2009-06-19, Issue 438

This is a photo essay of the recent occupation of a piece of land in Macassar. On Tuesday 19th backyarders in Macassar, desperate for homes, built shacks on municipal land on a field adjoining the N2...

Zimbabwe: ZADHR Chairperson wins award

2009-06-05, Issue 436

ZADHR is proud to announce that its Chairperson, Dr Douglas Gwatidzo, is the winner of the 2009 Jonathan Mann Award for Health and Human Rights. The Global Health Council selected Dr. Gwatidzo as the winner from the nominees for 2009 in recognition o...

Nigeria: The case against Shell: the hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa

2009-06-05, Issue 436

Almost a fifth of the oil imported by the U.S. comes from Africa, and in the decade to come this percentage will rise. The eastern part of Nigeria, from which Big Oil has pumped more than a trillion dollars worth of black gold since the 1960s, remai...

Kenya: Jimmy Kibaki, Tonny Gachoka and Kiema Kilonzo do not speak for the Youth Movement

Press statement by the National Youth Convention

2009-05-29, Issue 435

In September of 2008, 1300 delegates from all the eight provinces of Kenya created the National Youth Movement at the National Youth Convention. 14 Key resolutions were passed and has been actively recruiting and implementing them through members acr...

South Africa: The KwaZulu-Natal Slums Act: Bloody legislation against the expropriated

2009-05-15, Issue 432

On 14 May 2009 the Constitutional Court will hear the attempt by the shack dweller’s movement Abahlali baseMjondolo to have the KwaZulu-Natal Slums Act declared unlawful. Other provinces have been mandated to develop similar legislation and the decis...

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