The good side of volunteering

I have always kept this saying “work hard and everything shall fall in place”. This is only true, if one knows how to answer it correctly. While doing my undergraduate degree, I found that there were two extreme groups on campus. In one group, you have students that hardly pitch up for lectures, then “rock up” for exams and then pass with flying colours.

The Internet and Human Rights

I am and always have been an advocate of Internet as an important empowerment tool for civil society organizations worldwide working to improve the lives of people in their communities. The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights is also an important tool we can use to claim and defend our rights. Sometimes the connection gets lost, and indeed it seems that, increasingly, the Internet is being used more as a tool to oppress us rather than to empower us. 

So for this year's Blog Action Day on Human Rights I would like to draw your attention to The Internet and Human Rights, the infographic below published by APC.ORG under a creative commons license, which clearly outlines the articles in the declaration of human rights that related to how we use the Internet. These freedoms are important and we need to understand them in order to defend them. To this end, APC has developed Internet Rights Are Human Rights, an excellent series of training curricula that you can download and use to teach yourself or use to run workshops  on the topic. 

The Internet and Human Rights

The power of the youth

One day, Jack who is 19 years old was sitting in his porch when he suddenly heard the ice cream truck. Without thinking twice, he ran out and decided to run across Sarah’s lawn. He was immediately stopped in his track by Sarah as she had laid new grasses on the lawn the previous day. By definition, Jack violated Sarah Human Rights by not respecting her property simultaneously Sarah had also violated Jack’s Human Rights by denying his freedom of movement.

Celebrate International Day of the Girl in October with Girl Rising!

Girl Rising
The second annual International Day of the Girl is TODAY, October 11, 2013You are invited to celebrate with Kabissa's newest member organization, Girl Rising, who are helping to organize celebration events around the world (200 already planned in Africa!) throughout the month of October. 
This year's theme is girls' education, and it's not too late to plan an event of your own. You can show a portion of the Girl Rising film, or hold a house party, discussion, or volunteer day. There are a number of great tools like save the dates, invitations, and promotional videos available online through the Girl Rising toolkit once you register, helping to make any event you choose to host a great success. 
To see awesome ideas for events in your region and register your own please click here!

Update: Registration for International Day of the Girl is now closed.

It was a huge success, with more than 2,000 Girl Rising events in over 150 countries – from screenings, to art exhibits to talent shows.

Want to get involved? Here are three ways:

  • Host a screening. Bring Girl Rising to your community.
  • Organize an event. Our next big moment is March 8, International Women’s Day. Sign up now to be notified when our materials are ready.
  • Join the movement! Be part of a growing global community of girl champions.

Thanks so much!

Blog Action Day is just 5 days away. Register your blog today.

I received this important reminder and tips by email today from the Blog Action Day team. All Kabissa members are strongly encouraged to participate! Click here for info specific for Kabissa members blogging about human rights in Africa.

Latest news from Blog Action Day

Dear Tobias,

It’s hard to believe that Blog Action Day has come around again so quickly. Our team of volunteers are working hard to make sure that this year’s Blog Action Day will be awesome. 

As previous Blog Action Day participants, we don’t want you to miss on being part of Blog Action Day. Mark October 16 in your calendar now and set yourself a reminder to get your post ready.

Make sure you register your blog today, so we can include it in our participants list and help connect you with thousands of other bloggers around the world.  

Not sure what to cover in your Blog Action Day post?

This year the Blog Action Day theme is Human Rights.

We know that some bloggers might find developing a post about Human Rights a bit tricky, especially if you don’t normally cover it in your regular posts. It may even be what has been putting your off from registering your blog to take part in Blog Action Day. 

To make it  a little bit easier, here are some ideas to help you develop your blog post. 

  • If you’re short on time, work together with other bloggers to produce content together
  • Ask your blog and social media followers what they would like to know about Human Rights and focus your post on trying to answer their questions. 

To make sure you make the most out of Blog Action Day we have take a look at our blog post on the Top 5 tips on how to make the most out of being involved in Blog Action Day

We are looking forward to see what you have to say about Human Rights on October 16so don’t forget to register and get your post ready.  

All the best

Karina and the rest of the Blog Action Day Team.

P.S. Tell your friends to take part in Blog Action Day  with you and register their blogs by going to our website in English Spanish or Portuguese


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Boost your Holiday Fundraising Potential - Join GlobalGiving in December!

As summer gives way to colored leaves and crisper mornings, people are beginning to gear up for the start of the 2013 holiday season. Donors bundled up at home are enacting the spirit of holiday giving via the more convenient, and increasingly more favorable option, of donating online. The success of last year’s #GivingTuesday campaign, a pseudo-holiday in line with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, evidenced this trend with more than 2500 non-profits collecting a total of over $10 million in online donations. This gross total demonstrated a 46% increase from 2011 alongside a 25% increase in average gift size (

Thus, Q4 proves itself to be a crucial period for non-profits like you to focus on raising funds. With the month of December alone encompassing a third of annual online giving and 22% of year-round donations accruing in the last two days of the month, this is not an opportunity to be missed! As holiday donors seize their last minute chance to make tax-deductible donations before the end of year, generosity is in high abundance. According to Charity Navigator, the average gift in December 2012 was valued at $142 versus the average of $91 for the year. 

So how can you benefit from this profound trend of online holiday giving? For starters, take advantage of the extensive tools and training support that come with using GlobalGiving as a fundraising platform for your non-profit’s project. GlobalGiving is an innovative online fundraising platform for grassroots projects both within the US and abroad.

How can you join?

In order to secure a permanent spot on GlobalGiving, interested organizations must participate in an Open Challenge by posting one project that is required to raise $5,000 from at least 40 unique donors within the duration of the month-long challenge. The next Open Challenge runs from November 25, 2013-December 31, 2013

Apply to join today! Our next deadline is October 16th.

Visit our website today to find out more information about how you can get started with GlobalGiving and benefit from the wealth of Q4 holiday giving! 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] 

5 tips to make the most out of taking part in Blog Action Day

Blog Action Day 2013

October brings Blog Action Day, which this year will focus the world's attention on the important topic of human rights. This is an ideal opportunity for Kabissa members working in Africa on human rights to tell your stories and showcase your successes and challenges in defending them in your communities. Click here for details on how to participate, and email us with your ideas. 

5 tips to make the most out of taking part in Blog Action Day

(source: Karina Brisby post on Blog Action Day website

Blog Action Day 2013 is almost here. Below are some top tips we have learnt over the years to make the most out of your involvement.  If you have additional tips add them in the comments section of Karina's post.

1. Blog Action Day Don’t forget to take part.

Put a reminder in your calendar for October 16, 2013 to make your blog post live on Blog Action Day.

Every year lots of people forget to add their post, so put a reminder in your calendar now and set your alarm or reminder to alert you to take part in Blog Action Day.

In addition, you may want to join our Facebook or Google+ events for October 16 as an extra reminder.

2. Prepare you Blog Action Day post in advance.

We are all very busy people, but if you leave your Blog Action Day post until the last moment, you may run out of time.

By having your post ready a couple of days before October 16, you give yourself lots of time to follow the live coverage or  look at other participants posts. Most importantly you get your post done.

3. Make your post easy to find. Tag your post.

Most Blog Action Day participants use WordPress, Blogger or Tumblr to host their blogs. These systems like nearly all other blogging systems have a section called Tags or Labels which allows you to attach keywords to your post that help search engines find your content more easily.

We suggest that you add the following tags #BAD13#OCT16#Humanrights#BlogActionDay alongside any other terms that would describe your post content in these sections

If you are unsure how to use tags or labels, here is a great explanation of how to use them and from the parenting blog network MumsNet.

4. Promote your post.

When you have posted your Blog Action Day to your blog on October 16, make sure your tell your friends and the Blog Action Day Team about it.

If you use social media networks like TwitterFacebookOrkut or Google+, tell the people in your network that you have taken part in Blog Action Day and that you would like them to read and comment on your blog.

Here is a suggested status update you could use.

“I’ve just posted my #BlogActionDay post on #HumanRights on [yourwebsitelink] take a look & leave a comment #BAD13″

The Blog Action Day team will be able to search for most blogs and related content, but to make sure we don’t miss yours, tweet us at @blogactionday or via our live coverage widget that will be on the front page of our website.

5.  Read other Blog Action Day posts and take part in the discussion.

One of the best things about Blog Action Day is that you make connections with amazing blogs that you might not usually come across.

Follow the live coverage on October 16, on and our social media profiles to find out about other participant posts. If you like someone’s Blog Action Day post why not leave a comment and share it via social networks.

Reporting back from Netsquared Camp @2013 CAMEROON

The goal of Netsquared Camp 2013, Cameroon was to build a community of techies and members who can actively participate in the extension of the network both in their local communities and beyond. This was done through:

  • One week workshop to train participants on web development, fund raising and online Communication from the 9th to the 12th of September 2013,
  • One day conference on the 20th of September 2013 with the press to mobilize new members for local groups.

One week workshop

This workshop brought together fifteen motivated and engaged citizens from different social backgrounds among which were civil society organizations, civil servants, businesses and religious bodies. The participants had a wonderful marathon in learning the following web applications: Web development :

Initiation to Web Communication

One day conference

The conference assembled fifty five (55) participants including civil servants, civil society, techies, businesses and pressmen @ hotel Lewatin Doulala.

Major activities of the day

·         Presentation of Netsquared and Techsoup by Excel Asama

·         Restitution of the one week workshop by Grace Same, Coordinator of Women and Girls in ICTs Working Group (

·         Presentation of the global campaign on ‘Women raise their voices for peace through Social Media’ by Sylvie Ndongmo president of Women Peace Initiatives, founder of FEMNET Cameroon and coordinator of the AWANICH and COREFAC Networks in Cameroon and Central Africa.

Key projects presented

·Prevention Talk:An initiative to demonstrate the power of Web2.0 in the prevention of socio political crisis and the promotion of pace with case study; legislatives and municipal elections in Cameroon come September 30; 2013.

Presenter:Excel Asama

Organization:I-Vission International (

·  Cameroon Road Safety Platform presented by Grace SAME. The objective of the project is to combat road insecurity in Cameroon via the Internet.

Website: under construction @

Netsquared Camp Cameroon 2013 attempted a response to the following needs:

  1. Slow penetration rate of the network in this part of the world;
  2. Indifference of citizens to ICT matters as a result of ignorance;
  3. Absence of a team of techies ready to engage in ICT start ups.  

 Outputs of the Camp

  • Fifteen (15) participants were trained on Web development, Web Communication etc
  • A team of techies to boost the Netsquared Network  was put in place
  • We succeeded to create awareness on the Netsquared network in particular and the ICTs as a whole in our Sub region through national and international press
  • More members joined Netsquared Cameroon local groups from 92 to 104 and is growing
  • Four Regional Delegates from Government officially declared their support for the network!


-         Workshop pictures:

-         Conference pictures:

Advocacy and Knowledge Management: Empowering & Building Capacity of the target people

Everyone knows that Knowledge is the main key of success. For an effective organization, it is very much needed to build up knowledge management unit into the organization.  It helps increasing knowledge of its members and employees. By sharing knowledge with one another and with other organizations all employees can run their works smoothly, because earning more knowledge sharp everyone’s brain and merit.

Several types of Advocacy also help the employees to increase their ability to work by improving their satisfactions. We know that, the employees/labors of many industries are poor. So if it is possible to run some advocacy programs and provide knowledge for their capacity building, then the poor people get opportunity to improve their present life style and gradually alleviate their poverty.

In other hand, advocacy and knowledge sharing activities are much needed for social and nonprofit organizations for their clients and beneficiaries. Because, we know, getting social advocacy and knowledge everyone especially the poor can improve their life style. Proper advocacy and knowledge help to build their capacity for livelihood development. So, for effective result and touch the real goal and objectives of organization, it should running advocacy and knowledge sharing programs for their members, employees and clients. It could build a separate organ or unit for doing this. By this unit every organization collects and shares their knowledge and doing their advocacy related works with other organizations, academics, policy makers etc.

Here I share one of my presentations about the process of advocacy works and knowledge sharing activities and build up a ‘Social Advocacy and Knowledge Management (SAKM) Unit’.

Please see the attached file.

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