• Making Advocacy Attractive to Grant-Makers

    Advocacy programmes are at times perceived as ineffective, controversial and hard to measure, making them less likely to attract funding and the interest of donors, which is unfortunate considering the invaluable contribution that advocacy programmes make towards sustainability.

    The following are key considerations that each organisation working in advocacy should consider:
    1. Solid research: whether you are raising awareness or arguing a specific position, your advocacy programme has to be based on rigorous research and objective evidence that supports your position. Even if advocating for a new, innovative solution to a development challenge, it must be grounded in a deep understanding of the context, key stakeholders and historical evidence of tracking past unsuccessful interventions. Remember you are not advocating your own opinion. 
    2. Know your advocacy: considering advocacy can mean different things to different people, as an organisation it is vital that you have a common understanding and definition within your organisation of what it entails. This will give grant-makers the ability to decide which parts they would like to fund, depending on their tolerance level to advocacy work. 
    3. Approach to advocacy: are you using the most suitable approach to the challenge you are addressing i.e. is it changing policy or changing behaviour? As an organisation, you should spend time thinking about which is the most effective and efficient approach, e.g. a direct or indirect approach; ‘inside track’ or ‘outside track’ (advocacy from within, working with decision-makers, or from outside by confronting or exposing). 
    4. Strong strategy and direction: your advocacy programme has to have an explicit programme theory of how specific activities targeted to certain people are expected to bring about change and when. It is important to be able to articulate this clearly with an awareness of the different power dynamics and spheres of influence. 
    5. Structured, yet responsive monitoring and evaluation (M&E): advocacy programmes deal with complex processes and M&E can be challenging, but is essential. There are many approaches, but what is required is to have a structured process for monitoring while being responsive to real-time data, and the unexpected effects of your interventions. The more rigorous the tracking, the more likely it is to track the effects of your interventions (outcomes and impact) and perhaps understand causes. It is also vital to collect information from various sources. 
    Structuring your advocacy programme with the above in mind will likely make it grounded, attractive and effective.

    Furthermore, remember that in many ways advocacy programmes are the answer to sustainable change, obviously depending on where the gridlock lies, and if successful they are likely to solve many of the challenges that are currently being addressed through unsustainable interventions.

    - Amira Elibiary is a monitoring and evaluation specialist at Tshikululu Social Investments. This article first appeared on the Tshikululu Social Investments website. 
  • Call for NGOs to be Audited

    Nsanje District Commissioner, Harry Phiri, says that the Kalondolondo Social audit programme should start assessing projects implemented by the country's non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

    Phiri says that most of the NGOs in Malawi receive more funds from donors, adding that the funds are not properly handled and therefore need to be assessed.

    His opinion comes at a time when the district is to have its 25 Local Development Fund (LDF) teacher houses project audited by the Kalondolondo programme.

    To read the article titled, “CSOS' projects should be audited - Nsanje DC,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Trust’s Fundraising Performance Postponed

    The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital Trust says that the Parlotones fundraising performance for the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital has been postponed due to the lead singer's surgery.
    In a press statement, spokesperson, Vuyo Lutseke, "The Parlotones fund-raising performance at Pappas restaurant on Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton has been cancelled due to lead singer Kahn Morbee needing emergency surgery on his vocal cords."
    Lutseke says that a new date for the children's hospital fundraiser will be announced once rehabilitation has commenced.
    To read the article titled, “Mandela Parlotones performance postponed,” click here.

    Sowetan Live
  • S Sudan, Worst Food Crisis in the World - UN

    The United Nations (UN) Security Council is calling for urgent funding to step up deliveries of desperately-needed aid as South Sudan's food crisis is now the worst in the world. 

    The agency says that approximately 3.9 million people - a staggering one in three people throughout the country - are going hungry as fighting continues in that country.

    The UN Security Council describes a “catastrophic food insecurity situation in South Sudan that is now the worst in the world” saying the country is on the threshold of a full-blown famine if fighting continues. 

    To read the article titled, “S Sudan ‘food crisis worst in the world’,” click here.

    IOL News
  • NGO Gives Prosthetic Limbs to the Poor

    Mobility 4 Life, a non-governmental organisation, is changing lives by giving prosthetic limbs to amputees from rural and poor areas.

    The organisation estimates that there are 25 000 who cannot access prostheses because of issues such as long waiting lists at private or public hospitals where the services are usually provided.

    It says with money collected from corporate social investment initiatives, the organisation hopes to assist more people who do not have the means to access even the most basic of primary healthcare.

    To read the article titled, “Prosthetics give the poor a leg up,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • Zimbabwe's NGO Sector Feels the Pinch

    Zimbabwe’s civil society organisations are reeling from the global financial crisis as donor aid slows down due to the country’s nagging political deadlock which has dragged on for years.

    The situation has also led to a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) reportedly scaling down operations because of lack of funding.

    The NGO sector is moving away from being a growing sector that is heavily involved in various activities, ranging from social justice, food aid, health services and education to providing water purification tablets during a severe cholera outbreak.

    To read the article titled, “Zimbabwe's embattled NGO sector feels pinch,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • Tshikululu Social Investments: CSI Practitioner

    Tshikululu Social Investments
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Thursday, May 8, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Tshikululu Social Investments NPC is South Africa’s premier social investment agency, managing social investment funds for large and medium-sized businesses, charitable and philanthropic trusts and broad based community development trusts. Tshikululu works in the fields of education, health, social development, and enterprise development.

    Tshikululu Social Investments seeks to appoint a CSI Practitioner, based in Johannesburg.

    The CSI Practitioner is required to manage programmes and grant making including processing grants through the assessment of appeals, within the framework of the client's CSI strategies. To be at the forefront of understanding the CSI sectors to assist in developing and influencing client strategy formulation and implementation.


    • Develop and implement client’s CSI strategies related to specific sectors and programmes;
    • Align sector strategy with the CSI strategies of the clients, as advised by the Client Relationship Manager;
    • Assist in developing programme strategy, based on research, experience and knowledge of the specific sector;
    • Assist in ensuring client buy-in and acceptance of specific programme strategies for their Funds;
    • Implement, monitor and evaluate programmes;
    • Adjust programmes by mutual agreement with Client Relationship Manager and clients;
    • Develop a thorough and comprehensive understanding and application of the appeals/project evaluation processes and systems;
    • Prepare professional and accurate project evaluations in accordance with set standards for Trustee Meetings and Committee Meetings;
    • Identify a broad cross-sector of internal and external stakeholders within the CSI sector, including clients, beneficiaries, sector specialists, government, and other Tshikululu staff members;
    • Attend and make presentations at client decision making meetings (GBMs, Committee and Trustee), as required;
    • Share knowledge both internally and externally with clients, beneficiaries, and other important development stakeholders, to build institutional knowledge and organisational capacity;
    • Provide coaching, mentorship and support for Grants Officers, as required.


    • An appropriate bachelor’s degree or equivalent tertiary qualification;
    • Five years’ experience in the social development sector;
    • Knowledge of the development and social investment sector;
    • Knowledge of social responsibility policies and practices;
    • Understanding of relationships between different stakeholders and ability to relate to stakeholders in both the corporate and NGO sectors;
    • Experience in working in diverse environments, with multi-lingual teams;
    • Ability to work independently, self-motivated and results driven;
    • Strong presentation, writing and interpersonal skills;
    • High level of proficiency in MS Office;
    • Ability and willingness to travel to diverse parts of the country, using various types of transport;
    • Valid driver’s licence.

    To apply, submit your application to
    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Only South African citizens will be considered.Tshikululu Social Investments will not be liable for the interview travel cost or relocation cost. If you have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.

    Tshikululu reserves the right not to proceed with the filling of the post advertised. Please ensure that you meet the above requirements before you apply.

    For more about Tshikululu Social Investments, refer to

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to


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  • Call for Transparency Over Party Funding

    The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says that a toxic blend of secret money and political influence is creating a ceremonial undermining of South Africa’s democracy.

    ISS senior researcher, Judith February, argues that there is no way of know when the corporate and private world are investing in political parties for favours because the country does not regulate private funding of political parties. 

    She is of the view that, “We have no way of knowing when private or corporate interests try to buy political favours in South Africa,” further stating the need for a legislation to enable transparency and prevent the potentially corrupting influence of secret money on politics and government.”

    To read the article titled, ‘Dodgy donations’ undermine SA’s democracy,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • DBSA, EU Launch Infrastructure Fund

    The Ambassador of the European Union to South Africa, Roeland van de Geer, and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) chief executive officer, Patrick Dlamini, have launched the R1.5 billion ground breaking Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa (IIPSA).

    The purpose of IIPSA is to provide grant funding in support of loans for essential infrastructure projects in the southern African region.

    The fund was established following a joint initiative between the government of South Africa and the European Union, and forms part of the European Union’s broader intervention under its country strategy for South Africa.

    To read the article titled, “DBSA, EU launch R1.5bn infrastructure fund,” click here.

    Fin 24
  • Child Rights NGOs in Dire Funding Crisis

    Child Line and other organisations in the Northern Cape have remained silent after the recent rape of a six week-old baby, allegedly by a relative.

    The organisations are also quiet after the murder of a one-year old boy, allegedly killed by his father.

    However, Child Line's Naomi Edwards says they are in dire financial straits, adding that, “With the lack of financial resources NGOs [non-governmental organisations] are finding themselves in a very tight position.”

    To read the article titled, “Child rights organisations in dire financial straits,” click here.

    SABC News
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