Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes


Your Mandela Day to-do list: Grow empathy, connect to others, take action – but choose wisely

The message behind Mandela Day is that we all have the ability and responsibility to change the world for the better.  In theory many people agree with this sentiment, judging from the 2.8K likes that a Nelson Mandela quote like […]

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Posted on 18 July 2016

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Clever hacks, sound advice and nifty tools to excite NGOs in 2016

There is some disagreement about what the word “hack” refers to outside of programming contexts.  We see it as a way of doing something that may not provide the most straightforward or expected solution, and yet it presents a clever […]

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Posted on 1 February 2016

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The Karnataka Learning Partnership: what data can do

  Imagine: A parent is trying to decide whether to send her child to the preschool at the end of her street, or the one in a nearby neighbourhood. She’s heard the faraway preschool is better, but it also has […]

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Posted on 23 November 2015

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We recommend…

A quick note to let you know about some recent online discoveries we’ve found helpful and inspiring:     The Community Tool Box is a public service of the University of Kansas and is developed and managed by the KU Work Group for […]

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Posted on 28 October 2015

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Lets change the way we relate to each other with StoryCorps

I recently discovered StoryCorps on the internet. It’s the most exciting discovery I’ve made all year; in fact, it tops my list of internet discoveries for the past few years. Before I spend a lot of time explaining what Storycorps […]

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Posted on 9 October 2015

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What does creative learning look like for grown-ups?

Working in the education and non-profit sectors, I’ve been to talks and conferences that fire up my passion – that make me want to leap out of my seat and do something. But I’ve been to at least as many with […]

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Posted on 24 July 2015

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Thinking scale – some tips to think about

Many of the organisations that we work with ultimately aim to scale – but very few have a clear sense of how to do it. While at a detailed level there are lots of ways to think about and plan […]

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Posted on 1 July 2015

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Communicating effectively about your organisation’s work and achievements: resources and advice

As a funder, we are at the receiving end of organisations’ efforts to communicate their work and achievements. We review many grant applications, sit through hours of presentations and carefully study reporting and learning documents. From this experience, we thought […]

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Posted on 22 April 2015

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To randomise or not to randomise?

As portfolio managers of a developmental finance organisation, we often find ourselves completely exhausted after a round of tug-and-war during funding application assessments.  How can we be certain that the projects that we would like to see funded are worth […]

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Posted on 2 February 2015

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The FunDza Literacy Trust: Evaluating a technology-driven reading for pleasure programme

The FunDza Literacy Trust aims to get young South Africans reading for pleasure, by disseminating high-interest, locally generated reading content that can be accessed via cellphones. The fantastic thing about using a technology platform as its delivery mechanism is that […]

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Posted on 3 June 2014

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