Blog Action Day invites you to join Global Discussion about INEQUALITY on 16 October, 2014

Let's Talk about Inequality: Blog Action Day 2014Blog Action Day has been a fixture in the Kabissa calendar since 2008, and I am excited to see it is back again in 2014 with a compelling and timely theme - inequality.

As Karina Brisby from the Blog Action Day team writes in her post announcing the inequality theme:

Whether it is economic, racial, gender, disability, faith, sexuality, health, education, political, social status or age, inequality unfortunately seems to be on the rise, affecting more people and limiting the opportunities they have, in many different ways.

For Blog Action Day 2014, we want you to think about inequality and contribute to the global discussion on October 16, by writing blog posts, creating video or graphics, taking photos, sharing interesting stats and facts, or just commenting on other people’s posts.

You might want to cover how you, your friends, family or community have been directly affected by inequality, how an historic situation was overcome, or a current issues that needs addressing.

Kabissa is again a proud Blog Action Day supporting partner. We believe the blogging event provides a valuable opportunity for Kabissa members working in African Civil Society, especially those at the grassroots who might struggle to find channels for reaching out internationally to new supporters and partners.

We do hope you decide to participate. All you have to do is add your blog or social media profile to the Blog Action Day participants list, and on 16 October publish your blog article. and spread it using hashtags #blogaction14 and #inequality.

If you do not already have a blog you are most welcome to blog on Kabissa - all you have to do is ask.

And, even more importantly, if you want to learn to start blogging or brush up on your blogging skills, please join our Engaging African Blogging webinar series starting up in mid September. It's free, is specifically designed for African civil society bloggers, and comes with personalized mentoring from Ted Johnson, an experienced blogger and the latest addition to the Kabissa volunteer team.

Kabissa Roundtable event featured in official CiviCRM Newsletter

Thank you CiviCRM for featuring Kabissa in the CiviCRM Newsletter and in this blog post crossposted below from the CiviCRM case studies and user stories blog. Kabissa and CiviCRM go way back so we appreciate the honor!

This attention is also timely - we are keen to bring more CiviCRM wizards on board as volunteers so if anyone reading this has spare cycles or an interest to join a great and fun volunteer team longer term please contact me ASAP. The next project we are starting up right now is to upgrade our kabissa.org platform (both Drupal and CiviCRM) and also improve our setup by shifting as much of our custom workflows and functionality as possible to core... hopefully without breaking anything! We also are grappling with a database cleanup process at the moment which is a fun challenge for a CiviCRM savvy database wrangler. Erik has created some pretty nifty scripts to semi-automate the process of figuring out who is active and who needs to be contact to update their details, but there is still alot of manual work to do. Beyond that we would very much like to update our newsletter templates, donation forms, event registration forms, and more fully configure CiviCRM's advanced features including the newish CiviVisualize so we are better able to deliver on our mission to connect and empower African civil society organizations - and show our impact while we are at it. Good stuff. 

I was not aware that Friends of the Earth International is also using CiviCRM to raise funds for their important Ebola fighting efforts in Liberia. That is great to see and I really hope they are successful - the Ebola situation is really scary and I have friends and colleagues in affected countries that I worry about. 

CIVICUS, the other organization besides MSF South Africa that we featured in our roundtable about CiviCRM is actually a very interesting use case and I'm sorry it was not included in the newsletter after all - do take a look at the Kabissa forum post about the roundtable to learn about how CIVICUS uses CiviCRM to power their membership system which is rather sophisticated. They have "Associate" and "Voting" membership levels for both individuals and organizations, and provide signup forms for all of these levels directly on their website - getting this right is hard and they seem to have done so. 

Please note that the two stunning photos attributed to Kabissa in the newsletter are actually from Kabissa members. Mozambikes won the Kabissa photo competition (photo on Flickr) with that amazing photo of a cyclist in Mozambique transporting more coal one would think is possible. The Maasai Girls Education Fund is the source of the photo of the Maasai meeting, which they used among many other great photos in an update back in 2010.

Snapping Cities Photo Competition: Beautiful, Inspiring, and Original Photos sought for 2014 Mo Ibrahim Forum on African Cities

Mo Ibrahim Foundation, a Kabissa member, has announced a photo competition on the theme of African Cities - see below for the announcement I received by email today. If you decide to submit, show us your photos in the comments below as well! 

 

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is to hold its flagship, high-level Annual Governance Weekend from the 21-23 November 2014 in Accra, Ghana. The focus of the weekend will be the Ibrahim Forum. The theme of the discussions is “African Cities”.


It is projected that Africa will enter its ‘urban age’ by 2035 when 50% of its population will live in urban areas. The 2014 Ibrahim Forum will explore innovation and solutions crucial to unlocking the potential of urban centres to act as engines of sustainable and equitable growth and development. 

In the build up to the Forum, MIF is inviting anyone interested in this issue to contribute to the broader discussions by participating in our “Snapping Cities” competition. We encourage you to enter and also share with your networks.

Snapping Cities Photo Competition

Snapping Cities is an opportunity for photographers of all abilities and ages, to capture through their own lenses, urban life in Africa. MIF is seeking images that capture inspiring ways of tackling urban challenges in African cities. This may be modern innovation or a basic adaptation of day-to-day life. The theme is open to your personal interpretation but we’re looking for beautiful, inspiring and original photographs. A selection of the best photographs will be displayed at the 2014 Ibrahim Forum on African Cities in Accra, Ghana, in November, with prizes for the top three entries: first prize of US$500, second prize of US$200 and third prize of US$100.

For more information on how to enter www.moibrahimfoundation.org/snapping-cities

Terms and Conditions apply

Phishing alert: Beware fake emails asking for your passwords!

From two members today I was asked about exactly the same email purporting to be from "our tech support team" and asking for confidential information that should never be shared by email to anyone, ever. If you received this message, please just delete it - don't even bother responding. And definitely do not do as it says and respond with password information. 

Great lineup of Africa Roundtables starts on 13 May with "OpenAid for NGOs", Clayton Dewey from Aten Design Group

Clayton Dewey wrote up a nice post on his blog introducing himself and his topic for the Africa Roundtable coming up on 13 May - see below, after a listing of the great Africa Roundtables we have planned for this summer. To help our event team gauge interest and make plans, please register for the events that interest you as soon as possible!

On May 6, 2014, Kabissa joined 200 Nonprofits for Kitsap Great Give!

Kitsap Great Give

Trivia fact: did you know? the US-based nonprofit organization that governs and operates the Kabissa online networking platform is based on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle in the northwest corner of the United States. Bainbridge is located in Kitsap County, named after Chief Kitsap of the Suquamish tribe. According to wikipedia, Kitsap County was originally called Slaughter County! Thankfully it was soon renamed.  

More immediately relevant to Kabissa is the fact that we have been included in a distinguished group of 200 nonprofits to participate in Kitsap Great Give, a one-day giving event with the aim to raise $500,000 in total. Donations will be incentivized by a widely promoted campaign and exciting prizes contributed by local foundations. 

Kabissa may be run by volunteers, but we depend on donations to cover our core costs. No matter where you are in the world, please join the campaign on 6 May and donate to Kabissa!

Heartbleed Bug - Change passwords TODAY to google, yahoo and many other online services!

Update 4/11: There's a great post over on qz.com with an update on which sites were affected (with before/after lists) and what action should be taken. Key is to not bother updating passwords until the site has been fixed. Link: http://qz.com/197258/t/60189

I just finished changing alot of passwords. <phew>

Please take some time TODAY to read this brief post and change passwords for services that were affected by the Heartbleed Bug but have been fixed already. 

Using Storify to contribute to eNigeria Conference from afar

The #eNigeria2013 Conference is in full swing in Abuja, and I am contributing to the event from afar using Storify - see below for all the details or click here to view the eNigeria Conference story directly on Storify website. It's a distant second from being there in person as I was last year, but still I am happy to be a part of it in my small way.

Storify is a handy online tool that lets you create and develop narrative out of online content. It has powerful search tools to find content on twitter, google and other common sources and then include them using a drag and drop interface. I like it for making sense of the flood of information from a time-limited event that multiple people are posting updates about. 

Africa Roundtable: What is the Appropriate Combination of Financing and Human Capital Training for Sustainable Development?

Update:

Thanks everyone who joined us for the Africa Roundtable! The discussion with Nathan was very interesting, and the recording is well worth listening to (about an hour) and can be downloaded from https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/1436887230943837954 

The Africa Roundtable is back on 15 January, 2014 with an invitation to join a discussion on an interesting and timely question facing African civil society today, proposed by Nathaniel Houghton of the Congo Leadership Initiative: 

"The question development in Africa frequently becomes an argument about whether or how much aid should be given to developing communities and in what cases markets may be a useful development mechanism. This debate simplified is a question over whether the primary or first problem facing underdeveloped countries and communities is a lack of resources or a lack of capacity. Ultimately, both of these factors are necessary to promote sustainable change, but the correct "mix" is a serious topic for debate." 

How to Join the Discussion 

Click here to register and we will send you instructions and a link for joining the online event using your web browser. The event is free for all but we do request that you register in advance and consider making an optional $10 donation to Kabissa which helps to cover our costs. 

The event is scheduled for 15 January, 2014 at 15:00 UTC (6pm Nairobi, 4pm Abuja, 4pm Berlin, 3pm London, 10am Washington DC, 7am Seattle)

Introducing Nathaniel Houghton 

Portrait of Nathaniel Houghton

Nathaniel is the President and Founder of the Congo Leadership Initiative. From the CLI website stories page:

Nate used to think that he didn’t have a very good CLI story. That’s because he can’t point to one moment in Congo that changed his life, made him renounce every idea he had about the world, and led him to start a nonprofit in Africa. He’s not from Congo and the first time he visited Kinshasa, he was nineteen. But at this point, it’s safe to say that Congo’s history, people, and future are as big a part of his life as his own family and friends in the United States.

Nate believes that, “The best way to make the world a better place is to find something you love doing and figure out how to positively impact other people’s lives through your talents and interests. I think startups are cool, and that’s what CLI is. I believe in our product - leadership - and its power to change the world. I am inspired by the countless volunteers, in Congo and around the world, who make CLI possible.” Nate is thrilled with how much CLI has grown and even more excited for the future.

 
Nate believes that, “The best way to make the world a better place is to find something you love doing and figure out how to positively impact other people’s lives through your talents and interests. I think startups are cool, and that’s what CLI is. I believe in our product - leadership - and its power to change the world. I am inspired by the countless volunteers, in Congo and around the world, who make CLI possible.” Nate is thrilled with how much CLI has grown and even more excited for the future.
 
Nate believes that, “The best way to make the world a better place is to find something you love doing and figure out how to positively impact other people’s lives through your talents and interests. I think startups are cool, and that’s what CLI is. I believe in our product - leadership - and its power to change the world. I am inspired by the countless volunteers, in Congo and around the world, who make CLI possible.” Nate is thrilled with how much CLI has grown and even more excited for the future.
 
 
Nate believes that, “The best way to make the world a better place is to find something you love doing and figure out how to positively impact other people’s lives through your talents and interests. I think startups are cool, and that’s what CLI is. I believe in our product - leadership - and its power to change the world. I am inspired by the countless volunteers, in Congo and around the world, who make CLI possible.” Nate is thrilled with how much CLI has grown and even more excited for the future. - See more at: http://congoleaders.org/stories.html#S4

About the Congo Leadership Initiative

Congo Leadership Initiative empowers young people in Congo by preparing them to be leaders because the ultimate solutions to Congo's problems will come from the Congolese people. 

About the Africa Roundtable

The Africa Roundtable is an initiative of Kabissa to organize events to bring together people with a mutual interest in Africa for networking and to learn from featured speakers. Roundtable events connect people via video conference, and are recorded and put online for later viewing.

If you are interested in being featured at a future event please contact [email protected]. Details about upcoming events and an archive of past roundtable events are on our website at http://www.kabissa.org/africaroundtable

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