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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Rethinking entrepreneurship as a tool to develop communities, with a key focus on water security

  • 08 December 2015 | Bianca Jordan | Opinion

Unemployment in South Africa is spiralling. According to Stats SA, the unemployment rate has jumped to a 10-year high, and the jobless rate increased to 26.4% in the first three months of 2015, from 24.3% in the preceding quarter.

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Why 20% matters

  • 10 November 2015 | Joyce Wanjogu | Opinion | Category: Education

Since the onset of democracy in the country, educationalists have focused on increasing access to schooling and, more recently, to improving the quality of learning outcomes.

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Every company should be a campus

  • 09 November 2015 | Beatrice Watermeyer | Opinion

The #FeesMustFall campaign that swept across South Africa at the end of October 2015, in response to huge tertiary tuition fee increases, opened many wounds.

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Investing in an ageing population

  • 19 October 2015 | Lisa Temkin-Todes | Opinion

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that the number of old people in the world will be one of the most profound forces affecting health and social services in the next century.

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Why knowledge management in non-profit companies?

  • 06 October 2015 | Ashley Hourigan | Opinion | Category: NGO Interest

Organisations today are embarking on new efforts to remain relevant and competitive in the market and are finding it increasingly necessary to manage their knowledge capital.

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Rethinking education through the arts

  • 28 September 2015 | Janet Watts | Opinion | Category: Education

If it had been suggested 12 years ago that by 2015 one would be able to access emails, Facebook, Twitter and Google on one’s phone, at any given time or place, while following detailed instructions (spoken by this gadget) on how to reach one’s destination, one would have been very skeptical.

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Learning to learn: establishing the building blocks for learning organisations

  • 21 September 2015 | Silvester Hwenha | Opinion

The rapid information and technological developments worldwide coupled with the rise in big data have increased the need for the more efficient use of knowledge. According to the World Development Report (1998-99), “knowledge, not capital, is the key to sustained economic growth and improvements in human wellbeing”.

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Balancing social investment risk and reward

There is great power and promise in funding education, health and social development programmes. Social investors, both large and small, have made invaluable contributions all over the world towards the alleviation of poverty, the improvement of education and the strengthening of health outcomes. These accomplishments have been made possible by the targeted spending of funds, as well as the innate advantages of social investment, such as the ability to be flexible, innovate and take risks.

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Lean thinking and monitoring and evaluation practices for non-profit organisation sustainability

  • 08 September 2015 | Asgar Bhikoo | Opinion | Category: NGO Interest

In the current economic climate, the grant funding pool available to NPOs has shrunk. This situation requires NPOs to demonstrate how their activities provide a social return while ensuring that their operations are financially sustainable.

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