Online communication is becoming increasingly important for more sustainable and impactful work. Civil society needs the motivation, tools and knowledge to use it effectively. Despite the rapid innovations being made, many civil society organisations in South Africa have yet to capitalise fully on the opportunities available through online technology and digital transformation.
Our recent needs analysis case study (with more than 170 participants from almost 120 different organisations across the country) indicates that this is due to several limiting factors within organisational culture and operations:
For practitioners or organisations looking to overcome these constraints, there are few affordable learning opportunities readily available that give civil society change-makers a high-quality and interactive chance to upskill while fulfilling their day-to-day roles and responsibilities.
There are also few formal, focused, affordable or free courses currently available in South Africa for civil society practitioners. These courses should cover the full spectrum of online communication relevant to our local context and also address the communication needs of local organisations within the context of advocacy, activism and social change.
The majority of South Africans are stuck in an inequality trap with wealth concentrated in the hands of a few. Most are stuck in intergenerational loops of exclusion with few chances to escape. Breaking this cycle requires a fundamental change in life trajectories, starting in the womb.
Think of a Möbius strip – just one twist in the circle allows you to trace a completely different pattern. Instead of being stuck on the inside of a loop, you emerge on the outside. In the same way, escaping the inequality trap requires a fundamental twist to set South Africa on a new path.
This explains what the project is doing to make a difference
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Trying to change life trajectories is ambitious and profound. It requires us to radically influence the lives of individuals and to be part of changing the circumstances in which they live.