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Evaluation and statistics: Growing confidence while being comfortable with uncertainty

Much money and resources are invested in social development in South Africa. Ultimately, we want to know the impact of all this effort and investment.  We need to know if the programmes and initiatives we implement and champion make the difference in people’s lives they are intended to make.  Evaluation and statistics are tools to […]

Posted on 6 Dec 2019 under Alerts, Civil Society and Public Innovation, DGMT, Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017.

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Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP)

South Africa’s renewable energy sector took off in 2011 when the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme invited Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to submit competitive bids to build and operate large-scale renewable energy power plants. In addition to its core business, REIPPP aims to drive positive social change and requires approved energy projects […]

Posted on 27 Nov 2019 under Civil Society and Public Innovation, DGMT, Hands-on Issue 15 (June-Sept 2019), Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Alcohol Harms Reduction

Billions of Rands are invested in social development in South Africa. Tens of thousands of people in government and civil society pour their lives into trying to improve society. But it seems like a Sisyphean task – pushing boulders up a hill only to see them roll back down again and again. One of the […]

Posted on 20 Nov 2019 under Civil Society and Public Innovation, DGMT, Hands-on Issue 15 (June-Sept 2019), Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017.

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Faith-based organisations

A number of faith-based organisations (FBOs) played an influential role in the struggle against apartheid, but since the advent of democracy, they have, with notable exceptions, been less visible agents for social change, despite continuing to provide relief for the poor. There is no doubt that faith has great transformative power, yet it is not always […]

Posted on 11 Nov 2019 under Civil Society and Public Innovation, DGMT, Hands-on Issue 15 (June-Sept 2019), Networking for Social Change, Opportunity 3: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017.

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Finding the ‘ordinary magic’ that made me resilient

Photographer Wandie Mesatywa is incredibly resilient as you will read in this essay, in which she shares her story from being a youngster in rural Eastern Cape to becoming a teaching and exhibiting artist. What makes a person resilient?  Are we born that way?  Do you have it or you don’t?  Wandie takes us on […]

Posted on 5 Nov 2019 under DGMT, Early Childhood Development, Opportunity 10: Resources and Toolboxes, Opportunity 4: Resources and Toolboxes, Opportunity 6: Resources and Toolboxes, Opportunity 7: Resources and Toolboxes, Reading and Early Literacy Development, Strategy 2017, Young People.

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‘I love the feeling of keeping them safe’ – Men as early childhood development practitioners

“I’m the one that’s struggling here, not her.” This was a father’s response to my umpteenth reassurance that his daughter was okay in her new playgroup. At that moment she was happily arranging mud cakes on a log under the plum tree. I realised later he was observing me to be sure that his daughter […]

Posted on 16 Oct 2019 under Alerts, DGMT, Early Childhood Development, Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 7: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Hands-on Learning Issue 15

Through our Hands-on Learning publication, we hope to play a helpful role in synthesising information from innovators and implementers in civil society, supporting them to share what they have learned so that others are able to draw from and build on their experiences. In this issue: In addition to its core business, the Renewable Energy […]

Posted on 11 Oct 2019 under Alerts, Civil Society and Public Innovation, DGMT, Hands-on Issue 15 (June-Sept 2019), Networking for Social Change, Opportunity 1: Implementation Experience, Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes, Opportunity 3: Implementation Experience, Opportunity 3: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017.

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Steps to address South Africa’s dropout crisis

The majority of learners who start Grade 1 will not complete their schooling. The South African education system is failing our children because a lack of educational qualifications puts them at a disadvantage in the labour market, increasing the prospect of a life mired in unemployment, and in so doing, perpetuating cycles of poverty and […]

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Posted on 12 Jul 2019 under DGMT, Hands-on Issue 14 (Jan-May 2019), Opportunity 10: Implementation Experience, Opportunity 10: Programme Profile, Opportunity 10: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017, Young People.

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Building communities free of violence

Violence against children has long-term effects that impact not just the development of our children, but the development of our nation. A costing study commissioned by Save the Children South Africa estimated that early exposure to violence during childhood resulted in the loss of R238-billion in human capital – the equivalent to 6% of the […]

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Posted on 10 Jul 2019 under DGMT, Early Childhood Development, Hands-on Issue 14 (Jan-May 2019), Opportunity 7: Implementation Experience, Opportunity 7: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Networks as amplifiers of social impact

Dynamic networks are amplifier strategies that enable social innovators to achieve two vital objectives: scale and impact. DGMT supports a number of initiatives that use strategies to mobilise large, ever-growing networks of people. A social network is a connected group of people who interact in different ways to inform, influence and mutually benefit each other. […]

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Posted on 8 Jul 2019 under Civil Society and Public Innovation, DGMT, Hands-on Issue 14 (Jan-May 2019), Learning Briefs: Inclusive, Enabling Communities, Opportunity 1: Implementation Experience, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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