sustainability

Completing the Circle: Some Thoughts on Why Measurement is Becoming Increasingly Important

As money becomes tight the field of social investment becomes more demanding and competitive. Increasingly, funders are having to report more stringently on not just the work that is being done in the field, but the impact of that work – what is being achieved and how. As always, there is downward pressure being applied on nonprofits to deliver the data.

New Proposed BEE Codes: What Will this Mean for Us?

Our nonprofit organisation finds itself in the company of a sector that is estimated to have contributed R12.5 billion to the fiscus in 2007. This contribution is but the tip of the iceberg of the value that the sector adds to the country. Its main contribution is the value that it adds to vulnerable people in society and the ways in which it empowers the most vulnerable to become self-sufficient. It supports government in providing social services, community development, housing and education.

Impact and Sustainability

Perhaps a great deal has already been written about NPO sustainability and impact. But, the social mindset of South Africans is telling a new story. South Africa is said to be the protest capital of the world. This, for any development practitioner raises the questions such as: are we doing enough? It can be said that many corporate social investment (CSI) programmes produce many results on the extent to which they may have funded education or sports or health. How are we putting what we know into concrete action, with tangible benefits and outcomes?

Milking Profits: A Tale of Cows in Kenya

It is not funding that is the problem for civil society but access to markets, according to Sisa Ntshona, head of enterprise development at ABSA Bank. He was speaking at the Impact Investing Conference, held by Greater Capital at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS), and it seems few are buying into his point of view.

The Science of Good Grantmaking

How do we ensure empowerment in the grantmaking process, asks Tshikululu Social Investment’s Juliana Thornton

Social investors often have what they may consider to be great, innovative, world-changing ideas about how education programmes should be run, how HIV-testing should be incentivised, how disability should be mainstreamed.

South Africa Slips on Governance Index

South Africa has shown unfavourable governance performance since 2006, according to the 2012 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance.

The index has found that over the past six years, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa have declined in two categories - safety and rule of law, and participation and human rights.

It points that, "Each of these four countries deteriorated the most in the participation sub-category, which assesses the extent to which citizens have the freedom to participate in the political process."

Essential Tools for NGOs in this Tough Climate - Lessons from the Legends Magic Conference

Sentiments of doom and gloom among non-governmental organisations (NGOs) attending the recent Legends Magic Conference in Johannesburg dissipated as over 20 expert speakers tackled strategies for accessing funds effectively and using those funds to build sustainability and growth.

Sustainability Challenge for Rural Upliftment Initiatives

A R500 000 vegetable growing project aimed at providing food and jobs for one of the poorest areas in the North West has failed and only one of the staff members originally tasked with looking after the project was still on the premises.

A few years ago, the Tosca project was one of six vegetable tunnel enterprises that the Dr Ruth Mompati municipality spent R3 million on.

Call for SA to Establish ‘SMME Ministry’

The Black Business Council (BBC) has called for a ministry for small, medium, and micro enterprises (SMME).

Speaking during the BBC president, Ndaba Ntsele, says that the council plans to take the proposal to Luthuli House, the African National Congress’ head office in Johannesburg.

Ntsele stated that most developing economies, such as Brazil, have an SMME ministry, which supports entrepreneurship and the sustainability of the small businesses.

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