Civil society

Civil society

  • Introducing You to Forgood

    Forgood is an online platform (pc and mobile) that connects passionate people with needy organisations.

    Do you want hundreds of thousands of people and companies to know about your work – and support it?

    Do you want people to donate their goods to you? Think…. computers, building material, desks, clothes, food, etc.

    Do you need people to give you their time and skills for free? Think… accounting, design work, sports coaching, teaching, etc.

    Do you want an easy fundraising platform?

    Use forgood to find your perfect match – and get the help you need!

    So what separates forgood from other similar platforms?
    We are a one stop shop where causes can use one online platform ask for whatever they need - monetary donations, goods or services. We also have unparalleled reach through our partnership with News24 and in the next few months, Gumtree and a number of big companies.
    People can also offer free goods and services to causes. They post an offer and you automatically get an e-mail from us informing you of this offer.
    Any cause can sign up with forgood and its free.

    Background on forgood:

    Forgood was founded in 2006 and kicked-off with a series of SMS campaigns in 2008. It has grown over the years into the web-based platform it is today.

    Forgood is an initiative of Heartlines, a nonprofit company that uses various forms of media to encourage a return to living out good values in order to build a healthier, better nation.

    Enquiries: Tel: 011 771 2550, Email:, Twitter: @forgoodSA, Facebook:
    For more about forgood, refer to

  • Global Cloud Technology Survey – Announcing the Results!

    In February and March 2012, TechSoup Global and its global network of partner organisations, including SANGONeT via the SANGOTeCH Technology Donation Programme, conducted a survey of NGOs around the world to better understand current cloud computing usage and future plans for cloud computing adoption.

    The survey garnered more than 10 500 respondents from 88 countries.

    The results are in.

    SANGOTeCH is pleased to add this information to our ever-evolving resources for NPOs, charities, foundations, and the stakeholders who support them.

    SANGOTeCH has published a paper with the key findings of the survey in the hope that the information will enable NPOs to make informed IT decisions.

    We encourage you to review the findings, learn about the current state of cloud computing in NPOs around the world, and find out how your organisation stacks up.

    By better understanding the technological tools that NPOs currently use, as well as their future plans and requirements, SANGOTeCH can work with its partner organisations to provide NPOs with the resources they need to operate at their full potential.

    To read the full report, refer to

    More about SANGOTeCH:

    The SANGOTeCH online technology donation portal is a joint initiative between SANGONeT and TechSoup Global. Launched in South Africa in December 2006, it assists NGOs by providing software and hardware for very low or discounted fees in conjunction with ICT donor partners (e.g. Microsoft, SAP, Symantec, etc.), as well as by supporting NGOs to maximise their ICT purchases and infrastructure. Since inception, this initiative has resulted in savings of more than R120 million for the NGO sector in South Africa.

    SANGONeT has already expanded SANGOTeCH to Botswana and Kenya, with the aim of covering the whole Southern African region by 2013.

  • For and Not-For-Profit Big Bang...

    Two worlds are colliding and the results can only be fun.

    I am sitting in the Impact Investing conference organised by the South African Network for Impact Investing (SAII) and hosted by the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and you can see it happening.

    There are those of us from the nonprofit background (clearly visible as we don’t wear sharp cut suits or impossibly high heels) and those from the financial world, who talk a strange language of bonds and equity and use acronyms as if they are pronouns.

    I often think that the jargon of business is designed to be intimidating so that those of us on the periphery are forever excluded, like little children not invited to the Top Dogs birthday party.

    But this week, I had one of those moments where all became clear and suddenly it made sense. I missed the choir of angels and harps accompanying my epiphany, but it was no less dramatic.

    We are all saying the same thing - just differently.

    There are fund managers out there looking (yes – looking!) for social enterprises to invest in. This took a long time for the fundraiser in me to understand, as these moments are few in the nonprofit world.

    These fund managers will take you through a rigorous process assessing your business, your future growth and your ability to survive independently of traditional grants and handouts. You are after all, a business. They do however, despite the sharp suits and high heels, seem to have a heart. They are just approaching us from a different angle.

    So no longer can nonprofits assume that business does not understand the world of social service delivery. They bring new insights, which we must acknowledge and respect and vice versa.

    So this is the Big Bang, where the world of for and not-for-profits collide.

    It is a change in thinking.

    We know that the traditional funding model - of dependency on finite grants, and hard-won subsidies - cannot last.
    The financial stress and pressure that we all largely operate under means that we can never think ahead. We are always worrying about the now, rather than the where do we want to be.

    Impact Investing may not be your thing, but the thinking of this new approach has to be explored and interrogated.

    Because it encourages you to develop a social enterprise - a business wing that supports the delivery of social services. Because it is passionate about measurement and accountability. Because taking on financing  forces you out of the cushioned security of grant funding and means you have to face up to your own organisational risk: ‘Will it work?’ takes on a whole new meaning when you have to pay the money back.

    And let us be honest. This is exactly what the nonprofit world has been calling for. We have just been using different phrases that ask for new funding streams, greater accountability and transparency, as well as ownership by all.

    So. Sparks will fly, as our worlds slowly collide. But Impact Investing has gravitational pull and its going to be hard to resist.

    - Kerryn Krige is a freelance advisor in development. She has worked for some of South Africa’s leading non-profits as a fundraiser and programme manager. She started off as a journalist and moved into the non-profit sector in the United Kingdom, working for traditional charities and social enterprise. She has worked in East and Southern Africa and is passionate about building the capacity of the nonprofit sector. You can get in touch on

  • Guidelines to Prepare Your Annual Report

    Annual Reports are excellent marketing tools for your nonprofit organisation

    Your nonprofit organisation’s annual report allows you to share the story of your organisation and its successes with your various target audiences. It is through your annual report that you build and maintain support for your organisation’s brand. This is achieved by encouraging, inspiring, thanking and motivating current donors, volunteers your organisation’s staff. They are also wonderful marketing tools for potential donors, volunteers and staff.

    There is a lot of talk around what makes a good annual report. Today, there is a focus on the report being used to tell a story showing the impact the organisation has in the community.  This fresh new approach shows the return on investment and justifies he organisations existence.

    Annual Report versus Board Report

    It is important at this point to make a clear distinction between the annual report and the board report.

    The annual report is a more focused on highlighting the achievements and successes in the year. Let it tell your organisation’s story through real human experiences so that your audience has clear understanding of what it is that you are doing and achieving. Make your language clear and easy to understand, give an explanatory paragraph or two for your financial statements so that non financial people can understand it. Your annual report should also be visually appealing so remember to include relevant photos with captions.

    The board report or director’s report is where you share the more in depth facts, figures and administrative details. It is more the nuts and bolts of what needs to be communicated.  Here you will share information like you implemented a new back office system and what the results were of that implementation from a more “technical” standpoint.

    Annual Report Content

    The following information/sections should be included in your annual report – how you lay it out is entirely up to you.

    Remember to include your organisation’s basic information. For example, registration information with relevant regulators and contact details:

    Your organisation’s vision and mission;

    Governance - including:

    • An introductory message by the chairperson as the leading authority of the organisation. This introduction is key as it highlights the activities of the past 12 months at the strategic level and also a way forward;
    • A list of governing body members with their photographs and/or their background information detailing their individual roles within the organisation i.e. title and brief description. This should include members that resigned and joined the organisation during the course of the year. Qualifications and experience of each board member is important including other board involvements;
    • A Governance Structure including activities (aligned to roles and responsibilities of Board) achieved by those structures including the number of meetings attended by the members of each committee and or at board level. Where your organisation does not have committees then the board may just state how it executes its responsibilities;
    • Any major changes in your memorandum of association or trust deed or constitution;
    • Risk Management including internal controls in place to give assurance that they have been considered and dealt with.
    The Operations Report
    This report is prepared by chief executive officer, executive director or managing director. The operations report may be separated according to functions of the organisation or by strategic objectives lined out on the business or operational plan e.g.

    Human Resources
    • Organisational chart;
    • Depending on the reliability of your data, you may even include a table which details staff compliments/components in terms of Employment Equity Act;
    • Indication of permanent staff and volunteers.  High impact changes, these should include; the number of new appointments versus dismissed or resigned;
    • Awards of long service for volunteers including board and staff.
    • Marketing programme summary including aims and objectives for that year and what was achieved;
    • Targets for the upcoming year.
    Service Delivery – Programme

    This outlines activities, projects or accomplishments carried out by organisation as per 12 months’ business or operational plan. It underscores mission related achievements.

    The section covers the stated objectives of the service with a focus on the community needs. It is based on researched facts or management estimates. The achievements should focus on what the planned activities were versus what actually took place. It should also discuss the variances and the reasons for these variances as well as general challenges faced by the organisation. Rather than saying that funding is the biggest challenge - discuss what the funding will be spent on. This will encourage current donors to continue to donate and potential donors to see what is needed and heed the call to action.

    Where there ad hoc services or duties were performed in the community, these should be included as new developments and be explained why they are relevant to the organisation’s mission and vision.

    Programme development
    • The Need - Solutions to what is foreseen as challenges to achieve such (risk management);
    • Estimated impact – pilot;
    The success stories structured i.e.
    • What was the problem?
    • What was the solution?
    • Impact assessment.
    This section should include both the narrative and the quantitative information; such may not be easily available if it is not embedded within the monthly reporting process. The design should also not neglect pictures and graphs.

    Conclusion should include what the organisation intends to do the following. This should take account of future projections; manpower that may be required to accomplish these. The report should be prepared by the chief executive officer or executive director.

    Treasury Report

    The introduction of this report may include the impact of economic (macro and micro level), socio economic indicators’ impact on the organization including the financials legal framework changes, etc. Keep this section short in the annual report. You can go into greater depth in your board report.

    Information to include here:
    • The budget and/or the actual and major variances clarified in each category of income and expenditure. This should find its basis on what is considered as being material to the board;
    • Basic financial analysis of major changes;
    • What was not achieved and lessons learned a fresh and approach for the future;
    • Major future expenditures - this may be linked to future commitments on the financial statements;
    • Audited Financial Statements (AFS).

    Also keep this section to a minimum. You can include a link to the really in depth report, but for the annual report make sure that it’s easy to understand by including an introductory paragraph highlighting and summarising the important facts.
    • Independent auditor’s report;
    • Annual financial statements with notes.
    Acknowledgment of donors

    This section should avoid categorising the donors by the amount they have given but rather list them in alphabetic order by government departments, companies, foreign funding and individuals.

    Depending on the space; using company logos of company donors would be preferable. In the instances where individuals or companies do not want to be mentioned they can be grouped under anonymous donors.

    If you have any questions about effectively creating your organisation’s annual report or how to ensure that your board is operating under good governance guidelines for nonprofit organisation, e-mail to
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  • Corporate Governance in South Africa: Weak Links that Allow Fraud and Corruption to be Rampant

    One has now lost count of the number of fraud and corruption incidents that get reported in the media - almost daily.  Most would agree that this indicates our corporate governance is collapsing, has completely collapsed or that it needs some serious re-vamp. The fact that fraud and corruption incidents do get reported, confirms that corporate governance still works – but mainly on the detective side. What about the preventative side?  Until a balance is struck between preventative and detective controls, combating fraud and corruption will remain as elusive as ever or may even escalate. I have noted three key weak links in our corporate governance structure here in South Africa:

    • We do not have minimum governance structure expectation from organisations. Until we do that, we will forever be chasing possible fraud and corruption perpetrators only after the action has been done;
    • Organisations are not legally required to have internal audit departments. Those that have internal audit departments make such to suffocate within the organisations – adding very minimal value if any, to what they could potentially do to their organisations;
    • The fact that organisations have an option to follow King III guidelines or not is a waste of resources - taking into account time and money invested in the research. What is the use if only say 10 percent of organisations follow the King guidelines? It simply means there are no corporate governance guidelines in South Africa.
    To come out of the quagmire of rampant fraud and corruption, South Africans need to agree on the following recommended minimum governance structure:

    Organisations should be expected to have the above structure as a minimum requirement - where internal auditors will be concerned with the future, external auditors with the past, board of directors very much concerned with the present, the audit committee with continuous risk assessment and monitoring and the shareholder with the overall performance and results of the organisation. (Governance structures are by no means precluded from interacting). All these governance bodies have direct access to the shareholder. How wonderful? Where can fraud and corruption get a chance with such tight governance? Admitted, it will never be airtight, but fraudsters will have to sweat to achieve what they want.
    By allowing fraud and corruption cases to be reported at this rate without strategic countering, governance bodies such as the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Institute of Directors are partly to blame for the high incidents of fraud – not as active participants, but as passive participants. Most internal auditors are not comfortable with the position of internal audit in their organisation organograms, but are afraid to say it because it may have career limiting consequences. The institute of directors is quite aware that until King III guidelines are made legally enforceable, governance will remain poor - but they do not push for King Guidelines to be enforced. Why?
    Internal audit is one function that could be relegated to the heap of history if it does not re-invent itself and position itself as a catalyst in the fight against fraud and corruption – through proactive systems and controls. Whenever fraud and corruption incidents are reported, one hears very little or nothing from internal auditors. Their role has become that of a lame duck or a toothless bull dog – bucking loudly, but unfortunately not able to bite.

    To re-invent itself, internal audit has to fight for legal recognition. The current status is that organisations may opt to have or not to have internal auditors in their structures. We need legalised internal audit for these reasons:
    • Once given a legal standing, internal auditors should be elevated to report not to management but to the shareholder. This will give internal auditors the necessary muscle to do their work without fear of reprisal from management;
    • Preventative controls will be entrenched in all organisations. The likelihood of fraud and corruption being reported once it has occurred will be significantly reduced;
    • Inefficient, ineffective and uneconomical control environment will be discovered and reported sooner rather than later;
    • On-the-job training for inexperienced youths could be housed in this department. With a well run internal audit department, managers have a pleasure to recruit from the internal audit department because recruitees would have had some exposure to business processes and procedures within the organisation;
    • Like external auditors, internal auditors should have their reports included in the annual reports;
    • If legalised, so many new quality job opportunities will be created for youths entering the market – this is where the job fund could come in handy.
    In conclusion, the re-vamping of both the Institute of Internal Auditors as well as the Institute of Directors as effective governance structures will help achieve three goals at once; prevent fraud and corruption before it happens; help with continuous training; help create quality employment for the youth especially.

    - Kgosiemang Esau Moloko, Mobile: 084 700 4784

  • Cape IT Initiative: Business Development Manager

    Cape IT Initiative (CITi)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, September 26, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    The Cape IT Initiative (CITi) is a nonprofit organisation established in 1998 to address systemic challenges undermining the growth and sustainability of the technology sector (ie IT, ICT, ICTe, Tech&Design and software) in the Western Cape.

    CITi focuses on the development and support of potential entrepreneurs and SMMEs through the identification of qualifying candidates, obtaining of funding, appointing of trainers and facilitators and the provision of co-working office infrastructure in a business incubation environment.

    The Cape IT Initiative seeks to appoint a Business Development Manager - Entrepreneurial & Enterprise Development, based in Cape Town.

    • Maintaining and growing the number of participants;
    • Managing and developing relationships with all stakeholders, including the funders or donors;
    • Marketing;
    • Maintaining of information and information technology;
    • Staff management;
    • Facilities management.
    • Related tertiary qualification;
    • Entrepreneurial flair, training and or experience;
    • Related experience;
    • Good communications skills;
    • Good networking skills;
    • The ability to communicate in isiXhosa.
    To apply, submit a CV to

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    For more about the Cape IT Initiative, refer to

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to


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  • Food Security Threatened by Population Growth

    Food security concerns cannot be addressed without tackling population growth.

    Simon Ross, chief executive of Population Matters, commented, "We are right to worry about how we are going to meet the future demand for food in a more-crowded world. But simply addressing supply will never be enough. We need also to address demand - by encouraging a more sustainable way of life, including smaller families.

    The report on food security issued this week by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee of the British House of Commons concluded that:

    "The UK [United Kingdom] currently enjoys a high level of food security, but this situation will not last unless the government plans now for future changes in our weather patterns and the changing global demand for food...the UK's self-sufficiency for food that can be grown domestically (already) has fallen from 87 per cent to 68 per cent in 20 years."

    The report focuses on food production, supply and the systems necessary to ensure our food security in the future and highlights some examples of good practice and how the government and food producers could plan for projected changes to make our food production and supply systems more secure.

    Simon Ross continued, "Planning improvements to food supply in response to an increasingly hot and crowded world make sense. However, the committee perhaps felt ill-qualified to comment on Britain's rapid population growth, which is running at around four million every decade - much higher than other European countries.

    "This is of course a global issue rather than being limited to one country. If we are serious about addressing food security in the face of climate change and rising per capita consumption in industrialising nations, we should seek to stabilise human numbers by promoting smaller families and balanced migration flows."


    About Population Matters

    Population Matters is the UK’s leading body campaigning for sustainable populations in the UK and abroad. We conduct education, research and advocacy on the environmental impact of population size. Population Matters is the working name of the Optimum Population Trust.
    For further information contact:
    Simon Ross
    Tel: 020 8123 9353

    For more about Population Matters, refer to

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    Date published: 
    Population Matters
  • Spier Architectural Arts Academy: Designer

    Spier Architectural Arts Academy
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, November 1, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Spier Architectural Arts is a Trust that facilitates the mediation between artists, designers and architects in the conceptualising, manufacturing and installation of large-scale artworks. The studio integrates functional design with fine art pieces to create considered spaces enhanced by hand.

    Spier Architectural Arts seeks to appoint an experienced and creative Designer, based in Cape Town

    The Designer will work on high quality spatial design projects, specialising in the integration of fine art pieces in commercial spaces. Candidates must have a minimum of five years spatial design experience, with creative flair and confidence in engaging with artists, clients and presenting ideas.

    Integrating functional design with fine art pieces, the designer works with the architect and fine art specialist to create considered spaces enhanced by hand. Excellent Photoshop/SketchUp skills are essential, as is flair with colour, materials and knowledge of furniture products.

    A Design Assistant assists the Designer to deliver on the five areas listed below.

    Research and development:
    • Network and Development;
    • Network with industry peers, local designers, architects to promote architectural art / raise awareness;
    • Assist with development of proposals for special Spier Architectural Arts projects, exhibitions and  competitions;
    • Conduct Industry research scoped by architect.
    Site design:
    • Receive brief from client and perform as liaison in continues communication;
    • Understand entire site design, surrounding area and budgets in order to propose fittings from  Collaborative Studios;
    • Select artwork from stock list (database) to fit brief of site;
    • Suggest site specific commissions;
    • Calculate dimensions with complete installation;
    • Produce quotations for site proposals;
    • Develop elevation with artwork;
    • Produce layout and design of digital and printed presentations;
    • Brief artists where necessary, and continue communication.
    Artwork commission project management:
    • Draft project scope and definition;
    • Compile presentations.
    Design documentation:
    • Manages image process from Curator approval to final client selection and catalogue;
    • Proposes artwork selection to clients on weekly basis;
    • Maintain library of appropriate stock images for production in various mediums;
    • Prepare artwork design for large-scale printing (scaling, cropping, saving in correct graphic file format, liaising with printers, troubleshooting, etc);
    • Compile artwork maintenance manual for client.
    • Software skills;
    • Full DTP Skills;
    • Proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator;
    • Proficient in Sketchup / or similar 3D package;
    • Great interpersonal skills;
    • Effective trouble-shooter and able to find resourceful, creative solutions;
    • Ability to work on multiple projects at the same time;
    • Ability to manage stress and harness a team to deliver on time;
    • Minimum of five years experience in:
    • Presentation and proposal design, with examples of prior work to show;
    • Spatial design;
    • Project management;
    • Photography of products and spaces;
    • Photography re-touching and preparation for print.
    Salary: Negotiable according to experience.
    To apply, submit a CV, motivational letter and electronic samples of your work to

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
    Enquires: Tel: 021 465 9029.

    For more about Spier Architectural Arts, refer to

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    Need to upgrade your NGO's technology capacity and infrastructure? Need software and hardware at significantly discounted prices? Refer to the SANGOTeCH online technology donation and discount portal at

  • Ikamva Labantu: Programme Director

    Ikamva Labantu
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, September 20, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Ikamva Labantu - the Future of our Nation, is a non-governmental organisation that provides services in the delivery of health services, learning, development and resources. Ikamva Labantu works through local communities so that they can become self-sufficient and sustainable.

    Ikamva Labantu seeks to appoint a Programme Director, based in Cape Town.
    The person will report to the Director.
    • Develop and implement programme strategies and plans;
    • Manage all staff and workforce programmes and processes;
    • Facilitation,  preparation, review and monitoring of programme  budgets;
    • Manage communication processes with managers, board, donors and partner organisations regarding programmatic issues;
    • Network and facilitate all new and current strategic partnerships;
    • Represent the organisation at various meetings/ workshops with stakeholders;
    • Provide strategic input into management issues in the organisation.
    • Postgraduate qualification will be preferred;
    • Relevant qualification in social work, social sciences, etc;
    • Proven experience of five to10 years within community development;
    • Proven relevant senior management experience within an NGO environment;
    • Knowledge of relevant social development legislation and governance;
    • Ability to direct and manage the implementation of the organisation’s strategies at an operational level;
    • Ability to effectively manage the activities of assigned human resources and support their development;
    • Proven leadership and managerial skills;
    • Well developed English written and verbal communication skills;
    • Proven relevant financial knowledge and budgetary experience;
    • Ability to positively contribute towards the development of appropriate organisational strategies;
    • Ability to understand the organisations long term plans programs and budgets;
    • Flexibility and integrity;
    • Analytical and conceptual ability;
    • Sound human resources knowledge;
    • Results driven.
    To apply, submit a CV and a motivational letter to, or by fax to Ikamva Labantu Human Resources Department, 086 510 6988.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Enquiries: Director, Ms. A. Nel, Tel: 021 461 8338.

    Ikamva Labantu is committed to the principles of employment equity.

    For more about Ikamva Labantu, refer to

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    Need to upgrade your NGO's technology capacity and infrastructure? Need software and hardware at significantly discounted prices? Refer to the SANGOTeCH online technology donation and discount portal at
  • New Publication on the Sustainability of South African Civil Society

    South Africa’s civil society sector, variously known as the nonprofit (NPO) or non-governmental organisation (NGO) sector, plays a vital and often unacknowledged developmental role. In spite of an enlightened Constitution, discrimination and inequity still abound in South Africa. Women, children, people of colour, indigenous peoples, migrants, gay and lesbian groups, and people living with HIV/AIDS, are among particularly vulnerable groups. Although there has been some progress in racial, ethnic, and gender equality since1994, South Africa remains a vastly unequal society, driven by all the worst consequences of pervasive poverty. These include health, education, welfare and human rights failures.

    The civil society sector is dedicated to alleviation of these and other damaging socio-economic conditions. Over the past two decades the sector has increasingly filled gaps in government service delivery. It is no exaggeration to contend that without the efforts of organisations of civil society the suffering of the poor, the marginalised and the sick would be significantly more acute. In view of this it seems indefensible that this important sector is experiencing a sustainability crisis. While we do not have current and reliable statistics on funding to the sector, a variety of sources show that most organisations rely on a combination of (diminishing) international funding, corporate social investment, donations from individuals, and a degree of income-generation, often via government contracts. The support of government is erratic at best, as reflected in several recent media exposés. As a result, the sustainability of many important organisations is threatened and many have been forced to close or to drastically reduce staff and associated capacity. These circumstances are greatly exacerbated by the current uncertain economic climate.

    With the intention of improving this situation, a group of organisations have published a new report: ‘Critical Perspectives on the Sustainability of the South African Civil Society Sector’. Including an assessment of the functioning of the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) and the National Development Agency (NDA), the report represents the outcome of extensive research and consultation. The objective is to  improve the practice of government grant-making and investment in the sector, and in the process contribute to an effective enabling regulatory environment for South African civil society.

    The research revealed that the legislated ‘enabling environment’ for civil society requires review and strengthening. The NPO Directorate within the Department of Social Development has been unable to effectively implement its responsibilities in accordance with the Nonprofit Organisations Act. The NLDTF and the NDA have not managed to disburse funding effectively to the sector in accordance with the relevant legislation. The serious lack of current and reliable national data about the size, scope and activities of the sector negatively affects the ability of the sector and of government to support it. Statistics South Africa has not met its obligations in this regard. The sustainability and effectiveness of civil society to address poverty and inequality is compromised by these problems.

    The report concludes with a number of practical conclusions and recommendations. Key among these is a call for the National Planning Commission to review the current dysfunctional regulatory environment in consultation with representatives of the sector. Piecemeal adjustments will not work – a cross-government systemic approach must be adopted in order to ensure that the various departments and state-related agencies function in accordance with over-arching developmental policies. The expected outcome of this recommendation should be a holistic framework for the location and effective functioning of the NDA, NLDTF, specific allocations from official development assistance, private philanthropy and corporate social investments, congruent with the developmental state.

    Click here to read the full report.

    For more information contact:

    Colleen du Toit
    Mobile: 083 646 8469

    Phiroshaw Camay
    Mobile: 082 886 5886

    Rajesh Latchman
    Mobile: 083 443 0227

    Issued by:

    Charities Aid Foundation (CAF Southern Africa)
    CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
    Co-operative for Research and Education (CORE)
    Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT)
    Legal Resources Centre (LRC)
    National Welfare Social Service & Development Forum

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    Date published: 
    Charities Aid Foundation (CAF Southern Africa), CIVICUS:World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Co-operative for Research and Education (CORE), Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT), Legal Resources Centre (LRC), National Welfare Social Service & Development Forum
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