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South Africa is set on fixing its economy. But will poor people benefit?

20/11/2018 • Editors Blog, Editors Notes, Editors Picks, head, Home, Latest News, National, NewsComments (0)

President Cyril Ramaphosa has been working hard to improve South Africa’s economic situation. In October he hosted a jobs summit that’s expected to produce 275 000 new jobs a year. More recently he organised an investment summit at which participants announced commitments worth R290 billion. He also announced initiatives to promote

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Some smart ideas to make toilets fit for purpose in Africa’s cities

20/11/2018 • Africa News, Editors Blog, Editors Notes, head, Home, Latest News, National, News, On the GoComments (0)

Every flush by a typical toilet sends about 6 to 16 litres of fresh water to wastewater treatment centres. lchumpitaz/Shutterstock About 23% of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa don’t have access to toilets while 31% with toilets use

The Setlogane Manchidi Book Review

15/11/2018 • Editors Blog, Editors Notes, Editors Picks, head, Home, Latest News, National, News, On the Go, Truth B ToldComments (0)

Corporate Social Investment – a  guide to creating a meaningful legacyMany of you may know the name Setlogane Manchidi, the CSI manager for Investec whose passion, flamboyance and excellence are legendary to those who have worked with him.Last week I had

Africa Investment Forum 2018: African Financial Alliance on Climate Change (AFAC) unveils guiding principles

13/11/2018 • Africa News, Editors Notes, Editors Picks, head, Home, Latest News, NewsComments (0)

The African Financial Alliance on Climate Change (AFAC) unveiled its guiding principles at the recently concluded Africa Investment Forum. Launched in June 2018, AFAC aims to increase financial sector participation in climate action, in order to raise

Why CSI Managers and Funders End Up Funding the Same NGOs Time After Time?

31/10/2018 • Editors Blog, Editors Notes, Editors Picks, head, Home, Latest News, National, News, On the Go, Press ReleaseComments (2)

Chances are high that you’re involved in closing down your own organisation! We received such great feedback from the CSI genocide article (emailed October 25) that one has to wonder why this elephant in the room has evoked so little comment before. By

Is your NGO or NPO in trouble or closing down?

25/10/2018 • Editors Blog, Editors Notes, Editors Picks, head, Home, Latest News, National, News, On the Go, Press Release, Truth B ToldComments (0)

How corporates have singlehandedly created CSI genocide in South Africa As host of Funders’ Round, I have spoken with CSI managers who manage some of the most impressive and ground-breaking CSI budgets in South Africa.  Close conversations over the last

How to read and learn from scientific literature, even if you’re not an expert

24/10/2018 • Editors Blog, Editors Notes, head, Home, Latest News, News, On the Go, Truth B ToldComments (0)

It’s hard work, but reading scientific literature can be very valuable. Brendan Howard/Shutterstock Reading scientific literature is not for the faint-hearted. It’s dense, and very often full of foreign terms and ideas.  It also assumes a basic

Fruit South Africa: Sow the critical seeds of fruit consumption amongst our kids

21/10/2018 • Editors Notes, head, Home, Latest News, National, News, On the GoComments (0)

We owe it to our children to advocate for their awareness around nutrition and obesity, and their fruit consumption seems a good place to start. Thankfully, if you held up an orange or an apple in front of a South African child, there’s no question that

Why the World Bank’s optimism about global poverty misses the point

21/10/2018 • Editors Blog, Editors Notes, Global, Global News, head, Latest News, News, On the GoComments (0)

A different measure of poverty shows 70% of the world’s poor live in what the World Bank considers middle-income countries. EFE-EPA/Onome Oghene The World Bank’s latest annual report on poverty and shared prosperityhas an unsurprisingly positive message

The Ecosystem of Shared Value

08/10/2018 • Editors Blog, Editors Notes, Global, Global News, head, Home, Latest News, News, On the GoComments (0)

In the past, companies rarely perceived themselves as agents of social change. Yet the connection between social progress and business success is increasingly clear. Consider these examples: The first large-scale program to diagnose and treat HIV/AIDS in