YUVA was invited to attend a talk on “Gender Inequality in Entrepreneurship” at the US Embassy, Port Louis. The panel of speakers addressing the issue included Sadhna Sokhal, Managing Director of Legem Ltd and African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) alumna, Karen Yvon, Director of Keda and Nazeem Junggee, Mandela Washington Fellow and Director of 1950 Studios.
Gender Inequality is one of the often-raised issues that have existed since the beginning of interaction between men and women. No doubt, gender plays a major part in the division of labour in today’s society. Gender inequality in Entrepreneurship has given rise to numerous policies, aiming at wiping off gender discrimination on recruitment, salary and promotion processes. Continue reading “YUVA at US Embassy’s talk on Gender Inequality in Entrepreneurship”
In the context of the World Mental Health Day Celebration and the Promotion of the African Charter to the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities, held on the 10th of October, the Edycs Epilepsy Group organised the official launching of the Edycs ARADI Advocacy Group. YUVA, along with many other member organisations, were presented with membership awards, in the presence Mr Daniel Eric Clive Laurent, Lord Mayor of Port Louis; Mr Paramasiva Chengan, president of MACOSS; Mr Youssouf Noormamode, president of Edycs Epilepsy Group; and other NGOs at the Municipality of Port Louis. Continue reading “Official Launching of Edycs ARADI Advocacy Group”
Organised by YUVA Port Louis, today morning 65 needy children of the suburbs have benefited from school materials at Centre de Rencontre (Ex-Marché de la Butte).
YUVAN Veronique Labonte led this project by targeting the needy children by conducting surveys and groundwork in the suburbs of Port Louis.
Present in the event, YUVA national president Krishna Athal seized the opportunity to thank all volunteers who participated in the #EducationForAll campaign, which was conducted by YUVA since the last three months.
YUVA is organising a debate forum on “Good Governance” with delegates from Africa, school students, university students, government officials, NGO representatives and personalities from the corporate sector as participants.
In this context, YUVA invites you and officials of your organisation as participants on Wednesday 2 December 2015, from 09:00hr to noon at Le Saint Georges Hotel, 19 St George Street, Port Louis.
Good governance requires a number of mechanisms in order to work efficiently, performance being one of those mechanisms. As a principle, performance is determined as their ability to respond to institutions and processes trying to serve all stakeholders involved. It also goes without saying that in line with performance indicators, effectiveness and efficiency features in among this as performance is hardly anything unless measured as being effective or at least having the ability to measure such factors. When speaking about effectiveness and efficiency in the context of good governance, it enshrines the processes and institutions ability to produce results that meet the needs of society while ensuring that resources are used as best as possible.
Good governance is a complex and at times elusive term widely used in different contexts. Governance does not relate exclusively with government. Instead, governance is “a process whereby societies or organizations make their important decisions, determine whom they involve in the process and how they render account” (Graham, J., B. Amos and T. Plumptre, 2003:1). The concept of governance can be used in different contexts such as the international, national, local, and corporate sphere
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), a branch of the United Nations (UN) focused on global development, provides five guiding principles, legitimacy and voice, direction, performance, accountability, and fairness, that allow a better grasp of the term good governance.
Challenges associated with the conceptualization of Good Governance
The conceptualization of the term good governance creates challenges at the operational level as it offers little guidance on concrete actions to be taken. For example, de Vries (2013) points out that behind each of the UNDP’s five dimensions are multiple indicators. This results in over 150 indicators for improving governance, thus further complicating the application of the principles of good governance. Grindle (2007), a critic of the term good governance, argues that governments often lack the resources to adequately apply the concepts of good governance. It is thus difficult to fully achieve the ideals of good governance.
The question then remains what is good governance and how can it effectively be applied?
Good governance in the Mauritian context
Public Sector: The Ministry of Financial Services, Good Governance and Institutional Reforms
The Ministry of Financial Services, Good Governance and Institutional Reforms is a newly created Ministry with the aim to “fight fraud, eradicate corruption, malpractices and irregularities in all aspects of public life to foster development”. This ministry seeks to highlight the need for judicious utilization of funds, transparency, and accountability in the public sector. It also seeks to provide guidance and support for the enforcement of good governance.
Civil Society: Mauritius Council of Social Science (MACOSS)
MACOSS is an umbrella organization for Mauritian NGOs, which has 368 registered NGOs. It seeks to promote social and community development and voluntary actions through non-governmental organizations. In its recent publication, Principles and Guidelines for Good Governance (2015) MACOSS provides guidance to help NGOs apply the abstract term of good governance into practical terms within the Mauritian context. MACOSS describes what good governance looks like within an organization. It gives NGOs concrete steps to ensure the application of good governance such as separation of governance and management, need for high professional and ethical standards, need for financial disclosure, and the importance of internal and external audits.
À, Son Excellence M. Laurent Garnier
Ambassadeur de France à Maurice
14, rue Saint Georges, Port-Louis
Attentats Paris: lettre de condoléances et solidarité à la France
Excellence Monsieur l’Ambassadeur,
YUVA a appris avec beaucoup de tristesse les attentats perpétrés à Paris, faisant 129 morts et 350 blessés. Attentats odieux et contre notre humanité commune.
On ne peut accepter une telle barbarie. Au niveau de notre organisation non-gouvernementale, nous condamnons avec la plus grande fermeté ces actes terroristes, leurs auteurs, et tous ceux qui les soutiennent.
Le choc est largement partagé au sein de YUVA. Nous sommes avec la France et le peuple français. Je vous prie de bien vouloir accepter mes très sincères condoléances et transmettre ma profonde sympathie aux blessés et aux familles des victimes.
Je vous prie d’agréer, Monsieur l’Ambassadeur, l’expression de ma très haute considération.