From Head & Heart: Civil Society


A new year’s resolution worth having – change the way you think

The moon is something we see almost every day and we’re so familiar with its face that we forget that we never get to see its far side. We could apply this analogy to South Africa’s challenges. South Africa is a small country, many of its problems have been analysed to death – at least through […]

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Posted on 10 January 2017

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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 is – and why this discovery might be relevant to you – take a look […]

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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 uninspired content, formats, speakers, or all of the above – gatherings where I wind up […]

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Posted on 24 July 2015

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Creating space for heads and hearts – bringing ourselves into amplifying impact

In 2009/10 I was lucky enough to spend a year as a Sauvé Fellow in Montreal, Canada.[1] As part of building their alumni programming, the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation recently hosted an ‘Encore’ programme – bringing together a small group of alumni from across the last 10 cohorts for a week-long session on “Amplifying Your Impact”. […]

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Posted on 10 July 2015

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What will bring about the next real change in our country?

Extracts from our Annual Report 2014 What will bring about the next real change in our country? This is a question that South Africans are asking more and more. It would be a mistake to view it as an essentially political question, intended to show up the present government or promote a party-political alternative. Yes, […]

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Posted on 2 July 2015

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Revisited: “My South Africa” by Jonathan Jansen

I started today with a rather bleak outlook on South Africa – that happens sometimes after a review of my morning news updates.  With the recent xenophobic violence shocking the country, perhaps some of you can relate somewhat.  A little later I stumbled across Jonathan Jansen’s now classic “My South Africa” speech – I haven’t read it […]

Posted on 22 April 2015

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Making employment in the non-profit sector a “first choice” for young people

I studied law and accounting at university, so I am as surprised as anyone to find myself, 12 years into my working life, having only worked for non-profit organisations (NPOs). What is even more surprising to me is that I am exactly where I am meant to be.  That being said, it appears to me […]

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Posted on 6 March 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 our investment?  What evidence is there that the model works?  How is one project approach […]

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Posted on 2 February 2015

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Janet Jobson on a Transformatory Approach to Community Engagement

Leading our work on social dynamics (see the tabs under ‘Our Portfolios), Janet Jobson was recently invited to give a talk on Community Engagement at her alma mater, Rhodes University.  Her speech received a warm welcome during this event and we thought it might be nice to share with a wider audience:  Thank you to the […]

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Posted on 21 October 2014

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Beyond accountability: Monitoring and Evaluation as instruments of change

If you want to get an NGO on the defensive, just says the words “monitoring and evaluation”.  Almost inevitably, these words will provoke spluttering about donors-in-the-driving-seat, the validity of qualitative approaches to impact evaluation, and the objectivity of participatory research. I’d argue that too much time is spent on these debates, and not enough about […]

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Posted on 18 September 2013

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