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The second Young Researchers Philanthropy Initiative report is based on a research project focusing on understandings of Ubuntu and local level forms of giving in Maphumulo, KwaZulu-Natal. It was carried out in 2010 by SDS Masters Student Siphamandla Chili and SDS PhD Student Anne Murenha. It is entitled ‘How and why poor people help each other: A perspective from the Maphumulo rural community in KwaZulu-Natal’.

The first Young Researchers Philanthropy Initiative report is based on a research project focusing on philanthropic and civil society responses to the xenophobia outbreak in Durban in 2008. It was carried out in 2008 / 2009 and is entitled 'Stepping into the breach: Philanthropic and civil society responses to xenophobia in Durban 2008'. The two researchers who worked on the project were SDS Masters Students, Samantha Schwarer and Welcome Mwelase.

Centre for Civil Society Partnership in Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship Project

Funded by the CS Mott Foundation, the CCS Partnership in Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship Project affords young African researchers an opportunity to conduct research and to publish within the field of philanthropy.

Resource Flows for Poverty Alleviation in South Africa

Adam Habib, Brij Maharaj (eds)

Format 198mm x 148mm (Soft Cover)
Pages 332
ISBN 10 0-7969-2201-2
ISBN 13 978-0-7969-2201-4
Publish Year 2007
Rights World Rights
Price: R 180.00

While the South African government is tackling poverty amongst its citizenry as a national priority and has developed various pro-poor initiatives, how generously do ordinary South Africans give of their own time and money to assist with the alleviation of poverty, and why?

Who in the corporate sector is giving, how much, to what causes, and what do they hope to achieve as a result? How effective are religious institutions in mobilising and distributing individual and public resources? What do foreign donors provide and what is the effect of their contributions?

For the first time in South Africa, a range of seasoned and new voices, tackle the tricky questions of who is giving and how much. They provide an overview of the South African government’s policy on poverty relief and development and show that giving in South Africa cannot be conceived in a unilinear direction from rich to poor communities and that indeed, giving within poor communities is crucial to their very survival.

From this analysis, invaluable insights into the dynamics of poverty and giving in South Africa are created and policy and strategic implications relevant for governance in contemporary South Africa are drawn.


Giving, development and poverty alleviation
Adam Habib, Brij Maharaj and Annsilla Nyar

A nation of givers? Results from a national survey of social giving
David Everatt and Geetesh Solanki

Religion and development
Brij Maharaj, Adam Habib, Irwin Chetty, Merle Favis, Sultan Khan, Pearl Sithole and Reshma Sookrajh

Resource flows in poor communities: a reflection on four case studies
Mandla Seleoane

New whims for old? Corporate giving in South Africa
Steven Friedman, Judi Hudson and Shaun Mackay

The colour of giving: racial identity and corporate social investment
Steven Friedman, Judi Hudson and Shaun Mackay

Foreign donor funding since 1994
Deborah Ewing and Thulani Guliwe

Contextualising social giving: an analysis of state fiscal expenditure and poverty in South Africa, 1994–2004
Mark Swilling, John van Breda, and Albert van Zyl

About the Author/s

Professor Adam Habib is the former executive director of the Democracy and Governance research programme at the HSRC. One of the founding editors the State of the Nation series, Professor Habib was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Johannesburg in 2007.

Brij Maharaj is Professor and Chair of Geography at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Professor Maharaj serves on the Public Policy and Human Mobility Commissions of the International Geography Union. Awarded visiting professorships in the UK and France, he has also been a Faculty Fellow at the University of Illinois.

Professor Hugh Macmillan, Research Associate, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford

"Interesting and original and deals with a largely unexplored field."

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