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 Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme aims to drive positive social change and requires approved energy projects to share ownership with local communities. How can the community development projects be implemented most effectively? The Lesedi Solar Park Trust, Letsatsi Solar Park Trust and Peace Humansrus Trust (PHT) share their lessons learnt.

Billions of Rands are invested in social development in South Africa and tens of thousands of people in government and civil society pour their lives into trying to improve society. But it seems like a Sisyphean task – pushing boulders up a hill only to see them roll back down again and again. One of the biggest retardants of progress is the widespread abuse of alcohol. The University of Cape Town joins DGMT in exploring what we can do about it.

There is no doubt that faith has great transformative power, yet it is not always easy to see how this can be harnessed to help change society. A collection of diverse faith-based organisations; Common Ground Church and Common Good Foundation, Claremont Main Road Mosque, Dutch Reformed and United Reformed Church, Temple Israel, Mensch and JL Zwane Church Centre and the Zwane Presbyterian Church share how they are mobilising their members to bring about broader social change.

Page through the entire publication below – choose full-screen mode [   ] for a better reading experience – or click on the links provided below to read and download individual briefs.

Links for individual briefs:

  • Sharing the sun: How South Africa’s renewable energy has the power to generate social change. (read here).
  • One step forward, two steps back: How alcohol abuse diminishes the work of civil society and what we can do about it. (read here).
  • The influence of faith: How faith-based organisations can drive social change. (read here).