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Resources

Browse our collection of resources aimed at equipping individuals and organisations with information and tools to help bring about the next big changes in South Africa.

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1 Drive public innovation by reigniting civil society

Evaluation and statistics: Growing confidence while being comfortable with uncertainty

6 Dec 2019

Much money and resources are invested in social development in South Africa. Ultimately, we want to know the impact of all this effort and investment.  We need to know if the programmes and initiatives we implement and champion make the difference in people’s lives they are intended to make.  Evaluation and statistics are tools to […]

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Alcohol Harms Reduction

20 Nov 2019

Billions of Rands are invested in social development in South Africa. Tens of thousands of people in government and civil society pour their lives into trying to improve society. But it seems like a Sisyphean task – pushing boulders up a hill only to see them roll back down again and again. One of the […]

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Hands-on Learning Issue 15

11 Oct 2019

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: In addition to its core business, the Renewable Energy […]

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Hands-on Learning Issue 14

24 Jun 2019

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: Dynamic networks are amplifier strategies that enable social innovators […]

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2 Release the systemic chokes on innovation that are perpetuated by exclusion

Youth driving social change: examples of how information and technology can be their tools

5 Sep 2014

Increasingly, the value of using technology to facilitate access to information and for building the capacity of people to critically review information available to them, is being demonstrated.  Indeed, work being done in South Africa provides useful insight into the kind of information that it is believed citizens might find useful. The Parliamentary Monitoring Group […]

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3 Create unlikely networks to stimulate positive change

Faith-based organisations

11 Nov 2019

A number of faith-based organisations (FBOs) played an influential role in the struggle against apartheid, but since the advent of democracy, they have, with notable exceptions, been less visible agents for social change, despite continuing to provide relief for the poor. There is no doubt that faith has great transformative power, yet it is not always […]

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Hands-on Learning Issue 15

11 Oct 2019

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: In addition to its core business, the Renewable Energy […]

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

13 Sep 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 […]

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Give your programme an edge with social media – the Nonprofit Network Website can help you!

22 Jul 2013

The Nonprofit Network is an online resource for nonprofit organisations, particularly those based in South Africa, in using social media, websites and e-newsletters.  The site was commissioned by the Open Society Foundation’s Public Health Programme: Health Media Initiative to assist their grantees with their web and social media work.   Developer Ruen Govinder is passionate about helping […]

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4 Give every child the benefit of early childhood development

Finding the ‘ordinary magic’ that made me resilient

5 Nov 2019

Photographer Wandie Mesatywa is incredibly resilient as you will read in this essay, in which she shares her story from being a youngster in rural Eastern Cape to becoming a teaching and exhibiting artist. What makes a person resilient?  Are we born that way?  Do you have it or you don’t?  Wandie takes us on […]

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The Human Factor 2

23 Oct 2019

We are proud to release the second issue of our Human Factor publication. Entitled ‘The heart of parenting – how the alchemy of love, hope and fear prepares children for life’, this issue explores the power of parents as their children’s first educators and their right to continue to champion their children’s education throughout schooling.

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Three ingredients for great ECD centres and how to support them

24 Aug 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 […]

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A plan to achieve universal coverage of ECD services by 2030

10 Aug 2018

The National Development Plan (NDP) and the National ECD policy of 2015 commit to ensuring that every child in South Africa has access to the full range of ECD services by 2030. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Government supports these goals. This document was developed in conjunction with Ilifa Labantwana and Kago Ya Bana, and details a […]

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5 Stop nutritional stunting among children under two years

Grow Great Infographic

3 Aug 2018

Right-click and select save to download the Grow Great infographic on Breastfeeding in the Workplace.

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6 Make sure every child is ready to read by the time they go to school

Finding the ‘ordinary magic’ that made me resilient

5 Nov 2019

Photographer Wandie Mesatywa is incredibly resilient as you will read in this essay, in which she shares her story from being a youngster in rural Eastern Cape to becoming a teaching and exhibiting artist. What makes a person resilient?  Are we born that way?  Do you have it or you don’t?  Wandie takes us on […]

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The Human Factor 2

23 Oct 2019

We are proud to release the second issue of our Human Factor publication. Entitled ‘The heart of parenting – how the alchemy of love, hope and fear prepares children for life’, this issue explores the power of parents as their children’s first educators and their right to continue to champion their children’s education throughout schooling.

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

7 Sep 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 […]

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134 big and small ways to start changing South Africa this Mandela Day

15 Jul 2016

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”- Nelson Mandela According to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Mandela Day is a global call to action for citizens of the […]

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7 Build simple, loving connections for every child

Finding the ‘ordinary magic’ that made me resilient

5 Nov 2019

Photographer Wandie Mesatywa is incredibly resilient as you will read in this essay, in which she shares her story from being a youngster in rural Eastern Cape to becoming a teaching and exhibiting artist. What makes a person resilient?  Are we born that way?  Do you have it or you don’t?  Wandie takes us on […]

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The Human Factor 2

23 Oct 2019

We are proud to release the second issue of our Human Factor publication. Entitled ‘The heart of parenting – how the alchemy of love, hope and fear prepares children for life’, this issue explores the power of parents as their children’s first educators and their right to continue to champion their children’s education throughout schooling.

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Connecting South Africans around motherhood: Three strategic insights that have shaped the mission of Embrace

20 Feb 2019

The transition into parenthood is a vulnerable time for women. A mother’s mental health can negatively affect the development of her baby and this can be especially problematic during the ‘First 1 000 Days’ of her child’s life, which plays a vital role in allowing him or her to grow up to be happy, healthy and […]

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Your Mandela Day to-do list: Grow empathy, connect to others, take action – but choose wisely

18 Jul 2016

The message behind Mandela Day is that we all have the ability and responsibility to change the world for the better.  In theory many people agree with this sentiment, judging from the 2.8K likes that a Nelson Mandela quote like “our society needs to re-establish a culture of caring” can garner on the Nelson Mandela […]

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8 Place failing schools ‘under new management’ so that children can succeed
9 Create new connections to opportunity for young people

Create Change: Step Up for Young People

3 Feb 2017

South Africa has a resource with the potential to transform our economic and social reality. Unfortunately, we are missing this opportunity: It should go without saying that investment in children and young people is the source of future human capital. They should be at the forefront of strategies for economic growth and development in SA. […]

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The South African Child Gauge 2015: Youth – an opportunity to interrupt the intergenerational transmission of poverty

16 Nov 2015

The 10th issue of the South African Child Gauge, focusing on the theme of youth and the intergenerational transmission of poverty, was released last week on the 10th of November [2015] by the University of Cape Town’s Children’s Institute.  It examines the situation of young people aged 15 – 24 and highlights the need for a range of interventions that continue to […]

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Youth driving social change: examples of how information and technology can be their tools

5 Sep 2014

Increasingly, the value of using technology to facilitate access to information and for building the capacity of people to critically review information available to them, is being demonstrated.  Indeed, work being done in South Africa provides useful insight into the kind of information that it is believed citizens might find useful. The Parliamentary Monitoring Group […]

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Incentivising youth employment: What is the Employment Tax Incentive?

26 Feb 2014

During the delivery of the 2014/15 National Budget to Parliament Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan said that the youth employment tax incentive recorded 56 000 beneficiaries in its first month.  What is he talking about? The Employment Tax Incentive is an incentive aimed at encouraging employers to hire young and less experienced work seekers. It came into […]

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10 Support young people to keep their grip on opportunity

Finding the ‘ordinary magic’ that made me resilient

5 Nov 2019

Photographer Wandie Mesatywa is incredibly resilient as you will read in this essay, in which she shares her story from being a youngster in rural Eastern Cape to becoming a teaching and exhibiting artist. What makes a person resilient?  Are we born that way?  Do you have it or you don’t?  Wandie takes us on […]

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The Human Factor 2

23 Oct 2019

We are proud to release the second issue of our Human Factor publication. Entitled ‘The heart of parenting – how the alchemy of love, hope and fear prepares children for life’, this issue explores the power of parents as their children’s first educators and their right to continue to champion their children’s education throughout schooling.

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Where did the other half go? What is driving school dropout in South Africa?

24 Aug 2017

Most 17 year olds are attending school and will soon write their matric exam, even if not all of them pass. Right?  No! By the time a class of 30 children reaches grade 12, 50% of their peers have already left school without even making it to the grade where their can write matric. This […]

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Create Change: Step Up for Young People

3 Feb 2017

South Africa has a resource with the potential to transform our economic and social reality. Unfortunately, we are missing this opportunity: It should go without saying that investment in children and young people is the source of future human capital. They should be at the forefront of strategies for economic growth and development in SA. […]

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