Our Portfolios - The five focus areas where we believe our investments will have the most impact.
Activate! Leadership for Public Innovation was launched in 2011 and is co-funded by the DG Murray Trust and the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW. The goal of the programme is to spark public innovation and accountability by charging up a network of young leaders so that they can link the poles of South African society.
Cape Town Embrace is a new city-wide initiative to protect and develop the potential of all 75 000 babies born in Cape Town each year. The aim of Cape Town EMBRACE is to connect each child in the city who might otherwise be excluded, to a network of support that links their parents to another caring adult.
Ilifa Labantwana is an initiative to develop quality, scalable and sustainable early childhood programmes for disadvantaged children in South Africa. It originated as a funding partnership between the DG Murray Trust, the UBS Optimus Foundation and the ELMA Foundation.Its second phase started in June 2013 and will run until June 2016. The UBS Optimus Foundation has stepped down as a full strategic partner for the second phase, but continues to provide generous support to the programme and focus on the innovations of particular interest to its funding portfolio. New to the partnership is the First Rand Foundation which will form part of the core donor team with the DG Murray Trust and the ELMA Foundation.
The Innovation Edge supports new ways of thinking, ideas, processes, systems or products that fundamentally shift the way in which we approach early learning in South Africa. It is a social innovation fund established by Ilifa Labantwana in 2014 and is jointly funded by the funders of Ilifa labantwana and the Omidyar Network.The Edge supports innovation through three core practices:
- Commissioning innovation – contributing to the development and funding of innovations that enhance early learning ecosystems, access, quality and outcomes;
- Communicating innovation – Enabling the lessons from innovations and from analysis of innovation processes to be widely disseminated;
- Connecting for innovation – bringing together diverse interests and expertise to contribute to the development, implementation, evaluation and scale of innovation.