Hands-on Learning Issue 21

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:

Breaking the cycle – teenage pregnancy and school dropout

Although rates of teenage pregnancy in South Africa have been steadily declining, adolescent girls are still more likely to become pregnant in South Africa than in most low- and middle-income countries. Early and unintended pregnancy can severely disrupt a young person’s chances of completing school with a matric certificate. There is a mutually reinforcing relationship between pregnancy and dropout: girls who become pregnant are more likely to drop out, and those who leave school are more likely to become pregnant. In this learning brief the Zero-Dropout Campaign unpacks the relationship between pregnancy and dropout and suggests practical interventions for schools.

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

Government and civil society – working together during a crisis

This Learning Brief seeks to unpack the lessons learnt from the working relationship between government and civil society during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the second Learning Brief that stems from DGMT’s contribution to the government-led South African COVID-19 Country Report. Sixteen key respondents from the food and education sectors were interviewed for this project between June and August 2021. Five high-level insights are observed from these conversations, and five recommendations are proposed.

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

Liberating leaders – Transformation and change through ‘The Legacy Programme’ (2020-2021)

Many leaders of progressive civil society organisations (CSOs) – mostly formed in late-stage apartheid or early in the democratic era – are now preparing to retire or resign. This is a natural process and will create space for necessary transformation. However, the departure of a valued leader can herald a crisis – poorly managed transitions have been known to kill organisations or dramatically reduce their effectiveness. This learning brief looks at how the LEGACY pilot enabled leaders to successfully move on to new projects, leaving strong organisations behind.

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

Lessons on collaboration – How a multi-stakeholder consortium co-created the Basic Package of Support (BPS) for young South Africans

With support from the South African government and European Union, a multi-stakeholder consortium developed and delivered the Basic Package of Support (BPS) for young South Africans in February 2022. In theory, many partners working together can produce a better result, but the process is not without its challenges. This learning brief shares some of the valuable lessons learned.

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

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