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Hands-on Learning Issue 27

Through the newly rebranded edition of our Hands-on Learning publication developed in June 2023, we hope to play a helpful role in synthesising information from innovators and implementers in civil society, supporting them to share what they have learnt so that others can draw from and build on their experiences. Putting children first: What can […]

Learning Brief – Wraparound support for young people

South Africa’s youth bulge is significant and in an election year, we are reminded that young people have the power to shape South Africa’s future. Yet a third of young people are not in education, employment or training (NEET) due to the multiple and complex barriers that young people face in accessing and seizing opportunities. […]

Learning Brief – Putting children first: What can South Africa learn from other countries?

Early childhood development (ECD) is one of the most powerful levers to unlock South Africa’s potential and is recognised by government as a national priority. Yet the first nationally representative survey of pre-school children, Thrive by Five, found that 57% of children attending early learning programmes (ELPs) are not on track to meet normative development […]

Learning Brief – Productive communities

DGMT’s investment in agroecology seeks to respond to malnutrition, youth unemployment and food insecurity at the household level in a given community. We are interested in learning from civil society organisations (CSOs) focused on building sustainable local food systems, while enabling the transfer of skills and knowledge about agroecological farming practices and entrepreneurship. This brief […]

Using incentives for change

The Learning Lunch podcast explores ideas, approaches and social innovations – creating opportunity for non-profit organisations’ teams to discover what others are learning and space to reflect on what these insights might mean for their own strategy and programme implementation. Download takeaway instructions   Social and economic incentives are powerful tools to motivate and influence […]

Caring about the care economy

The Learning Lunch podcast explores ideas, approaches and social innovations – creating opportunity for non-profit organisations’ teams to discover what others are learning and space to reflect on what these insights might mean for their own strategy and programme implementation. Download takeaway instructions   In recent years, non-profit organisations (NPOs) have grappled with dwindling donor […]

Protecting yourself from payment fraud

Looking to safeguard your NGO against payment fraud in South Africa? Our comprehensive guide is tailored specifically for NGOs, offering actionable strategies to mitigate electronic funds transfer (EFT) fraud risks. From establishing robust authorisation protocols to enhancing IT controls, we cover it all. Dive into essential topics like staff vetting, phishing awareness, and the nuances […]

Ilifa Labantwana: A system change case study

Ilifa Labantwana is a South African NGO that is driving system change in early childhood development (ECD). It does this by strengthening and co-creating the institutions, strategies, and practices that the ECD ecosystem needs to thrive, and increasingly, by situating ECD as a multi-dimensional route to shifting South African inequality. This case study was undertaken […]

Enhancing intersectoral collaboration: Lessons from the coordinated donor support to the South African COVID-19 vaccination programme

Despite the increasing importance of intersectoral collaborations to address crisis situations, relatively little is known about how they are organised, managed and governed. Moreover, within the field of public administration, there is still much to learn about how governments can use intersectoral collaboration to effectively address crises. This paper examines the case of the Coordinated […]