Marketing & Media trends
CSI & Sustainability trends
- Time for NPOs to show their real impactKeri-Leigh Paschal
- 5 sustainability trends that will shape business in 2021Christelle Marais
- 4 trends set to continue or be re-interpreted in the NGO sectorInnocent Masayira
- Strengthening NPO skills and processesNazeema Mohamed, Feryal Domingo and Soraya Joonas
- Sustainability is key for social investment in 2021Keri-Leigh Paschal
Construction & Engineering trends
- 3 major trends in the commercial property space in AfricaPeter Hodgkinson
- A bright horizon for South Africa's energy landscapeBarry Bredenkamp
- Achieving developmental goals through constructionCyril Vuyani Gamede
- 4 trends in employee skills development and training you need to know for 2021Siphelele Kubheka and Desikan Naidoo
Energy & Mining trends
- 10 predictions around fintechDominique Collett
- The 4 themes for the new yearAndrew Duvenage,
- 3 wealth management trends to watch in 2021Maarten Ackerman
- 4 strategies to rethink investing in SMEsKuhle Mnisi
- Microinsurance ready to reach new heightsMarius Botha
- Finding alpha in the age of Covid-19Nema Ramkhelawan-Bhana
- Purpose or profit. It's not a choiceMike Middleton
- Shifting towards a digital - but still human - approachHenry van Deventer
HR & Management trends
- 4 areas in which your business can practice its swivelFrancois Kriel
- 5G is coming. Here's what it could mean for SASamantha Naidoo
- 3 big issues demanding legal attention this yearJonathan Veeran, Nozipho Mngomezulu and Burton Phillips
Logistics & Transport trends
Marketing & Media trends
- Tech democratisation will set the tone for 2021Andrew Smit and Johan Walters
- Auction industry survival depends on going virtualJoff van Reenen
- Covid-19 drives new trends in local property marketMarcél du Toit
- A bold year for beveragesAlex Glenday
- Acceleration of digital paymentsJonathan Smit
- Safety vs sustainability - the packaging industry's key conundrumNthabiseng Motsoeneng
- The evolving e-tail landscapeVilo Trska
#BizTrends2021: Sustainability is key for social investment in 2021
Keri-Leigh Paschal, executive trustee, Nation Builder
So what are the key trends we can expect in the coming year?
More than ever, NPOs need multiple income streams
2020 highlighted the old social investment adage that while self-generated income is hugely helpful, it’s not that reliable. Funders are increasingly looking for diversified income streams and recurring giving to drive sustainability within beneficiary organisations. When funders see predictable revenue streams, they’re more comfortable that their investments are going to make an impact within an organisation that can get through uncertain times and is set up to scale.
According to CSI consultancy Trialogue, South African companies spent an estimated R10.7bn on corporate social investment (CSI) in the 2020 financial year...
A bigger focus on measuring impact
Around the world, there is a real need for NPOs and social investors to find ways to effectively measure the impact of their efforts and investments. This comes off the back of a decrease in both private sector and government funding, at a time when social needs have increased dramatically.
To support this, more than 95 NPOs and businesses from the Nation Builder community have been working to establish a standardised reporting guideline for impact management reporting. This guideline, to be launched in March 2021, will set a solid foundation for alignment on reporting approaches in the sector.
We will also launch an impact management reporting masterclass series in May 2021. These masterclasses will take participants on a deep dive into the various aspects of impact reporting. Our aim with these free products is to ensure that every investment of time or resources helps achieve long-term, sustainable change in the lives of those who need it the most.
Pan-African network for social investors African Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA) recently launched its inaugural report on the state of social investment financing in Africa...
More collaboration for greater impact
A key lesson we learned in 2020 is that we’re truly stronger when we work together. In 2021, we can expect to see more partnerships, mergers and joint ventures than ever before as NPOs and the social impact community looks to find ways to maximise their impact with limited resources. We’ve already seen unprecedented levels of collaboration between the private sector and NPOs this year to understand shared challenges, and between different NPOs to expand their operations into areas that aren’t traditionally their core strengths.
Some NPOs may even consider mergers, or sharing core infrastructure, as they look to be as lean and effective as possible. By driving greater collaboration between all parties in the social investment space, we will certainly gain new insights and have greater impact.
2020 has been one of the most challenging years the South African social investment sector has ever faced. But by taking the lessons we’ve learned on board, we’ll be able to face 2021 as a more resilient and sustainable sector – ensuring the best possible support of the most vulnerable in our nation.