Master Class in Corporate Social/Community Investment and Development

Next Generation Consultants

Companies around the world engage in social and community investment to promote local development and benefit various stakeholders in their areas of operation. For the private sector, community investment and development—a subset of the overall organisational sustainability strategy and specifically the social performance aspect — is linked to competitiveness, differentiation and creating an inclusive, equitable and sustainable society.

In contexts where social risks and community expectations are high, benefits channelled effectively through community investment programs can help companies gain a social license to operate; access land; reduce project/organisational and reputational risks; boost productivity and employee engagement; meet government requirements or global standards, and/or successfully compete in complex and competitive sectors, among others.

Good practice in this area continues to evolve. Companies are moving away from philanthropic donations and ad hoc practices to more sophisticated and strategic ways of planning and delivering their community investment programs. There is a much greater emphasis on the business case — on viewing community and socio economic development through the lens of risk and opportunity, and on creating “shared value” by aligning business goals and competencies with the development priorities of local stakeholders. Other trends include a focus on building social capital and local ownership and assets through multistakeholder processes; factoring sustainability and handover strategies into project design; and measuring and communicating results to optimize the business value/return derived from social and community investments.

For the past 15 years, Next Generation Consultants have assisted numerous grantmaking organisations, development agencies, foundations and trusts to develop, manage and measure high impact and high return social investment strategies and programs. Our clients include numerous indigenous companies across the African continent, multinational organisations as well as state owned companies. We pride ourselves as not just being specialised and experienced management consultants, but strongly believe in contributing to the capacity of the development sector as well.

The following internationally acclaimed workshop is focused on best practice in social/community investment and development. It is presented by a wellseasoned industry expert who have provided training and consultancy services to some of Africa’s largest organisations and includes comprehensive subject and practice specific expertise for industry practitioners. The training material includes recognised international standards and guidelines, and new innovative grantmaking practices on socio economic issues that will have significant impact on businesses in the future. The interactive training style is designed to meet practitioners need to enhance their understanding of the complexity of socio economic and community development, is supported by case studies and can be presented as public or customised in-house training for staff development to meet the core social/community development needs and competencies of businesses.

About The Workshop:

This three-day course is targeted at Corporate Social Investment Managers and Practitioners. The course is aimed at new entrants to the profession as well as advanced and experienced practitioners. It focuses on the grantmaking process from beginning to end including strategy development, operational and program management as well as measurement and reporting.
Who Should Attend:

The workshop is aimed at development practitioners, particularly resources with the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Community Relations, Community Development, Corporate Social Investment, Corporate Social Responsibility and Development practitioners, managers and specialists as well as those responsible for social impact, opportunity and economic assessments, social and labour plans, and social researchers
  • Not-for Profit, social sector board/trustee/foundation members

Date: 11 – 13 July 2017 

Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng


The costs for our 2017 training programme is R10 000 per person excluding VAT. Our special offer for 2017 includes the following benefits: 1 st participant – full price, second participant less 10% and 3rd participant less 20%. For more than 3 participants from a single organisation – attendance is reduced to 30% per individual and per organisation.

The cost of the workshop includes:

  • The workshop materials
  • 2 Handbooks – The Grantmaking Manual and the Measurement Manual
  • All refreshments
  •  A certificate of attendance  

Please contact Reana Rossouw at (+27 9 11) 5932316 or email for more information.

Event Start Date: 
Tuesday, 11 July, 2017
Event End Date: 
Thursday, 13 July, 2017
Event Venue: 
Johannesburg, Gauteng
Event Type: 

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