Join Kabissa for a Wine Tasting in New York


Kabissa Wine Tasting

Please join us on April 18 for an evening of fine European wines and light hors d'oeuvres in support of Kabissa, an organization dedicated to empowering African nonprofit organizations to use technology. Kabissa's Co-Director Kim Lowery will share stories of the incredible ways technology is revolutionizing the work of grassroots organizations across the African continent.

j0384859Wednesday, April 18, 2007
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Moore Brothers Wine Company
33 East 20th Street
New York City

$25 in advance, $35 at the door

Addis Ababa to host civil society forum on MDGs

The Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CONGO) and the African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) plan to hold a civil society forum to explore governance issues at the regional and global levels towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The forum is set for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, between March 22 to 24, 2007. It is organized in cooperation with the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union (AU). The forum seeks to bring together representatives of national, regional and international NGOs from Africa to explore the most effective ways to partner with and impact on African institutions such as the African Union, the UN Economic Commission Africa and the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD).

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Reporting Africa, blog by blog

A new collaboration between the citizen journalists of Global Voices and Reuters promises refreshing perspectives by and from Africa, says Becky Hogge.

"Reuters is not responsible for any content provided by external sources", reads the notice posted beneath a list of links to blog posts on the international news agency's new portal, With that disclaimer in place, the Reuters website, launched on 21 February 2007, promises to aggregate pan- African news from a number of sources, including the Harvard-based Global Voices project.

Request for Proposals: Kabissa Online Community/CRM Project (CLOSED)

Kabissa is seeking experienced partners to assist in a new project to implement an Online Community/Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system for its 900+ members in Africa. Based on Kabissa's specifications, completed in October 2006, we have determined three major pieces of functionality we will require in a CRM system - member management, e-mailing, and e-commerce. These pieces may be provided by one tool or multiple tools, but all must work well with each other. All tools must be extremely user friendly, especially from the front end

Kabissa Member Survey Coming Soon!

The 2007 Kabissa Member Survey will be launched soon! Kabissa members: look for an e-mail in the coming weeks with instructions on how to participate. Last year's survey was a big success and we hope to hear from even more members this year. Help us improve our services by participating in the survey. As a thank you for your time, all participating organizations will be entered to win a prize!

Kabissa Welcomes Five New Interns

In January, five new interns joined the Kabissa team, so don't be surprised if you see a few new names in emails from us - Vicki Aken as Online Community Coordinator, Ryan Cargo as Special Projects Intern, Natalie McIntyre as Development Intern, Chris Perry as Online Community Coordinator, and Vicrum Puri as Member Relations/ Development Intern. They all bring a lot of enthusiasm and experience to Kabissa, which will surely be evident in our projects over the next few months.

Voting begins for "Charity Starts at a Joomla Homepage" Contest!

Joomla! Kabissa is one of five finalists competing for a free custom designed Joomlashack Website template! We are big fans of the beautiful templates offered by Joomlashack to the Joomla community and are thus very honored to be a finalist selected from over 100 nominated organizations to get a shot at winning this contest. Joomla! is the freely distributable open source content management system that drives the Kabissa Website and many other excellent websites hosted on the Kabissa server.

Given the big plans we have for the Kabissa site in the coming months, a beautiful new website design would be a most welcome contribution to the entire Kabissa community. Click here to register in the Joomlashack forum and vote for Kabissa! Voting ends on Wednesday, 24 January.

Nata Village Blog in Botswana

 The Nata Village Blog is a web and video blog that focuses on the battle to control HIV/AIDS in the village of Nata in Botwana. While the organisers hope to use the website as a fund raising tool, they also aim to give its visitors a chance to meet the people of Nata, learn their stories and get an intimate look at how they live. The website documents the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS in the village and shares the stories of People Living with AIDS (PLWA).

The initiative was born when world traveller Jon Rawlinson met up with Melody Jenkins who serves as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Nata. ?¢‚Ǩ?ìBoth were frustrated with the fact that enormous amounts of money are pouring into Africa yet little money is getting to the village level and to those who need it most.?¢‚Ǩ¬ù Jon made three visits to Nata and filmed a documentary about HIV/AIDS in the village. The documentary led the way to the website.

The website shows the Nata Clinic, featuring PLWA?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s, village life, youth groups, the Kgosi?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s (chiefs) and the professionals involved in the fight to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. The site hopes to profile the specific needs of the village and give its visitors an opportunity to help.

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