The Centre for Civil Society Partnership in Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship Project has three objectives:
The first is to promote the study of philanthropy as an academic discipline recognizing its importance in the third sector. The project seeks to accomplish this by including philanthropy on the Civil Society and Development Masters Module teaching course in Development Studies.
The second objective of the project is to afford young, African researchers an opportunity to conduct research and to publish within the field of philanthropy.
The first phase, completed in 2009, was a research initiative examining the role of philanthropy and civil society during the 2008 xenophobia crisis in the Durban area. It culminated in the first Young Researchers Philanthropy Initiative report entitled Stepping into the breach: Philanthropic and civil society responses to xenophobia in Durban 2008. The two researchers who worked on the project were Development Studies Masters Students, Samantha Schwarer and Welcome Mwelase.
The second phase completed in 2010, involved research around the theme of ubuntu and horizontal, as opposed to vertical patterns of giving in Maphumulo, KwaZulu-Natal. The findings were compiled as the second Young Researchers Philanthropy Initiative report entitled How and why poor people help each other: A perspective from the Maphumulo rural community, KwaZulu-Natal. The research was carried out by Development Studies Masters Student Siphamandla Chili and PhD Student Anne Murenha.
The Project’s third objective is to contribute to international scholarship on philanthropy and partner with universities where philanthropy is an entrenched discipline. In April 2011 Shauna Mottiar and Mvuselelo Ngcoya presented their paper entitled ‘Understanding horizontal philanthropy in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa’ at the IRSPM Conference in Dublin, Ireland. They are currently editing a volume on philanthropy in South Africa due to be published in 2013. A special issue on Social Justice Philanthropy of the journal Giving was completed in 2012 and is based on a partnership between the Centre for Civil Society and the University of Bologna, Italy.
Mottiar, S. (2012). Post-apartheid foundations and possibilities for social justice philanthropy. Giving: Thematic Issues on Philanthropy and Social Innovation, 2, 2011, (Bononia University Press), 9-24.
Murenha, A and Chili, S. (2011) How and why poor people help each other a perspective from the Maphumulo rural community in KwaZulu-Natal. Young Researchers Philanthropy Initiative, Centre for Civil Society.
Schwarer, S. and Mwelase,W. (2010) Stepping into the breach: Philanthropic and civil society responses to xenophobia in Durban 2008. Young Researchers Philanthropy Initiative, Centre for Civil Society. More
Dr Shauna Mottiar
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