Creating Ripples of Change

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 Case Study Series demonstrate how award-winners address key policy mandates creatively and effectively.

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.

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What We Do

Awards Programme

Awards Programme

The Impumelelo Social Innovations Award Centre is a leading awards programme in South Africa, rewarding excellence and 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 21 projects have won international …


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Master Class Training

Master Class Training

Impumelelo’s Master Classes are unique training opportunities where award-winners train their peers to replicate their success stories in sectors such as Early Childhood Development, Education in Maths & Science, Food Security, Water & Sanitation, HIV/AIDS, Health-Care, etc.The Master Classes are demand-driven and target Policy-makers, Public Managers, Elected Officials, Private Sector CSI Managers, CSO leaders, and …


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Case Study Research

Case Study Research

Impumelelo’s series of Best-Practice Case Studies demonstrates how our award-winning social innovations address key policy mandates locally and internationally. The case study includes a policy overview of the relevant sector and describes the project in detail, elucidating the basic ingredients that demonstrate how our award-winners address key social and developmental challenges. Each case study contains …


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Media Advocacy

Media Advocacy

Impumelelo’s Media  campaign is a platform to advance public policy through developmental journalism by highlighting social issues and offering innovative solutions. Over a number of years, Impumelelo has used this platform to create a reliable and consistent stream of publicity to showcase social innovations, using conventional media platforms such as social media and newspapers. Impumelelo …


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International Award Winners

International Award Winners

Impumelelo award-winning projects win prestigious international awards: Name of Project Year Award Durban Metro Water: Sewage Disposal Education Project 2000 Gold Award-Winner 2003 Dubai International Award for Best Practices Rural Mobile Community Service Centres 2004 Platinum Award-Winner 2004 UN Public Service Award Africa Winner: Innovation in Public Service Category e’Thekwini Water and Sanitation Programme 2007 …


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Student Internship

Student Internship

Apply for an Internship Impumelelo has attracted many under- and post-graduate students locally and internationally. They are indispensable to Impumelelo’s range of activities and they fill in a human resource gap within the organisation while receiving invaluable training in return. Work opportunities on offer: Case study research Writing up case studies for the database Videography …


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