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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

Hands-on Learning Issue 17

18 Aug 2020

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. As part of this learning exercise, DGMT CEO, Dr David Harrison penned […]

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Learning Brief: Leadership transitions

18 Aug 2020

Leadership transitions are a particularly risky time for nonprofit organisations (NPOs). Transitions can be intimidating, but they also provide the opportunity for renewal and growth when key management and leadership strategies are employed. While leadership transitions are inevitable, the anticipation thereof is frequently neglected, leaving NPOs vulnerable to crisis and possible demise when the time […]

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Learning Brief: Alcohol Harms Reduction – Community-level interventions

18 Aug 2020

The COVID-19 lockdown with its repeated alcohol sales bans, has made it painfully clear that South Africans have a complex relationship with alcohol. While many South Africans do not drink at all, alcohol continues to permeate and threaten our families and communities. This is because those who do drink tend to do so often and […]

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Support our digital food voucher drive!

29 May 2020

DGMT DIGITAL FOOD VOUCHER DRIVE Please consider donating a R200 digital voucher to a family in need and/or to support our donation drive (find resources below this poster). For detailed banking particulars and SnapScan QR code please click here. Please help us to advocate for digital food vouchers and to drive for donations in your […]

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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

Hands-on Learning Issue 15

27 Nov 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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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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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

Hands-on Learning Issue 18

19 Jan 2021

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 […]

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Learning Brief: Breaking down the barriers to quality ECD

19 Jan 2021

More than eight months after the closure of South Africa’s early childhood development (ECD) programmes in March 2020, the ECD sector is likely to be operating at less than a quarter of its pre-lockdown levels. This makes it even more imperative that we work to achieve universal access to quality ECD services, but crucial shifts […]

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Learning Brief: How to restore — and maintain — the home as a site of learning

19 Jan 2021

South Africa’s national COVID-19 lockdown forced us to reassess our homes as primary sites of learning. Many adults, however, felt ill-equipped to suddenly become their children’s educators. Rather than step back during the pandemic, many innovative non-profit organisations (NPOs) quickly stepped in to guide their beneficiaries through unchartered territory. In this learning brief, we look […]

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Hands-on Learning Issue 17

18 Aug 2020

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. As part of this learning exercise, DGMT CEO, Dr David Harrison penned […]

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5 Stop nutritional stunting among children under two years

Hands-on Learning Issue 17

18 Aug 2020

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. As part of this learning exercise, DGMT CEO, Dr David Harrison penned […]

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Learning Brief: Messages for Mothers

18 Aug 2020

In a unique response to the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa, Messages for Mothers (M4M) aims to provide answers to mothers’ pressing questions about the coronavirus – and its impact on their families. In this learning brief, we look at the factors that contributed to M4M’s rapid formation, as well as the lessons learnt when […]

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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

Hands-on Learning Issue 17

18 Aug 2020

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. As part of this learning exercise, DGMT CEO, Dr David Harrison penned […]

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Learning Brief: Messages for Mothers

18 Aug 2020

In a unique response to the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa, Messages for Mothers (M4M) aims to provide answers to mothers’ pressing questions about the coronavirus – and its impact on their families. In this learning brief, we look at the factors that contributed to M4M’s rapid formation, as well as the lessons learnt when […]

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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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8 Place failing schools ‘under new management’ so that children can succeed

Hands-on Learning Issue 18

19 Jan 2021

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 […]

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Learning Brief: Against all odds — enabling distance learning in lower quintile schools

19 Jan 2021

While public benefit organisations have long spoken out about the importance of bridging the ‘digital divide’, the COVID-19 pandemic revealed, more acutely than ever before, the impacts of unequal access to digital tools and connectivity. In this learning brief, two initiatives committed to keeping learners in school – the Zero Dropout Campaign and Public School […]

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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

Hands-on Learning Issue 18

19 Jan 2021

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 […]

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Learning Brief: Against all odds — enabling distance learning in lower quintile schools

19 Jan 2021

While public benefit organisations have long spoken out about the importance of bridging the ‘digital divide’, the COVID-19 pandemic revealed, more acutely than ever before, the impacts of unequal access to digital tools and connectivity. In this learning brief, two initiatives committed to keeping learners in school – the Zero Dropout Campaign and Public School […]

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‘School Dropout. What’s the Catch?’ Our new publication

8 Jan 2020

While almost every child starts school in South Africa, over 40% won’t ever get to even write matric, let alone pass it. With so much attention paid to the matric pass rate each year, this major failure of our education system has long been hidden from view – despite the fact that an under-educated population […]

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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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