Historically, corporate social investment has been mostly philanthropic. Over the past five decades we have seen enormous shifts in the practice of social investment – it has grown in complexity and in the face of demands for greater accountability.Read more
Mandela Day saw corporates and employees extending goodwill across South Africa through various charitable giving. Classrooms were painted, blankets were collected and sandwiches were made for the needy. All this was done in the spirit of inspiring individuals to take action and help change the world for the better. And as wonderful as this type of charitable day is – bringing out the compassionate side in most people – the question posed now is how we extend the attitudes and activities beyond just one day.Read more
‘No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.’
John Donne, Meditation XVII
Grantmaking, and corporate social responsibility more generally, is the conduit between the capital of corporate South Africa and the NGOs that have taken it upon themselves to shore up the work of the state and assist those who have the least. Why is this money given? Sometimes out of a sense of ethical responsibility, sometimes out of a need to conform to governance imperatives and legislation, sometimes because it accrues public relations benefits, sometimes out of a sense of charity. Not all of these motivations are noble. One; charity, is pernicious.Read more
Since 2009, the development sector has made a notable shift in the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) practices of corporate social investment (CSI) programmes.
Trialogue reported in their 2012 CSI Handbook that the monitoring of programmes has improved, from the simple tracking of expenditure to tracking outputs and outcomes indicators and conducting site visits to funded projects.
While the attention on more and more accountability for the results of social investments increases, we are yet to see significant strides in the evaluation component of M&E.Read more