"What Makes Kabissa Unique?"

by Betsy Malcolm

thumb_betsy_malcolmThree individuals helping over 900 organizations in Africa use technology to serve uncounted individuals in their health care, education, and in every other important aspect of their lives. Twenty years ago it would have been impossible. Today, Kabissa is doing it.

Three years ago, as I was reading Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat, I heard Kim Lowery, Co-Executive Director of Kabissa, speak and was immediately struck by what a perfect example Kabissa is of Friedman's flat world. The global reach of the Internet allows clusters of terrorists to project fear around the world and allows the customer service person discussing my local purchase to be located in Denpasar. But it also allows the small Kabissa team to effect positive change for thousands of Africans. What a remarkable development! And Kabissa is in the vanguard - providing Internet tools and services to grassroots organizations in Africa.

The very tininess of Kabissa appeals to me. It means my donations of time and money (and Kabissa welcomes both!) have a real impact. With no bureaucracy to support, every dollar or hour I give directly impacts the ability of a non-profit organization in Africa to improve someone's life. I am pleased to be able to help.

-Betsy Malcolm has been involved with Kabissa for the last three years. She has hosted two receptions for Kabissa in her New York home, and is a member of the event committee planning Kabissa's Wine Tasting for Change on April 18.

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).

For more information: http://www.ngocongo.org/index.php?what=resources&id=10376&language=en

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, africa.reuters.com. 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.

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