Social research and writing


Social Innovations works with Jika Imfundo, the KZN programme of the National Education Collaboration Trust to research and prepare reports, presentations and videos that keep the donors of the programme informed of progress.


In 2017, Social Innovations is completing research for BankservAfrica that will inform the direction of its social investment spend.


Compiled and edited a book that captures the life stories of beneficiaries of the Thuthuka Bursary Fund. These beneficiaries from rural schools are studying towards becoming chartered accountants.

The book aims to inspire young people from similar backgrounds to set goals, to persevere and to work towards those goals.

Thuthuka is an example of how an industry can collaborate to tackle transformation on a large scale by growing its own timber at the school level and by following through this support to tertiary, training contracts and employment.


Social Innovations reviewed two programmes in the education sector and worked with the funder to develop stronger governance, management and monitoring and evaluation systems for these programmes.  These systems allowed the funder to more easily track progress against targets and objectives at any given time.


Social Innovations advised on the development of a coffee table book to promote the CSI portfolio of the bank, and travelled to all corners of the country to research and document the education sector for publication in the book. We also provided strategic advice on aligning CSI spend with national SA priorities.


Social Innovations has written two books for this social housing organization.  The first, Landmarks and Learnings was written with CEO Taffy Adler and aimed to celebrate the 10th birthday of JHC by sharing learnings with other social housing organisations internationally.  The second book, Building Community one Layer at a Time, celebrated 10 years of Makhulong a Matala – the social development arm of JHC.


Social Innovations completed a strategic review of the existing CSI spend of Massmart and its underlying companies: Game; Makro; Builders Warehouse; Masscash.

We advised that the Group consolidated spend across the group into a national flagship programme that is scale-able and replicable. The programme addresses literacy development and the challenge of under nutrition in South African primary schools.


Completed a review of CSI spend and developed a flagship CSI initiative to consolidate CSI spend. The programme was developed to address the challenge of computer literacy in primary schools within the rural communities that provide Simba with its primary raw material: potatoes.