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Presents a case study of South Africa's first public interest law clearing house established to increase access to pro bono services of law firms and advocates. Outlines ProBono.Org's organization, strategies, and outcomes as well as emerging practices.
This report is the third in a series to chronicle the concluding years of The Atlantic Philanthropies, the largest foundation ever to decide to commit its entire endowment in a limited timeframe and then close its doors.
It covers events that occurred from late 2010 through September 2012, some four to five years before Atlantic expects to make its final grant commitments, including:an intense 10-month strategic planning process to narrow its grantmaking focus and set a timetable for the foundation's concluding period for each programme and each country where it operatesstaff concerns as the realities of the end of foundation set inHuman Resources' plans to help employees prepare for their post-Atlantic careers and positive reactions to the release of an explicit policy on severancean examination into the issue of grantee sustainability, particularly in countries and programmes where replacement funders are unlikely.In-depth case studies explore Atlantic's impact and the challenge of grantee sustainability in two focus areas: efforts to abolish the death penalty in the U.S. and to promote the rights of the rural poor in South Africa.
New Philanthropy Capital;
This report aims to provide a guide for donors who wish to fund projects to help those affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Its purpose is to provide the detailed contextual information and analysis required to understand the extent of the pandemic, resulting social needs, types of response in operation, and the outcomes generated by such interventions.
Center for Civil Society Studies at Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies;
Drawing on the findings of the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project, this report provides a broad overview of the civil society sector in countries spanning all six inhabited continents and includes just-released data on developing countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The report provides a comparative overview of the civil society sector in 35 countries; analyzes the scope, size, composition, and financing of the sector, including new data on nonprofit employment, volunteering, expenditures, and revenues; examines geographic patterns and characteristics of the nonprofit sector; and presents data in dozens of easy-to-read charts.
Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town;
This monograph documents the results of a qualitative research inquiry conducted by the Building Community Philanthropy Project into the philanthropic impulse and behaviour of the poor. It documents the comparative findings across four countries - Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe - into how and why people who are poor help each other. Describing the ethos of help among the poor, the monograph explores how philanthropy is organised - its purpose, rules of engagement, form and content, its actors and the motivations behind it.
International Studies Program of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies;
Extending the property tax to new areas not previously subject to taxation has created a number of challenges for local governments in South Africa. This is especially true for municipalities that have amalgamated former black local authorities (BLAs) with former white local authorities (WLAs) and for municipalities in rural areas that have large tracts of traditional tribal lands within their boundaries. The purpose of this paper is to look at how the property tax was initially implemented in these newly taxable areas. Working Paper Number 06-47
Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education;
This paper presents a case study of the development of the South African project Free High School Science Texts (FHSST), an initiative to develop a free high school science text for all teachers and learners in South Africa. The goals of the case study were two-fold: to examine and analyze the practices associated with the successes and challenges encountered by FHSST; and to encourage a participatory, analytical process that will assist other open education projects in thinking about and sharing their practices, processes, and strategies. Beyond its implications for South African education, the FHSST project can serve as a model for peer production of open content, offering insights into planning and decision making around 1) recruiting volunteers; 2) sustaining their participation; 3) using technology to create effective workflow; 4) conducting hackathons; and 5) facilitating teacher trials. Findings from this study offers insights into overall approaches and goals that may prove instrumental across open education projects, serving as a reference for development of assessment tools and resources that may assist open education projects in tracking, sharing, and advancing their learnings and success.
Thirteen years ago, South Africa underwent a peaceful transition from white minority rule to majority rule. Today, the country is a stable multiparty democracy. It has the largest and the most sophisticated economy in Africa, which generates almost 40 percent of all the wealth produced on the African continent south of the Sahara. The African National Congress government, which came to power in 1994, deserves credit for stabilizing the economy and returning it to a steady, albeit slow, growth path.
The ANC's democratic record is less impressive. The government has transformed the state-owned South African Broadcasting Corporation into an ANC propaganda machine that has banned some of the government's most prominent critics from appearing on it. The culture of political correctness stifles public debate over the direction of South Africa's economic and social policies. Those who dare to criticize the government are often labeled as racist. Moreover, the ANC is considering new laws that would undermine judicial independence.
It is increasingly apparent that the ANC wishes to dominate the social and institutional life of South Africa in the same way that it dominates the country's political life. Fortunately, the ANC continues to put great value on its international reputation and tends to be hypersensitive to international criticism. When the government does not act in accordance with the spirit of liberal democracy, members of international civil society groups, the diplomatic corps, and the business community should voice their concern. Constructive criticism could change the ANC's behavior and positively influence political developments in South Africa.
This report describes the experience of The Atlantic Philanthropies and 16 non-governmental organizations using communications to advance social justice in South Africa, and shares lessons relevant for funders, nonprofits and advocates around the world interested in using communications to elevate a human rights issue. The publication highlights the Farm Life in South Africa Project, a campaign Atlantic funded over a number of years to raise awareness of the plight of South Africa's rural poor, including the unjust and unlawful evictions of nearly one million farm dwellers in the decade after South Africa adopted its new constitution in 1994. Incredibly, the widespread problem of farm dweller evictions was almost invisible until a group of NGOs in South Africa banded together with support from Atlantic to tell the story of evicted farm dwellers. This report is an entry in the Atlantic Reports series; learn more at www.atlanticphilanthropies.org/atlantic_reports.
Human Sciences Research Council;
This book addresses the crucial question of social cohesion: what holds us together when everything seems to be pulling us apart? Set in the context of a changing South Africa, the book engages this question of social cohesion under difficult globalising conditions. As the chapters demonstrate, globalisation has presented not only obstacles but also opportunities for social cohesion in South Africa. This book explores both.
Statistics South Africa;
This is a household-based sample survey that collects data on the volunteer activities of individuals aged 15 years and older who live in South Africa.