PROGRAMMES
CURRENT PROJECTS

The organization continually disseminates resources and research reports regarding Human Rights issues relating to our main focus areas. These resources are available in the Human Rights Resources section of our website.

The Ngiyabonga - Human Rights Resources Initiative recently conducted a pilot impact study on sixteen organizations based in Johannesburg, relating to their work on HIV/AIDS. Our aim was to collect information regarding their projects; beneficiaries/target groups; collaborations and partnerships; and their evaluation and monitoring methods. The organisations included in this study varied from small grass-roots community groups, to large organisations with international impact.

In late 2006 and early 2007, we embarked on a pilot study on the access to Human Rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers, and in particular, the impact of the non-profit sector in this regard. Our aim was to collect information regarding, among others, access to health care, access to information, and access to legal services. This data was gathered through the support and information sharing of organisations working directly and indirectly with refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa.

Ngiyabonga was enlisted to conduct a pilot research study on behalf of the SOS Children's Villages international management team and the Hermann Gmeiner Akadamie in Innsbruck, where the SOS model of childcare is compared to other models of long-term out-of-home childcare. The project is being piloted in South Africa and India. The purpose of the project is to guide SOS Children's Villages, as well as the other stakeholders in the study, in building the capacity of their organisations, by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of their models as compared to other models of long-term out-of-home care.

We will also be launching a research project on HIV/Aids and the Rights of the Child. The project will attempt to identify the discrimination faced by children infected and affected by HIV/Aids in South Africa. Emphasis will be placed on the success of legal and social resources and services available to protect the rights of the child as well as the effects on the child where these resources and services have failed or not been employed.

We will also continue working alongside several of our partner organisations, conducting a series of research and capacity building projects, which aim to provide fellow organisations with additional skills, information and expertise.

Ngiyabonga is also very involved in the projects and expansion of the United Nations Associations - South Africa. Our CEO was elected to the Executive Committee, responsible for Community Development, and has been charged with expanding the organisation's chapters from being purely university-based, to chapters which include individual non-student members, as well as civil-society organisations. She has also been elected as President of the new Johannesburg chapter of the organisation.