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Current Awareness 2022: April

This monthly post, compiled by the Information Search Librarians Team, will note special dates and themes, and draw your attention to possibly interesting cross-disciplinary topical references intended to inform and to inspire ideas for research.

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What is current awareness

Current awareness is the term used to describe staying informed by keeping up to date with the latest publications, research and news in your field.

The perspective of current awareness is the present and the forthcoming, as opposed to the retrospective. 

Current awareness ranges from looking for information on specific topics on a regular basis (and this usually involves the assistance of your Personal Librarian to help you set up a search profile matched to your research interests) to embracing a wider, more general, and cross-disciplinary view that brings an element of serendipity into your search for the latest information.

Informally, researchers remain alert in all contexts for useful information and insights that will inform their daily practice, their research, and spark off innovative and creative ideas for new avenues of research.

Website of the month

Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity

The Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity fosters partnerships between public, private and civil society actors in cultural industries in developing countries.

This initiative is an operational project of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which reaffirms the importance of promoting innovative partnerships responding to the needs of developing countries.

The Global Alliance operates at two levels: it provides information and tools on the partnerships through a web platform and supports operational projects in the field.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Since its inception in 1972, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has been the global authority that sets the environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

UNEP’s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.



Further reading


UN Disability Inclusion Strategy

The United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy provides the foundation for sustainable and transformative progress on disability inclusion through all pillars of the work of the United Nations: peace and security, human rights, and development.

Making Peace With Nature

The first UNEP synthesis report is titled: “Making Peace With Nature: A scientific blueprint to tackle the climate, biodiversity and pollution emergencies” and is based on evidence from global environmental assessments

About the monthly awareness page

The year is marked with many special days, weeks, and months dedicated and devoted to raising awareness about important issues.

This monthly post, compiled by the Information Search Librarians Team, will note special dates and themes, and draw your attention to possibly interesting cross-disciplinary topical references intended to inform and to inspire ideas for research.

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Preserving our natural environment and food security – more should be done

  • Fana Marutla

Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese Vol. 28, No. 7, pp 1-1 01 August 2020


As we celebrate Women’s Month in recognition of the role phenomenal women, particularly the activists of the 1950s, have played in shaping the freedom and democratisation of our beloved country, we are forever indebted to their contribution. The government has celebrated this month with the theme Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights for an Equal Future. It is a vision that must be pursued relentlessly, and we congratulate the many women who have already established themselves as leaders. We would like to see more women-led companies assisting our country by employing more people, thus reducing the unsustainably high unemployment rate. A pastor defined hope as “developing a picture of the future which is delightful, and then pursuing it with all of God’s wisdom and strength”. With less than 10% of all registered engineering professionals at ECSA being women, in a country where women reportedly make up 51% of the population, more work lies ahead. We all need to pursue a delightful future based on the principles of equality. The other important matters which we need to pay concomitant attention to are the preservation of our natural environment, and food security. It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more pieces of plastic in our oceans than fish. This is not a delightful picture of the future. Alarm bells on food security are also beginning to ring.


Strategies for diversity management

  • L. Greybe and F.M. Uys

Journal of Public Administration Vol. 36, No. 3, pp 185-201 01 September 2001


The diversity management approach is essential for all public institutions in functioning effectively within the diverse local, national and international environments. It is important that management knows the environment within which they are making such an application in order to be able to apply the correct strategy or combination of strategies in the correct circumstances and at the right time, that is, a contingency approach. As a result of the greater awareness of and insistence on the employment of employees from various cultural groups, the acknowledgement of gender equality and the reality of various age groups, the corps of employees reflect greater diversity than a decade or two ago. Employees from diverse environments with divergent abilities are able to satisfy the various needs of clients more effectively, thereby gaining legitimacy. On the basis of research it seems that the creation of a mission, creative leadership, the predisposition and involvement of senior management, the attainment of objectives, communication, the creation of positive diverse interaction and partnerships are clear indicators of a goal-orientated diversity management.