Hands-on Learning Issue 16

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:

Online communication is a powerful tool that can speak to all South Africans and generate social change. Yet, many non-profit organisations (NPOs) don’t realise its potential as a critical driver that can significantly increase the scale and impact of their work. The Amplify: Mobilise: Change (AMC) pilot programme gives NGOs the opportunity to engage with and upskill digital communications practitioners. Seven of the most important lessons that underpin the AMC programme’s teaching are outlined in this brief.

Stunting is a silent epidemic that affects a quarter of South African children under the age of five. Caused by persistent under-nutrition, it hampers children’s cognitive and physical development, preventing them from reaching their full potential. A national campaign called Grow Great hopes to significantly reduce the occurrence of this preventable condition. This brief explores the challenges involved and lessons learned through the campaign’s drive to bring South Africa closer to a stunting-free future.

The media is a powerful platform available to civil society. Through the media, NPOs can speak directly to those with influence, put pressure on decision-makers to make positive policy changes, and inspire people to advocate for transformation in their own communities. We share some of our stories and lessons learnt by DGMT when it comes to dealing with the media around advocacy.

Download a pdf of the Learning Brief here or page through the entire publication below – choose full-screen mode [   ] for a better reading experience. Click on the links provided below to read and download individual briefs.


Links for individual briefs:

The below links have been optimised for mobile reading and offers you a better reading experience on mobile devices. 

Digital Communications: How organisations can use digital media to transform society (download pdf here or read here).

Stop depriving our children of their future: End stunting (download pdf here or read here).

Media Engagement: Sharing some lessons on using the media as an advocacy tool (download pdf here or read here).


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