From Head & Heart


New growth from old roots: Lessons in identity from the Klein Karoo

“I’m planting a tree to teach me to gather strength from my deepest roots.”  ― Andrea Koehle Jones, The Wish Trees  Sometimes the most helpful lessons are learned in unexpected and unplanned ways. This article tells the story of how Net-vir-Pret, a small NGO working with children and youth in the Klein Karoo town of […]

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Posted on 11 Aug 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 Jul 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 Jul 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 Jul 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 Apr 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 Mar 2015

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Brain food for growing minds

Why parents and teachers should rev up the read-aloud engine with their children and pupils First published in the Mail & Guardian, February 27 2015 In South Africa, most of the adults who spend time with children in their various capacities, including parents, teachers, caregivers, adopters and custodians, do not regularly read aloud to them. And even […]

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Posted on 5 Mar 2015

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Finding the courage to fail: reflections from the Eastern Cape  

What can you do if you leave school unable to lift your head, look someone in the eye, and speak your mind? It’s a question we grappled with last week, as we watched more than 100 Grade 10 learners stammer out simple poems they’d written in English, terrified of making a mistake. I was with the […]

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Posted on 24 Feb 2015

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What promise does youth policy hold for transforming the situation of South Africa’s youth?

In October 2014, under the auspices of the United Nation’s Special Envoy for Youth, the First Global Forum on Youth Policies was hosted in Baku, Azerbaijan.[1] The aim of the conference was to bring together young activists and experts, development professionals, and government representatives to gauge progress made on the World Programme of Action for Youth […]

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Posted on 2 Feb 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 Feb 2015

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