You can imagine, how, when faced with all the need we see around us, never mind the obvious challenges in social development, people responsible for making social investment decisions sometimes feel at a loss.
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Making predictions for the next 12 months in the third sector, the Cinderella sector, is like bungee jumping from the Orlando Cooling towers, you don’t know if you’re going to like it but you just have to do it!
South African corporate social investment (CSI) has the potential to have its ‘ke nako’ moment this year, particularly when considering the movement of CSI trends in 2010, locally and abroad.
The debate on Corporate Social Investment (CSI) continues to raise the issue of where the line is between the responsibilities of government and the role business can play through voluntary social contributions in socio-economic development.
Now in its second year, the ‘Making CSI Matter’ conference which took place from 2-4 March, attracted approximately 300 participants from across the corporate social investment (CSI), development and business sectors. The conference was hosted by Trialogue and examined external influences and consequences for effective development, and different models and approaches for CSI and development.
On behalf of CAF Southern Africa, I would like to enter the public conversation on resourcing for civil society which has been taking place in various media over the past few months. For example, in a recent Sunday Times article, Andile Ncontsa of the Old Mutual Foundation states:
Quite often mining companies come under severe criticism by environmental and community groups for the negative impact that mines have on the surrounding communities. In 1986, the Palabora Mining Company (Palabora) responded to this scrutiny by establishing a sustainable development arm, the Palabora Foundation.
By Prof Adam Habib: Regime change can have significant impacts on society. And, this is all the more so if it occurs in an era of globalisation. Nowhere is this more evident than in South Africa where democratisation and globalisation have fundamentally transformed the society. In the process, civil society has itself been remolded in significant ways, the effects of which are only now becoming evident.
So what’s the difference between CSI (Corporate Social Investment) and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)? Do you know and have you considered how these two concepts impact on your work as a non-profit organisation and your current way of doing things?
The terms corporate citizenship, sustainable development and partnerships are bandied around and glibly used by the non-profit sector as a solution to fighting poverty and changing lives.
Words as Weapons:
The SANGONeT Team were delighted to be able to welcome Godfrey Mokate , the newly appointed CEO of the National Development Agency. Here's his take on some of the issues we raised in our interview
How long have you worked at the NDA, what is your background and what are your personal development interests?