Civil Society and Public Innovation


Hands-on Learning Issue 15 – Faith-based organisations

A number of faith-based organisations (FBOs)1 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 […]

Posted on 11 Nov 2019

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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

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Prevention of gender-based violence must tackle binge-drinking head-on

The suggestion seems almost insensitive, but the fastest way to reduce gender-based violence in South Africa is not in changing men’s attitudes, but in limiting their access to alcohol. Buried in the President’s recent address to Parliament on GBV was one fairly bland sentence, that ‘drug and alcohol abuse fuels the gender-based violence pandemic’.  Imagine […]

Posted on 4 Oct 2019

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Time to consider the introduction of a minimum unit price on alcohol

In May 2018 Scotland introduced a minimum unit price of 50 pence per unit (8 grams) of alcohol, with the aim of reducing abusive drinking.[1] Research had shown that a large proportion of very cheap alcohol consumed in Scotland took the form of heavy-drinking, resulting in drunkenness and other socially unacceptable behaviour.[2] South Africa’s situation […]

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Posted on 12 Aug 2019

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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. […]

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Posted on 8 Jul 2019

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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

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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

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The three powers we possess as innovators for change

This an excerpt from the first issue of a publication called Improvise by the Fellowship for Organisational Innovation. The below article is based on a talk Dr David Harrison, DGMT CEO, gave to Fellows during Immersion 1 filling them with hope and inspiration as they continued with the rest of the Fellowship activities. As actors […]

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Posted on 1 May 2019

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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

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Creating space for innovation to emerge

To seize the opportunities for South Africa to fulfil its potential, we need to reignite a vital and innovative civil society that is able to drive change. DGMT’s Fellowship for Organisational Innovation sets out to do just this. Carol-Ann Foulis, Innovation Director: Innovative and Inclusive Society at DGMT, explains the thinking behind this programme. In […]

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Posted on 25 Apr 2019

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