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Hands-on Learning Issue 14 – 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 […]

Posted on 12 Jul 2019 under DGMT, Opportunity 10: Implementation Experience, Opportunity 10: Programme Profile, Opportunity 10: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Hands-on Learning Issue 14 – 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 […]

Posted on 10 Jul 2019 under DGMT, Opportunity 7: Implementation Experience, Opportunity 7: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Hands-on Learning Issue 14 – 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. […]

Posted on 8 Jul 2019 under DGMT, Learning Briefs: Inclusive, Enabling Communities, Opportunity 1: Implementation Experience, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Hands-on Learning Issue 14

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: Dynamic networks are amplifier strategies that enable social innovators […]

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Posted on 24 Jun 2019 under Alerts, DGMT, Opportunity 1: Implementation Experience, Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017.

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Innovation insights from civil society leaders

This an excerpt from the first issue of a publication called Improvise by the Fellowship for Organisational Innovation. During each immersion, we invited inspiring people to come and talk about different topics relevant to that immersion. Nomvula Dlamini, Director and Practitioner at the Community Development Resource Association (CDRA) shares her thoughts on the theme of […]

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Posted on 2 May 2019 under DGMT, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Introducing: Improvise – A publication for the Fellowship for Organisational Innovation

Passionate, imaginative, critical thinkers are one of civil society’s greatest assets. But too often the young talent in civil society organisations are not grown to fill the middle management gaps or to take on increasingly bigger leadership responsibilities. In recognition of this, DGMT launched a Fellowship for Organisational Innovation in 2018. This Fellowship has 3 […]

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Posted on 29 Apr 2019 under Alerts, DGMT, Opportunity 1: Programme Profile, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017.

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Connecting with learners to keep them in school

For many learners, school can feel like a losing battle. We see this in the country’s low matric throughput rates – with only 40% of learners who start school going on to pass matric 12 years later[1]. Merle Mansfield of the Zero School Dropout Initiative asks what can be done now to give our learners […]

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Posted on 29 Mar 2019 under Alerts, DGMT, Opportunity 10: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Time to revisit alcohol taxation in South Africa

It’s no cause for pride that South Africa nearly tops the charts as a nation of drinkers. This ranking is according to the 2018 Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health published by the World Health Organization (WHO).[1] While only a third (31%) of adults report consuming alcohol in the past year, those who do […]

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Posted on 5 Mar 2019 under Alerts, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Connecting South Africans around motherhood: Three strategic insights that have shaped the mission of Embrace

The transition into parenthood is a vulnerable time for women. A mother’s mental health can negatively affect the development of her baby and this can be especially problematic during the ‘First 1 000 Days’ of her child’s life, which plays a vital role in allowing him or her to grow up to be happy, healthy and […]

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Posted on 20 Feb 2019 under Alerts, Opportunity 7: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017.

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Hands-on Learning Issue 13 – How not to trip up on the digital highway: Lessons from social innovators developing e-platforms

  Almost every household in South Africa has access to a mobile phone[1]. This has transformed the face of social development, with many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) embracing mobile technology to connect with their target audiences. In this learning brief, we explore the diverse opportunities – but also challenges – that come with using mobile platforms […]

Posted on 16 Jan 2019 under Alerts, Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017.

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