The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) has launched NGO Pulse, the new South African NGO portal.
First introduced on 24 October 2005 as the SANGONeT South African NGO portal, it has already attracted more than 500 000 visitors in the past three years, providing NGOs with a strategic platform to communicate with each other and other stakeholders.
The introduction of NGO Pulse represents an important milestone in the consolidation of SANGONeT's online content services, the strategic alignment of SANGONeT's programme activities, and the introduction of SANGONeT's new corporate identity.
To view the new portal, refer to http://www.ngopulse.org.
According to SANGONeT's executive director, David Barnard, "in the next few months SANGONeT will work closely with NGOs throughout South Africa
in building NGO Pulse into a truly online NGO community space and social networking platform".
The NGO sector is often perceived as lacking cohesion, duplicating efforts and reluctant to share information about its activities.
NGO Pulse will respond to these challenges by connecting NGOs in South Africa using various social networking tools linked to "issue groups" representing the core work of the sector. These include issues such as education, environment, civil society, democracy and governance, fundraising, NGO management and technology. NGOs will be encouraged to take responsibility for populating these sections themselves, thus contributing to building an online community space for the NGO sector.
According to NGO Pulse's editor Janine Moolman: "NGO Pulse provides a gateway to the NGO sector in South Africa, raising the profile of South African NGOs both locally and internationally, and supporting the process of repositioning and strengthening the sector in response to the development challenges facing South Africa."