Kabissa at World Movement for Democracy Fourth Assembly

World Movement for Democracy Fourth Assembly, Istanbul, TurkeyThe World Movement for Democracy Fourth Assembly, April 2-5, 2006, will bring together more than 500 democracy activists, practitioners, trade unionists, scholars, policy makers, and others engaged in promoting democracy around the world. Tobias Eigen and Liz Trautman will be there, contributing to a number of sessions. We will be running a "speedgeeking" session on innovative technology for advocacy, a workshop to share some of the advice imparted by our Dear Mimi on the effective use of e-mail, and a workshop entitled ?¢‚Ǩ?ìBarriers and Breakthroughs: Using Technology to Empower Women?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s Participation,?¢‚Ǩ¬ù in conjunction with Women?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s Learning Partnership. We will also be supporting the launch at the assembly of the African Democracy Forum Online Community Web site.

NIGERIA 21 February: Time to Get Online part of LEAP Africa 's youth leadership training

DSCF0614.thumb.jpgKabissa training partner Mosun Layode of LEAP Africa led a Time to Get Online workshop in Ikeja as part of LEAP's ongoing Leadership Training Programme for about 45 youth between the ages of 18 and 30 years.?Ǭ† The Leadership Training Programme, which is funded by the Ford Foundation, is designed to equip Nigerian youth with the skills, tools and support that they require to become change agents in the society.

Outcomes of the African Civil Society Consultation on Engagement with the AU

The consultation, which took place January 13-16 in Nairobi and was attended by Tobias Eigen, brought together about 60 people from African civil society and the African diaspora with the goal of developing an effective demand and partnership platform with the African Union. Without waiting for AU leaders to convene us and without AU representatives present, we discussed amongst ourselves how to progress thematic, sub-regional or country specific areas of work within a Pan African context. A report is being prepared by a drafting committee led by CREDO for Freedom of Expression and Associated Rights. Organizers released the Resolution of African CSOs on Unsuitability of Sudan to hold Presidency of AU which contains the names of all participating organizations. For further information and to get involved, see the newly launched AU Monitor Blog.

John Githongo Joins Kabissa Board of Directors

John Githongo joins the Kabissa Board of Directors Kabissa is proud to welcome John Githongo to the Kabissa Board of Directors. John, who is now in exile from Kenya and lives in the United Kingdom, was until July 2005 a Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President of the Republic of Kenya in charge of Governance and Ethics. Previously he has worked as a Director on Transparency International?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s global board and as Executive Director of Transparency International-Kenya. He has also worked as a consultant and journalist. His Honours university degree was in Economics and Philosophy, completed at the University of Wales (Swansea) in 1987.

African Civil Society Consultation on Engagement with the AU in Nairobi, Kenya, 13-16 Jan 2006

The consultation, bringing together African civil society and the African diaspora, aspires to develop an effective demand and partnership platform with the African Union (AU). It also hopes to facilitate discussions on how to progress thematic, sub-regional or country specific areas of work within a Pan African context. The consultation will have a modest agenda around the Khartoum Summit in January 2006 and future autonomous civil society engagement with the AU. Kabissa will be represented at the event by Tobias Eigen.

Africa Source II Gets Underway in Kalangala, Uganda, 8-15 Jan 2006

Africa Source II, Kalangala, UgandaKim Lowery, Kabissa's Co-Executive Director, is participating in this exciting event which focusses on how technology, in particular Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) can be integrated into the project work of NGOs. Over a hundred thirty NGO Support Professionals and NGO Staff working at the local level across the region are present at this meeting. Together with a handful of field leaders from Africa, Europe, North America and Asia, they explore how technology can best serve the non-profit sector in Africa both in terms of access and content. Want to observe what is happening? The wiki is online! This wiki is used to plan and dynamically record the agenda and event proceedings. Click here to go to the wiki.

Time To Get Online Training of Trainers Workshop Completed Rabat, Morocco, November 21-25 2005

Tanmia Training of Trainers Workshop, Rabat Morocco November 2005Tanmia.ma, a Moroccan civil society portal and Kabissa partner, and Kabissa ran a Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop in Rabat, Morocco to provide 16 NGO leaders with both the ICT (information and communication technologies) and facilitation skills and tools to carry out ICT training workshops in their own communities based on the Time to Get Online curriculum. In addition to this face-to-face workshop, an eLearning session was conducted with participants in the four weeks leading up to the workshop to refresh participants?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ skills, review expectations, and prepare participants. Tanmia also expected that some of these participants may also be selected to run regional ?¢‚Ǩ?ìfocal points?¢‚Ǩ¬ù as part of the Tanmia network of NGOs.

Neema Mgana is new Community Representative on the Kabissa board

Neema MganaThe election for the Community Representative on the Kabissa board is now over. More than 40% of Kabissa members voted, and selected Neema Mgana. All three candidates were very impressive and the Kabissa Community would have been very well served with any of them! We look forward to a continued close relationship with Bisi Olateru-Olagbegi and Omeire "Bishop" Edward. Overall the Kabissa team is very encouraged by the engagement demonstrated in this process by all the members of the Kabissa Community - thank you!

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