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The NPO Sector: Mobilisation of resources and capacity to ensure delivery

The NPO Sector: Mobilisation of resources and capacity to ensure delivery


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  • 1.
    • Great powers of the world have done wonders in giving the world an industrial look, but the great gift still has to come from Africa - giving the world a human face.” Steve Biko
  • 2. CSI Conference, 25 May 2011, Johannesburg
  • 3.
    • Current collective income generated by the NPO sector in SA is around R18 billion per annum.
      • This is secured through government contracts or grants
      • Corporate Social Investment
      • Trusts and Foundations
      • Foreign donations
      • Individual contributions (includes donors/members)
      • Social enterprises/entrepreneurs
    • Volunteer support is valued at over R6 billion
    • Non-financial items can be as high as R8 billion.
  • 4.
    • What if we (CSI and NPOs) increase our efforts and understand each other more?
    • Structure partnership agreements for long-term goals.
    • We can encourage more people to volunteer and value their contribution (around R12 billion in sweat equity)?
    • We can seek and appreciate the significance of non-financial gifts? (R16 billion in items or expertise)
    • We need more social entrepreneurial thinking and new social enterprise ventures. (Job Creation)
  • 5.
    • We need to double our efforts. Generate R65 billion by 2015
    • Can we do it?
  • 6.
    • They are community based and operate where the real social needs exist.
    • They have programmes in place that are already attacking poverty and hunger than can be replicated elsewhere.
    • They have local knowledge and are culturally sensitive and speak indigenous languages.
    • They understand the real needs for development and can show a quick turnaround in change (Impact).
    • They are lean and more cost effective in delivery of services and create jobs (1 million)
  • 7.
    • 6. They are able to work with other groups and form clusters for more effective delivery.
    • 7. They can assist business with meeting SED requirements and BBBEE score cards
    • 8. They are flexible and can adapt to change and new trends because they are on the ground.
    • 9. They make use of ICT for developmental work and can report back in real-time.
    • 10.They can align their existing successes and future programmes with MDGs.
  • 8.
    • There are an estimated 120 000 Non-Profit organisations; 50 000 are community based organisations (CBOs)
    • Each CBO has the ability to reach-out or touch the lives of 3000 people.
    • That means more than 1,5 million lives can be changed just through CBO efforts alone.
    • They work in all sectors; health, education, environment, job creation, food security, sport, the arts, housing, human rights – into infinity and beyond!
  • 9.
    • HIV and Aids and other health programmes; e.g. ARV administration, Home-based care support, children’s health...
    • Small scale farming schemes in rural SA
    • Food gardens for nutrition and economic development
    • Primary schools, Crèches and play groups
    • Art, sport activities for the youth and the elderly
    • Recycling groups (glass, paper etc)
    • Sanitation, water and many, many more
  • 10.  
  • 11.
    • The spirit of Ubuntu drives individuals to help others.
    • Communicating in a local context is vital to gaining trust within a community
    • Local buy-in and faith will make a programme successful, especially when working in rural areas with tribal leaders.
    • Long-term sustainability will depend on the level of community involvement and leadership.
  • 12.
    • Implementation of programmes is a high priority as the pressure builds from the community or target group.
    • Impact can be measured – no numbers without stories, no stories without numbers.
    • NPOs are great story gathers.
  • 13.
    • Can operate on the smell of an oil rag.
    • NPOs are mission driven and do the ‘job’ regardless of delays or obstacles.
    • The community will get involved and help out if funds dwindle.
    • Will or can share facilities and resources
    • Volunteers greatly reduce cost of service delivery.
    • Non-financial gifts help to ‘fundsave’
  • 14.
    • Joint ventures and collaboration leads to higher level of delivery – cost effective and efficient.
    • Networking – Who knows who and Who can do what!
    • Sharing ideas and removing approaches and badly thought-out models that just don’t work.
  • 15.
    • Skills development
    • Preferential Procurement
    • Enterprise development
    • Socio-Economic Development
    • And don’t forget Employee Volunteerism and matching staff community involvement incentives.
  • 16.
    • Adaptation of programmes can easily be achieved. As some developmental goals are attained new challenges will surface .
    • CSI focus (and often Government) is often 3 to 4 years behind social shifts, rendering the flow of support too late for halting a crisis.
      • E.g. 12 years ago few corporate donors were funding HIV/Aids programmes. Today all NPOs have an HIV/Aids component within their projects to meet funding criteria set by Corporates – Poverty eradication is the goal.
  • 17.
    • Social networking platforms for online debates and discussions creating awareness.
    • Rural areas can communicate in real time – disaster or emergency alerts, crop levels and sales at produce markets for small scale farmers and so on.
    • New media is embraced by the sector such as cell phones for mass messaging and data collection.
      • Cell Life and Vodacom is a good example of how cell phone technology builds a web-based data collation system directly from the field.
  • 18.  
  • 19.
    • A number of companies in SA have committed themselves to assisting with the delivery of MDGs by 2015 – they need to partner with non-profits.
    • The government has signed the UN Millennium Declaration yet we are falling behind with meeting our obligations, why!
  • 20.
    • "Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connected...." Chief Seattle
  • 21.  
  • 22.
    • The NPO sector: Mobilisation of resources and capacity to ensure delivery. Against a background of the challenges faced by the non-profit sector, this session examines the capacity of NPOs to enter into meaningful partnerships with the private sector and to mobilising much needed resources for development.