Hands-on Learning Issue 20


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.

Read below a short synopsis of what you can find in Hands-on Learning issue 20:

How to grow and sustain an active alumni network

Alumni networks are traditionally associated with universities and private schools but have grown into effective tools for social impact far beyond academia. The relationships built among alumni can contribute to their success by providing a mix of access to networks, resources, ideas and social capital. Even though growing and sustaining an active alumni network requires constant innovation and adaption, the rewards can be significant – for the alumni, their community and the country. In this brief, we look at why and how public benefit organisations (PBOs) have established alumni networks and what they’ve learned along the way.

To read this learning brief, download a pdf here or read it magazine-style on ISSUU here.

How did civil society organisations respond to COVID-19: A snapshot from a recent survey

Civil society – already existing within a context of poverty, hunger and violence – have had to respond in unprecedented ways since COVID-19 hit South Africa in March 2020. The scale and the speed of the response to the pandemic, where thousands of individuals banded together, working across communities and interest groups, has been inspirational. It is vital that we acknowledge the work of civil society, and learn from our collective experience. In this brief, we present an overview of the findings from the COVID-19 Response Survey, which was conducted between May and June 2021.

To read this learning brief, download a pdf here or read it magazine-style on ISSUU here.

Availability and advertising – twin drivers of youth binge drinking in South Africa

South Africa’s heavy drinking culture is intrinsically linked to how alcohol is marketed and sold. Glamourous marketing campaigns and the wide availability of alcohol mean that young people are susceptible targets. This learning brief explores ways of reducing the negative impact of alcohol on our youth.

To read this learning brief, download a pdf here or read it magazine-style on ISSUU here.

Read the full issue below magazine-style below on ISSUU – choose full-screen mode [   ] for a better reading experience.  Download the full Hands-on Learning publication (Issue 20) here as a pdf.