In defence of NGOs, incubators of future leaders

by Dr Shuaib Manjra NGOs attract skilled individuals committed to progressive causes at great personal sacrifice. Furthermore, NGOs serve to incubate future leaders... In our broken, grotesquely unequal and multiply wounded society these NGOs have been the glue that enormously contributes to our society’s continued integrity and survival, and provide much needed hope. The NGO... Continue Reading →

WWF South Africa – for nature, for you

In 1961, the World Wildlife Fund was founded as an international organization in Switzerland. As its focus widened over the decades from wildlife to the environment as a whole, the international name changed in 1986 to WWF – the World Wide Fund for Nature (although Canada and the US retained the old name). This more... Continue Reading →

loveLife – Influencing positive behavioural change

The New loveLife Trust, also known as loveLife, was established in 1999 as a joint initiative of leading South African NGOs, private foundations, and the South African government. Its initial mandate was to reduce new HIV infections and unplanned pregnancies among young people aged 15-24 years by half within a five-year period. As the organisation... Continue Reading →

Non-profits and financial sustainability in South Africa

by Shelagh Gastrow, Founder and Director, GastrowBloch Philanthropies There are more than 150 000 non-profit organisations registered with the South African Department of Social Development. This explosion of organisations has resulted in on-going pressure for funding. Whilst funding crises are the normal situation for many non-profits, it is important for them to make plans for... Continue Reading →

Shrinking Civic Space – The albatross around the neck of open governance reform

by Mukelani Dimba In mid-July 2018, more than 2 000 people representing governments, civil society formations, parliaments, multilateral institutions, and business met in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, for the fifth Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit. The summit was billed as an occasion to showcase the latest innovations in making governments more open, accountable... Continue Reading →

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