We aim to provide civil society with the knowledge and tools to support their work, share research and lessons learnt and build connections between people and organisations.

Resources may be used in training sessions like this one for SmartStart practitioners in Duncan Village, Eastern Cape.

Guides to help your NGO thrive

Navigating the technicalities of establishing, registering and running an NGO can be intimidating. We provide free guides to help your organisation grow and thrive. With easy-to-follow instructions on important topics from how to establish an NGO to governance, monitoring and evaluation, as well as useful tools and templates, we’re here to help you!

A guide to setting up, registering and governing an NGO

Are you looking to establish a non-governmental organisation (NGO) or searching for resources to strengthen your pre-existing organisation? We’ve curated a guide that will help you think through the legal, financial and technical questions associated with setting up and governing an NGO in South Africa.

A guide to monitoring and evaluation for NGOs

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is essential for NGOs to determine how effective the work they’re doing is and identify areas of improvement. We’ve put together an easy-to-follow guide for all levels of experience including tips, tools and advice from experts.

A guide to POPIA compliance for NGOs

Many NGOs may feel intimidated by the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI Act or POPIA). To assist you, we have compiled a guideline that unpacks, in simple language, the most essential aspects of the Act that NGOs need to know and understand in order to take the first steps towards becoming compliant.

A guide to protecting yourself from payment fraud

Looking to safeguard your NGO against payment fraud in South Africa? Our comprehensive guide is tailored specifically for NGOs, offering actionable strategies to mitigate electronic funds transfer (EFT) fraud risks.


This month’s featured articles and editor's picks


DGMT produces several publications filled with useful articles and lessons learnt.

The Human Factor

Centering people in creating change

Innovation is achieved through technological change and behavioural shifts (influencing individual and societal mindsets and actions). This publication focuses on the latter. What drives people and what separates them? What ignites new passion, new ideas, new commitment in people and what stands in their way?


Sharing what we’ve learnt

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 learnt so that others are able to draw from and build on their experiences. Each Hands-on Learning publication is made up of a collection of individual learning briefs on various topics.

Change Ideas Policy Briefs

Public policies to change our world

Change Ideas aims to empower you with comprehensive policy briefs, research findings, and expert perspectives on 10 key opportunities identified as pivotal for fostering sustainable change.

View and read various annual reports and surveys DGMT has released since 2011

Learning together with podcasts

Listen to our podcast series on the go or, with our Learning Lunch initiative, you can host your own ‘brown bag’ learning lunch with your colleagues using the tips we provide. You can also find our podcasts on audio streaming services like Spotify.

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Get involved and help create change in South Africa

There are many things that we can do to improve South Africa but trying to figure out where to start can be overwhelming. We’ve created practical guides to help you make a meaningful difference as an individual or organisation. Even the smallest actions can contribute. Get involved, there’s no time like the present!

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We offer a host of practical ideas, tools and inspiration that you or your organisation can use to start creating change in your community – and ultimately for this country.

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We often blame each other for littering. Yes, individuals play a part but it’s not the complete picture. The big problem is our waste system and how it links to spatial inequality.

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Practical tools, ideas and success stories to help you contribute to tackling South Africa’s language and literacy challenges

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Three-fifths of South Africans are under the age of 30. This youth bulge has the potential to transform South Africa’s economic and social reality. Find out what you can do to make a difference.

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