Civil Society


Good reads to inspire thinking about change

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 – […]

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Posted on 5 May 2018

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Firestarter: How innovation can light up South Africa

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 […]

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Posted on 13 Apr 2018

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A compelling business proposition: Create value at no extra cost

Just over a decade ago, a senior official at national Treasury told me that Government was “awash with money”. Not anymore. Cost-cutting is the order of the day. Things are only going to get tighter after the medium-term budget policy statement on 25th October. We will all feel sick to the pit of our stomachs […]

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Posted on 11 Oct 2017

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Unsung heroines in the field of development: Julie Mentor

Julie Mentor shares her journey in the field of development as the fourth and final interviewee of our Women’s Month series, which aims to celebrate the lesser-known women in the sector making an impact where they are, with whatever resources they have. Hi Julie, please tell us a bit about yourself. I’m a very proud […]

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Posted on 30 Aug 2017

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Unsung heroines in the field of development: Alice Phirime

Alice Phirime shares her journey in the field of development as the third interviewee of our Women’s Month series, which aims to celebrate the lesser-known women in the sector  – making an impact where they are, with whatever resources they have. Hi Alice, please tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Mosebatho Alice […]

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Posted on 25 Aug 2017

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Celebrating women’s month with the unsung heroines in the field of development: Julita Dorman

Women’s Month stories often focus on renowned women. This series aims to celebrate some of the women we have worked with in development who you may not yet know about, but who have made an impact where they are, with whatever resources they have had. Each woman has a valuable journey consisting of trials, learnings […]

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Posted on 8 Aug 2017

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Kindling for the Sparks

In this guest blog, Merran Roy, the founder of Intlantsi Creative Development Project in Peddie, Eastern Cape, reflects on her role as a project founder in a disadvantaged community, and what it’s taught her about sustainability, “rescuing” and resourcefulness. The Intlantsi Creative Development Project was born in 2012.  Intlantsi – “spark” in isiXhosa – recruits […]

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Posted on 8 Sep 2016

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Critical perspectives on the sustainability of South Africa’s Civil Society Sector

To investigate the challenges faced by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) today, a coalition of CSOs (CAF Southern Africa, CIVICUS, CORE, Legal Resources Centre, National Welfare Forum and SANGONeT) conducted a research and advocacy project which they hope will ultimately contribute to a more enabling funding environment for South African civil society.  The project included consultative workshops with CSOs in all […]

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Posted on 23 Nov 2012

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