Social Investment in South Africa – some reflections Margie Keeton 3 August 2008
<ul><li>An important, urgent challenge for all stakeholders – global and national </li></ul><ul><li>Quick introduction </l...
Poverty – England 1850, South Africa 2010
<ul><li>Multi-layered, harsh and enduring </li></ul><ul><li>Constrained ability to build social capital </li></ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>Poverty as physical need </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty of the mind  </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty of the spirit </li></ul>...
<ul><li>C orporate  S ocial  I nvestment </li></ul><ul><li>is </li></ul><ul><li>“ giving money to good causes to best effe...
Good intentions are not enough ….
Pooling energies for a common goal
Excellent to have a giant’s strength …. (Shakespeare)
You will meet …Saints
…  Rogues and schemers
…  Dreamers and Ideologues
…  and Champions
To understand the realities, you must go there
Getting a sense of proportion
Sensitively exploring people’s realities
Respecting other people’s wisdom
Getting a sense for what is and what it would take to change
Finding credible guides
Be prepared for long journeys and small steps
Go for substance not appearance
<ul><li>Quality of your response </li></ul><ul><li>Responding to  </li></ul><ul><li>Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Opportuni...
<ul><li>Will it be rooted in lived reality? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it hardy, appropriate and practical </li></ul><ul><li>Is ...
We can make a difference
Education – England 1850, South Africa 2010
 
 
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What NGOs are afraid to say - Tshikululu Social Investments workshop 2010

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Presented during Tshikululu's first Serious Social Investing workshop, which took place on 25 and 26 February 2010. Margie Keeton (trustee, Epoch and Optima Trusts) discusses how NGOs experience donors, but are too polite to say.

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  1. 1. Social Investment in South Africa – some reflections Margie Keeton 3 August 2008
  2. 2. <ul><li>An important, urgent challenge for all stakeholders – global and national </li></ul><ul><li>Quick introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Light touch for a heavy topic </li></ul><ul><li>Charles Dickens and others as our guides – show us the universal character of human need / nature </li></ul><ul><li>Some learning from the field of CSI </li></ul>Poverty and development – the approach of this presentation
  3. 3. Poverty – England 1850, South Africa 2010
  4. 4. <ul><li>Multi-layered, harsh and enduring </li></ul><ul><li>Constrained ability to build social capital </li></ul><ul><li>The poor are people, not objects of pity </li></ul><ul><li>Highly resourceful to survive </li></ul><ul><li>Vulnerable to sudden shifts of fortune </li></ul>Understanding poverty
  5. 5. <ul><li>Poverty as physical need </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty of the mind </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty of the spirit </li></ul>Tackling poverty
  6. 6. <ul><li>C orporate S ocial I nvestment </li></ul><ul><li>is </li></ul><ul><li>“ giving money to good causes to best effect” </li></ul>Corporate Social Investment
  7. 7. Good intentions are not enough ….
  8. 8. Pooling energies for a common goal
  9. 9. Excellent to have a giant’s strength …. (Shakespeare)
  10. 10. You will meet …Saints
  11. 11. … Rogues and schemers
  12. 12. … Dreamers and Ideologues
  13. 13. … and Champions
  14. 14. To understand the realities, you must go there
  15. 15. Getting a sense of proportion
  16. 16. Sensitively exploring people’s realities
  17. 17. Respecting other people’s wisdom
  18. 18. Getting a sense for what is and what it would take to change
  19. 19. Finding credible guides
  20. 20. Be prepared for long journeys and small steps
  21. 21. Go for substance not appearance
  22. 22. <ul><li>Quality of your response </li></ul><ul><li>Responding to </li></ul><ul><li>Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>But never to need alone </li></ul>Responsive CSI
  23. 23. <ul><li>Will it be rooted in lived reality? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it hardy, appropriate and practical </li></ul><ul><li>Is it fit for purpose? </li></ul><ul><li>Big enough, but not too big? </li></ul><ul><li>Can it run without you? </li></ul>Informed CSI
  24. 24. We can make a difference
  25. 25. Education – England 1850, South Africa 2010

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