Creating shared value – because companies cannot succeed in a failing society

Too many companies are still trapped in an outdated approach of focusing solely on short-term financial performance while mostly ignoring the well-being of their customers, the availability of natural resources and the needs of the communities in which they produce, sell and deliver services. It’s no wonder that dismay to the point of aggression has been mounting against big corporates, …

Social capital – measuring the unmeasurable

“Social capital” as a concept is relatively new, multifaceted and imprecise. “Hard data” on what it is and how it should be measured is therefore not readily available. Companies often only report on the money they invest in communities, but seldom know how much value – or social capital – they’ve created. Much of what is measured is reporting activity, as …

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A 21st Century methodology to evaluate CSI impacts and returns

One of the biggest issues for the development sector in Africa is how to determine whether we have really made a difference through any given social investment programme, and what kind of difference we have made. Have our interventions improved the lives of those they set out to change for the better? Have resources and funds been meaningfully allocated and utilised? Is …

Let’s do social innovation rather than corporate social investment

Companies cannot be sustainable if the communities they depend on for future business are unsustainable. While this may sound as logical and common sensical as continually adapting CSI efforts to keep up in an ever-changing world, so many corporates have been riding the wave of change on the same old social investment board for several years. The world will continue …

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Investment Impact Index

A detailed impact assessment methodology developed by Next Generation Consultants for determining impact and return on investment for the grantmaking and social development sectors.

Measuring impact – and getting better at it

We started our impact journey in 2009. It is only through looking back that we realised how far we have come. We did not set out to change the world, simply to answer a single question: What difference did we make? Since then, we have assessed more than 600 programmes worth more than R3 billion. We have assessed development programmes …

Social innovation: Contributor and driver of future value and capital

Even today, many development practitioners find it hard to prove the value (and the business case for that matter) that social and community development delivers and contributes to the future sustainability of a business. However, because we have proved through impact assessments that measure both the impact (on beneficiaries and investment portfolios or themes) and return on investment for the …