Wednesday, February 26, 2014

President Sata’s Promises on the Constitution

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Monday, December 9, 2013

SADC-CNGO on the Passing of Nelson Mandela

SADC-CNGO Southern African Development Community –Council of Non-Governmental Organisations Secretariat: Private Bag 204, Gaborone; BOTSWANA Plot 18682, Phase 2, Gaborone, Botswana E-mail:, Phone number: +267 3912982, Fax: +267 3912954 “It is sufficient to say there is not enough rain in the skies for us to be able to shower on him the honour he deserves.” Statement on the death of Comrade Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela The heart of a hero has ceased to beat. The smile of our father has faded for the final time. The life of a true legend has ended. With his family, his comrades and friends, we, the representative body civil society in Southern Africa, mourn the death of the first democratically elected President of the Republic of South Africa. Prisoner number 46664 has taken his final journey leaving behind an indelible legacy of justice and peace. His many years of imprisonment failed to break his spirit and resolve for the attainment of a democratic South Africa free of hatred and fear, a South Africa in which the fundamental human dignity of all would not only be protected but indeed realised. As we reflect on the great man who led his country to freedom from Apartheid, we know that his work is not yet complete. Lasting peace can only be built on the foundations of justice and justice is only possible when none of us is hungry, homeless or without basic necessities of life. The generation which fought and suffered for freedom is slowly passing away, having lived to see freedom dawn. Today the scourge of poverty and a lack of opportunity afflicts too many of our people for them to enjoy this freedom and the struggle for justice continues in South and Southern Africa. The Executive Director of SADC-CNGO, expressing the heartfelt condolences of the entire NGO community in Southern Africa, said: “The legacy of Nelson Mandela and his entire generation has guided us throughout our work and efforts. We have been inspired by his life. We appreciate that Tata’s passing, while deeply sad, had to arrive. We thank him and his family for all they have done for South Africa, Africa and the world. I can only repeat these words: ‘It is sufficient to say there is not enough rain in the skies for us to be able to shower on him the honour he deserves.’ Hamba Kahle Madiba! Aluta Continua!”

Friday, December 6, 2013

Zambia National Broadcasting Co-operation (ZNBC) has refused to air the SoD Documentary

Zambia National Broadcasting Co-operation (ZNBC) has refused to air the SoD Documentary. They do not seem to understand what "our motive" is. They do not think that people would understand the message. Having spoken to Chileshe Mutale and Chisenga Mumba, they cannot air it because they are not comfortable with the content and title and when asked to put it in writing, Chisenga Mumba stated that ZNBC does not write to customers. However, the Office of the Minister of Information and Broadcasting has been given a copy. The office wanted to know why ZNBC has refused to put its position in writing. The Minister has been left with a copy of the State of Democracy Report and the State of Democracy Video and his office has promised to set up an appointment with FODEP. We are now uploading the documentary online and will also upload an audio clip of our meeting with ZNBC.

Friday, November 29, 2013

FODEP at Work

: FODEP’s vision; “a democratic Zambia where the Government is accountable to its citizens and in which all citizens freely and willingly participate in the social, political and economic affairs of the Country”. FODEP for the next few years has a goal aimed at contributing to the development of systems, procedures and practices of good and democratic governance in Zambia. we have a number of strategies to attain these goals and they include 1. Democratic legal and policy framework: 2. Elections and electoral processes: 3. Inclusive citizen participation: 4. Service delivery and development: 5. Institutional capacity building With the just ended Train the Facilitator training held in Lusaka, Zambia can boost of adding 30 Semi-Accredited facilitators to the pool of qualified facilitators in Democracy, Governance and Elections with support from BRIDGE-SADC and other supporting partners

Friday, November 22, 2013

Participants during the BRIDGE Train the Facilitator Training in Lusaka Zambia

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Preventing Electoral Violence in the Countries of the Southern African Development Community (PEV-SADC)

Preventing Electoral Violence in the Countries of the Southern African Development Community (PEV-SADC) project . The project will be conducted in the SADC countries targeting civil society organisations over a period of two years. The overall objective is to prevent electoral violence in the Southern African Countries, through support to SADC-Electoral Support Network. These objectives are achieved through capacity building and the establishment of an Observatory on Electoral Violence in the SADC. The project is implemented by a consortium led by the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) in partnership with Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) and the Southern African Development Community Election Support Network (SADC-ESN). The project is funded by the European Union. Zambia is benfeciary of this project throungh the Foundation For Democratic Process (FODEP) and Zambia National Womens Lobby Group (ZNWL)