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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The most challenging part of early learning development is the road ahead

  • 01 September 2015 | Phillip Methula | Insight

In March 2015 the Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, published a gazette for public comment and input on the national policy on Early Childhood Development (ECD).

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Reflections on Mandela Day

  • 17 July 2015 | Tracey Henry | Opinion

Mandela inspired our nation to celebrate the gift of giving and practice acts of kindness. The 18th of July is a great opportunity for employees, who don’t encounter the harsh reality of poverty and/or inequality on a daily basis, to experience what it may feel like to walk in the shoes of someone less fortunate.

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Social innovation: changing times, changing lives

  • 29 June 2015 | Lisa Temkin-Todes, Client Relationship Manager | Insight

With a great deal of social innovation taking place in South Africa, it’s the ideal time to be inspired by some of the latest solutions being used in local healthcare …

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The business case for capacity building

  • 25 June 2015 | Tracey Henry, CEO | Insight

Capacity building is a term associated with interventions geared towards strengthening the functioning of non-profit organisations. Because it should be an integral part of any business’s development plan, both profit and non-profit organisations need to make it a priority.

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Business leaders have a responsibility to be active advocates in and partners to society

  • 18 June 2015 | Godfrey Gomwe | Opinion

The future of both business and our country is dependent on the agility and informed decision-making of leaders across all sectors of our society – and their ability to partner with others to enable economic growth and social development.

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New report demonstrates the power and impact of communication in the social investment space

  • 11 June 2015 | Adam Boros, Specialist Services Manager: Tshikululu | Opinion

An innovative collaboration between Tshikululu and GrantCraft has seen the recent launch of the Communication that Counts: Lessons from South African Social Investors report.

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Cheryl Carolus: The power of the youth

  • 05 June 2015 | Opinion

At her recent presentation at Tshikululu’s Serious Social Investing Conference, Peotona chairperson and political activist Cheryl Carolus emphasised the importance of investing in the youth.

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Inspiring a culture of social investment: lessons from the ends of the earth

  • 29 May 2015 | Carina van Wyk | Opinion

Not many people have had to endure temperatures as low as -68°C, let alone walk a distance of 600km across the freezing North Magnetic Pole over a period of six weeks.

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