Thought leadership

Four young women journey from rural South Africa to high-level ICT study in Hyderabad, India

  • 30 June 2016 | Mammuso Makhanya | Opinion

A handful of young women and scores of young men could not believe their luck when on Monday the 23 November 2015, they found themselves at the Gordon Institute of Business Studies (GIBS) – one of the country’s premier higher education institutions – anxiously sitting in front of panellists, being grilled about synergies between South Africa and India.

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Towards unified and sustainable social investing

  • 31 May 2016 | Graeme Wilkinson | Opinion | Category: Grantmaking

In the alphabet soup of development finance, one can be forgiven for conflating SRI with CSI. Sustainable, responsible investing (SRI) might be thought of as being something very conscientious, high net-worth individuals and highly regulated pension funds concern themselves with. Corporate social investment (CSI) might be seen as something corporates do to score some SED points on their broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) scorecard. Yet socio-economic development (SED), as it is understood within the framework of B-BBEE regulation, very seldom qualifies as SRI. “Surely these are two very different things?” you might exclaim.

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Towards responsible donor exiting strategies and practices

  • 10 May 2016 | Silvester Hwenha | Opinion

Social investment has evolved as the result of a number of factors, including a growing interest by high net worth individuals and institutional investors in tackling social issues at the local, national or global level. Social investors have also become increasingly relevant in many countries as a result of mounting social challenges amid declining public funds to provide social services. The rationale for social investment is based on the realisation that social or environmental factors can impact a company’s bottom line and therefore are important factors in business. Besides, it has long been acknowledged by civic society and business that government alone cannot confront and solve all of society’s problems.

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Commentary on and analysis of the 2015 National Senior Certificate results

  • 03 May 2016 | Opinion

In her announcement of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) results for 2015, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga, told the country three things:

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Tshikululu announces Serious Social Investing Conference 2016

  • 26 February 2016 | Opinion

Tshikululu’s annual Serious Social Investing (SSI) Conference has become a highlight on business calendars across South Africa. Now in its seventh year, the event aims to inspire top business leaders and local companies to drive real socio-economic transformation in both the public and private sector.

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Accessing funding: South Africa’s current education crisis

  • 24 February 2016 | Busi Makhanya | Opinion

When speaking of funding for students, it is important to deliberate the issue of access. The #FeesMustFall campaign has emanated from the outcry brought about by exorbitant and escalating fees at institutions of higher learning, including tuition, registration and accommodation fees.

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Transitioning from secondary school to tertiary education: what social investors should know

  • 18 February 2016 | Thandeka Rantsi | Opinion | Category: Education

According to Alan Cliff, an associate professor at the University of Cape Town, the sad reality of higher education in South Africa is that only about one third of the students who qualify to gain entry into higher education are actually prepared for the academic literacy demands of a university.

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Critical issues in primary and secondary education

  • 15 February 2016 | Tsepo Senoamali | Opinion | Category: Education

The current state of our schools has a long way to go if we aspire to increase the number of centres of excellence and learning. Schools have to create new learning environments that model a spirit of inquiry, inclusiveness and interdependence with learners who represent a wide array of cultures, languages and social backgrounds.

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The future of capacity building

  • 22 December 2015 | Nonkululeko Sikakane | Opinion

Thinking about capacity building has evolved substantially, with increasing recognition of the importance of a systems perspective.

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Technology and M&E: Getting it right

  • 11 December 2015 | Amira Elibiary | Opinion

Technology-enabled tools have transformed both the monitoring and evaluation field and programme delivery. However, to integrate them effectively one has to address the following key points.

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