CSO sustainability

NGOs Should Not View Interventions in Isolation

Afrika Tikkun, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) providing education, health and social services to children, youth and their families through centres of excellence in South African townships, has urged NGOs not to view development interventions in isolation.

Afrika Tikkun chief executive officer, Marc Lubner, points out that while corporate social investment (CSI) fluctuates in South Africa, the other problem is that it turns to be ‘unaligned’.

What Does Sustainability Mean and What Does it Require?

My dad used to say, ‘you can’t just take take take, you gotta give something back!’ At the time he was referring to my (lack of) maintenance and care for my Volkswagen Beetle, but I often think of it as my first lesson in sustainability… about looking beyond the present moment and considering the longer term.

Should NGOs Embrace A More Business-Like Approach?

It is clear from several articles of recent weeks that the prospect of having to generate income in-house to fund the provision of critical, socially beneficial services is causing deep concern for many NGOs. Similarly, the expectation that nonprofits be run along business lines is being greeted with protest and accusations of unrealistic expectations. Yet, the reality is that in a changing competitive world, those who adjust to the needs and expectations of the customer (in this case the funder) are those who survive and thrive.

Sustainability in Difficult Times

Much is being discussed and written about regarding the global recession. We will only be able to see the full effect of this on funding when we look back in a year or two and can calculate the actual impact. Anecdotally though, there are many stories of reduced funding from foreign donors hardest hit by the crisis, and corporate donors whose profits are down and whose giving is often based on a percentage of net profits after tax.

OLIVE OD&T Announces Closure

Barely more than a decade after its initial inception, OLIVE Organisational Development and Training (OD&T) has announced that it will cease operations at the end of August 2006. This news will come as a surprise to many people working in the local NGO and development sector, as there are very few local organisations that operate within the field of NGO capacity development.  

Those that do are highly valued for the unique and indigenous understanding they bring to organisational development, specifically within the South African civil society sector.

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