Over the years there have been a multiplicity of investigations and research into, as well as debate about the role of civil society within the developmental framework of the 'new' South Africa.
The most well known amongst these have been the CIVICUS study, Two Commas and a Full Stop and what is known as the John Hopkins Study, The Size and the Scope of the Non-Profit Sector in South Africa.
The civil society sector encompasses a wide and diverse range of initiatives. Therefore, it often helps to develop an understanding of the vocabulary that pervades the sector and to establish whether a common set of definitions can be applied to the use of certain terminology.
This ensures that ideas and concepts are communicated clearly and within a common contextual framework and that any misunderstanding is removed, or at least reduced.
Having accurate, relevant and timely information is essential for any manager to make good decisions. But have you ever thought about how that information reaches you, or what happens to it after the decision is taken? Information is an essential management resource, just like money or staff – and it’s therefore essential to pay attention to how you manage it!