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REFLECTION AND ANALYSIS

Growing Greatness and curbing stunting to unleash children’s full potential

28 September 2018

Here’s the thing about motherhood. Not only does it lead to intricate involvement in the wellbeing of your own children, but it also extends that to the children around you. This is evident in the work of Dr Kopano Matlwa Mabaso, who heads the Grow Great Campaign, which aims to bring SA closer to achieving […]

Posted in: Alerts, DGMT, Opportunity 5: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017

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Why we need big business to make bold moves and get behind this simple super food

21 September 2018

Shoprite recently won public kudos by ‘zero-rating’ Ultrex sanitary pads – essentially selling the brand at cost price. This bold move is exactly what we should expect from private companies facing up to this country’s social and economic inequalities. Although South Africans may not experience the extreme poverty of people in low-income countries, the indignity […]

Posted in: Alerts, DGMT, Opportunity 5: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017

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Love, Germs and Skill: Reframing early childhood care and education

6 August 2018

In this talk DGMT CEO, Dr David Harrison, shakes up our thinking about early childhood care and education by asking probing questions such as “what is love?” and “how can we harness the power of love to enable children to thrive?” He draws on biology, genetics, chemistry and history to bring us closer to answering […]

Posted in: DGMT, Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017

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Firestarter: How innovation can light up South Africa

13 April 2018

South Africa has a vibrant civil society history. However, post-1994 and the country’s first democratic elections, many civil society organisations lost their spark. DGMT believes that if we reignite civil society, we can drive public innovation and light up South Africa. In a deep-dive discussion, David Harrison, DGMT CEO, examines the challenges and rewards of […]

Posted in: Opportunity 7: Reflection and Analysis

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The butterfly effect

6 April 2018

An article from DGMT’s Annual Report, 2017 Annual reports tend to be self-congratulatory affairs. So let us cut ourselves down to size before we even begin. Last year, DGMT distributed the equivalent of just 0.02% of South Africa’s public expenditure for 2017. That’s tiny in comparison. If we were a species in the animal kingdom […]

Posted in: Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017

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REFLECTION AND ANALYSIS

RESOURCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Three key things social innovators must do to truly affect the next 25 years

13 September 2018

In this piece, written for City Press in the build-up to the 2018 SA Innovation Summit, DGMT Deputy CEO Janet Jobson, addresses aspiring social innovators as she reflects on key aspects that we must get right to make a lasting impact. 1. Bridge the divides that define South Africa Too often social innovation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_innovation) fixates […]

Posted in: Alerts, DGMT, Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes, Opportunity 3: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017

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A snapshot of our reading culture in South Africa – time to spread the love

7 September 2018

“It’s been more than 25 years since I met Mr Dube, my English language teacher, and I still remember him vividly.  For his second lesson, Mr Dube distributed newspapers to every student and instructed us to read them.  After fifteen minutes he requested all those who had come across new words to write them on the […]

Posted in: Alerts, Opportunity 6: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017

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Three ingredients for great ECD centres and how to support them

24 August 2018

We often talk about the importance of Early Childhood Development (ECD) as a key strategy to change South Africa.  That is because children are the source of human capital.  If we want to change the education system, grow the economy and create jobs, we must invest in young children.  We are also not only talking to […]

Posted in: Opportunity 4: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017, Uncategorised

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Good reads to inspire thinking about change

5 May 2018

We spend a lot of time thinking about change – change that would allow every person in South Africa to have the opportunity to fufill their life potential.  We think about what is at the heart of situations -what drives a detremental situation to exist and to persist?  We ponder how to activate change – […]

Posted in: Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017, Uncategorised

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How to communicate your work and achievements to funders

29 January 2018

Writing proposals and reports to funders can be one of the most stressful parts of working in the social change sector. To make it less nerve wracking, it can be helpful to remember that funders are just people. Many of them have also worked for non-profit organisations, social movements or government departments, and understand the […]

Posted in: Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017

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RESOURCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

IMPLEMENTATION EXPERIENCE

Leaving no child behind: The road to Zero School Dropout – Interview Series #3

14 June 2018

Today we feature the last of our interviews with our partners working with us in the Zero School Dropout Initiative. In previous weeks we talked to Bottom-Up, Khula Development Group, Community Action Partnership and SAILI. These interviews can be read here and here. We end off the series by talking to Tabisa Bata of Masibumbane Development Organisation and Zeni […]

Posted in: Opportunity 10: Implementation Experience, Strategy 2017

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Leaving no child behind: The road to Zero School Dropout – Interview Series #2

7 June 2018

Last month we introduced the Zero School Dropout Initiative and featured the first two of our trailblazers. Today we continue our series by hearing from two more of our partners, Ilze Olivier of Community Action Partnership and Jennie Rist of SAILI. Ilze Olivier – Community Action Partnership What motivates you to work in this space? There is personal […]

Posted in: Opportunity 10: Implementation Experience, Strategy 2017

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Leaving no child behind: The road to Zero School Dropout – Interview Series #1

30 May 2018

Last week we introduced the Zero School Dropout Initiative and explored the magnitude of the issue. We continue our series by hearing from two of our six partners. First up is Ashley Visagie of Bottomup and Daleen Labuschagne of the Khula Development Group. Ashley Visagie – Bottomup What motivates you to work in this space? Half our […]

Posted in: Opportunity 10: Implementation Experience, Strategy 2017

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Leaving no child behind: The road to Zero School Dropout

15 May 2018

The matric results represent a proud moment for many schools – an indication of education quality and success, but it is not the full story.  The reality is that about half of any cohort of learners have left school without having written the matric exam.[1] Grades 10 and 11 in particular experience high rates of grade […]

Posted in: Opportunity 10: Implementation Experience, Strategy 2017

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Early Learning: The Great Equalizer for South Africa

18 April 2018

Education has always been thought of as one of our greatest tools for liberation. We used it to overcome colonialism and Apartheid. But after 24 years of democracy, can education liberate us from the persistent legacy of racial inequality that continues to plague the country? Research suggests that an effective way of using education to […]

Posted in: Opportunity 4: Implementation Experience, Strategy 2017

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IMPLEMENTATION EXPERIENCE