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Firestarter: How innovation can light up South Africa

South Africa has a vibrant civil society history. However, post-1994 and the country’s first democratic elections, many civil society organisations lost their spark. DGMT believes that if we reignite civil society, we can drive public innovation and light up South Africa. In a deep-dive discussion, David Harrison, DGMT CEO, examines the challenges and rewards of […]

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Posted on 13 April 2018 under Opportunity 7: Reflection and Analysis.

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The butterfly effect

An article from DGMT’s Annual Report, 2017 Annual reports tend to be self-congratulatory affairs. So let us cut ourselves down to size before we even begin. Last year, DGMT distributed the equivalent of just 0.02% of South Africa’s public expenditure for 2017. That’s tiny in comparison. If we were a species in the animal kingdom […]

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Posted on 6 April 2018 under Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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A million happy faces: Nal’ibali talks about the success of World Read Aloud Day 2018

We were so excited by the fact that Nal’ibali mobilised South Africans to read to 1 294 345 children on World Read Aloud Day this year, that we asked them to tell us how they did it:    You have seen an 80% increase in the number of children who were read to on World Read […]

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Posted on 16 March 2018 under Opportunity 6: Implementation Experience, Strategy 2017.

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The ordinary magic guaranteed to change our country

Building simple, loving connections for every child is Opportunity 7 in DGMT’s strategic blueprint. During a recent deep-dive conversation with our CEO, David Harrison, he explained how fostering such connections are essential to bringing about long-term change in South Africa. Let’s start by looking at the key concepts that form the premise of this opportunity: […]

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Posted on 2 March 2018 under Opportunity 7: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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What is undermining our investments in South Africa’s children?

Returning to work following the December break, my colleagues at the Zero-Stunting Initiative and I, began to share stories of how our families view the work we are doing to tackle widespread and chronic undernutrition in SA.  Stunted children are short-for-age because they don’t get enough of the right foods, and this affects their ability […]

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Posted on 15 February 2018 under Opportunity 5: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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The South African Child Gauge 2017: Invest in children for sustainable development

Most of South Africa’s children are surviving, but too many are failing to thrive and achieve their full potential, and this is costing the economy billions in lost human potential. Investing in children – and particularly in violence prevention, networks of care, nutrition, education and inclusive services – would drive the next wave of social […]

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Posted on 28 November 2017 under Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 4: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017.

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Stunting – the silent killer of South Africa’s potential

When we think malnutrition we tend to think of emaciated children struggling to survive, but malnutrition is also the cause of stunting – a largely invisible condition that is starving the economy by preventing our children from reaching their full potential.  By Sinikiwe Mqadi The recently published South African Early Childhood Review 2017 reinforced the fact […]

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Posted on 22 November 2017 under Opportunity 5: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Unlock, inspire, include: How unlikely networks push us forward

DGMT’s strategy and 10 opportunities to change South Africa are clearly set out. Still, some of these opportunities are easier to grasp than others: for example, most people would immediately understand what it means to give every child the benefit of early childhood development. The steps to achieving that are also clear, even if there are […]

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Posted on 18 October 2017 under Opportunity 3: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Unsung heroines in the field of development: Alice Phirime

Alice Phirime shares her journey in the field of development as the third interviewee of our Women’s Month series, which aims to celebrate the lesser-known women in the sector  – making an impact where they are, with whatever resources they have. Hi Alice, please tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Mosebatho Alice […]

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Posted on 25 August 2017 under Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Where did the other half go? What is driving school dropout in South Africa?

Most 17 year olds are attending school and will soon write their matric exam, even if not all of them pass. Right?  No! By the time a class of 30 children reaches grade 12, 50% of their peers have already left school without even making it to the grade where their can write matric. This […]

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Posted on 24 August 2017 under Opportunity 10: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 10: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017.

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