CSI insights 2017-12-08T10:47:24+00:00

CSI INSIGHTS

We share lesson and insights from our various knowledge platforms focused on corporate social investment including annual research and curated articles from The Trialogue CSI Handbook, and insights from the Trialogue CSI Conference and the CSI forums.

Conscious giving

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , |

Panellists discussing the concept of conscious giving at the Trialogue CSI Conference, held in Bryanston on 24 and 25 May 2016, were asked to define the term. Conscious giving panel (fltr): Gary Shearer, Madam Tobeka Madiba Zuma, Salma Seedat, Taddy Blecher and Thabang Skwambane “It’s active intent – [...]

It’s time to insist on inclusive capitalism

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , |

The current system of capitalism is broken, and for as long as inclusivity is a separate goal to business strategy, nothing is going to change. “The most damning thing about capitalism is that we’ve placed shareholders above all other stakeholders, which means we meet the needs of shareholders at the [...]

CSI in Africa

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , |

CSI practitioners agree that CSI can only work in Africa if the social purpose is tied directly into the goals of the brands themselves. At the Trialogue CSI Conference held in Bryanston on 24 and 25 May 2016, the CSI in Africa panel discussed the ways in which three practitioners [...]

Delivering a richer learning experience through ICT

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , , |

A panel at the Trialogue CSI Conference, held in Bryanston on 24 and 25 May 2016, debated the merits of using ICT as a mechanism to deliver education. The panellists all agreed that ICT enhances learning, but that an understanding of the learning context, the teaching pedagogy and the entire [...]

Aligning the Sustainable Development Goals with African citizens’ priorities

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , , |

As governments and development communities set out to achieve the recently-instated 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity, an important question is: amidst the goals and targets, what are the priority areas that they should focus on? Speaking at the Trialogue CSI Conference, [...]

Education, life skills and career guidance needed to address unemployment

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , , , , |

The mismatch between what employers require and what young people have to offer is contributing to the problem of youth unemployment. Unemployment is one of the key challenges facing South Africa, and particularly South African youth.  A recently released report from Stats SA, entitled The Social Profile of Youth, 2009 [...]

The art of collaboration in education

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , , , |

The Trialogue CSI Conference hosted a panel discussion on collaboration in education, on 24 May 2016. The session explored what it takes to build meaningful relationships with key stakeholders, in order to realise impact in a sector as notably challenging as education. Collaboration in education panel (fltr): Barbara Dale-Jones, [...]

Ensuring relevance and adaptability in fundraising and grant-making

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , , |

The challenges and demands in social development seem to be almost infinite, but money and resources are most definitely not. Speaking at the Trialogue CSI Conference on 24 May 2016, Cassiem Khan told an audience of non-profit organisations, private and corporate donors, government and other social development stakeholders that fundraising has [...]

Sound monitoring and evaluation builds a strong organisation

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , , |

It is crucial for non-profit organisations and corporates alike to be able to prove the impact that their social development initiatives are having, in order to secure ongoing and possibly increased financial support. A panel discussion on monitoring and evaluation (M&E), convened on 24 May 2016 at The Trialogue CSI [...]

Funding innovations

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In an increasingly challenging funding environment non-profit organisations and corporates must find innovative, collaborative and sustainable ways to work together in their efforts towards social development. A panel discussion on funding innovations, held at The Trialogue CSI Conference on 24 May 2016, introduced delegates to three innovations in funding, viz. [...]

CSI has an important role to play in The South African Project

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , , |

Professor Brian O’Connell spoke passionately on the topic of The South African Project at the Trialogue CSI Conference, held in Johannesburg on 24 and 25 May 2016. O’Connell has a long and distinguished career as a policy advocate, community activist and educator, and is the retired rector and vice-chancellor of [...]

Overview of the state of CSI in South Africa

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

An estimated R8.1 billion was spent on CSI in 2015, said Nick Rockey, managing director of Trialogue. Rockey was speaking at the opening of the Trialogue CSI Conference in Johannesburg, on 24 May 2016. The sector, which experienced an average of 12% real growth between 2004 and 2014, experienced a [...]

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