Rewarding Social Innovations that Improve the Quality of Life of the Poor Since 1999
The Impumelelo Social Innovations Award Centre is a leading awards programme in South Africa, rewarding innovators who find creative solutions to public problems. Impumelelo also regularly submits the work of its award winners to the UN Public Service Awards and the Dubai International Awards for Best Practice, and since 1999, 21 projects have won international prestigious awards. Our Master Classes are unique training opportunities where award-winners train their peers to replicate their success story in sectors. Impumelelo’s Best-Practice Case Study Series demonstrates how our award-winning social innovations address key policy mandates locally and internationally.
Impumelelo, like most Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), is undergoing its most significant transformation since its inception. Dependence on donors often hinders sustainability, distracts from its mission, and encourages a short-term strategy of chasing funds. With SA defined as a middle income country, donor funding has declined and is being diverted elsewhere in Africa. The issues of sustainability, therefore has become more urgent.
In this context we have adopted a plan that focuses on new growth strategies that will enhance our current services and products with the aim of generating new revenue streams that will sustain the organisation in the longer term and slowly diminish donor dependence over the longer term.
Impumelelo, like most Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), is undergoing its most significant transformation since its inception. Dependence on donors often hinders sustainability, distracts from its mission, and encourages a short-term strategy of chasing funds. With SA defined as a middle […]
South Africa has an estimated 5.7 million people living with HIV or AIDS, which is the largest population of infected people in the world. The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) has been central in the fight against the HIV and […]
“This project will go down in the history books of human settlements. It shows what can be done when the community works with partners in government. In order to make government work for informal settlements, we have to fuse the […]
In South Africa, poor and vulnerable children lack access to Early Learning Development (ECD) facilities. Cognitive stimulation at home is generally poor, resulting in low school-readiness and delayed learning. Primary caregivers need support to develop parenting skills and to build […]
“Many schools do a good job of educating the youth, but few schools prepare young learners for a career. A school such as the Simons Town High Maritime Studies programme is exactly what South Africa needs considering the country’s high […]
Paarl is the largest town in the Drakenstein Municipality, Western Cape. The area also includes that also encompasses Wellington, Gouda and Saron. The town is situated at the foot of the Paarl Mountain, 60kms outside Cape Town, and is cut […]
I recently attended a seminar on the South African labour market at the Investec headquarters in Cape Town, to listen to the conflicting viewpoints of two prominent figures in this area. Loan Sharpe of Adcorp argued that unemployment rates in […]
Nokhaya Manxiwa-Nqeza established Qhamani Educare because something had to be done. “There were only a few crèches in my area. I saw parents not knowing where to leave their children safely,” Nokhaya says. “Sometimes children were left with neighbours where […]
Known as one of the oldest professions in the world, prostitution has always presented the state with enormous challenges. In this regard, the tension between state officials and feminists has always been contradictory. The debate regarding sex work in South […]
South Africa is one of the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with one of the greatest burdens of HIV/AIDS infections (5.7 million) and the second highest estimated TB incidence per capita worldwide. In 2009, the World Health Organisation estimated that there […]
According to the Department of Labour, commercial craft-making contributes an estimated R2 billion to the economy annually. As this sector provides a gateway into the mainstream economy, the commercial craft-making sector can be an important catalyst for increasing the rate […]