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2009 Annual Report: Blinded by Pessimism or Seeing Possibilities

 
2009 Annual Report: Blinded by Pessimism or Seeing Possibilities

The Foundation’s 2009 Annual Report uses Mott’s grantmaking in South Africa to showcase the universal challenge of building civil society. Through the voices of a group of grantee organizations in South Africa, who contributed essays about their work and their hopes for their country, this annual report provides a view of the civil society sector from the perspective of those working “on the ground” to encourage positive change.


Online Only/Audio Content:

Voices from South Africa is a collection of five digital recordings based on the guest essays that appear in the 2009 Annual Report. The essayists — including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu — share their reflections on the role civil society is playing to encourage positive change in South Africa. The brief recordings are available as a collection and individually. Learn more.


Annual Message: Sharing voices from South Africa


Special Section: Blinded by Pessimism or Seeing Possibilities


  • "Despite challenges, civic groups can help strengthen democracy"
    by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu PDF
  • "Healing old wounds requires facing the past" by Father Michael Lapsley PDF
  • "NGOs must be eyes, ears and voices of the People" by Ela Gandhi PDF
  • "Can civil society sustain gains from the games?" by Charles Villa-Vicencio PDF
  • "Will South Africa’s leaders rise to the nation’s challenges?" by Kwandiwe Kondlo PDF
  • "It’s possible to be a realist and an optimist" by Amanda Cooper PDF
  • "NGOs must safeguard their sovereignty, independence" by Nomvula Dlamini PDF
  • "Civil society can be a powerful force for change" by Marcella Naidoo PDF
  • "Now is a good time for stocktaking" by Tinyiko Sam Maluleke PDF

Programs:

  • Civil Society program grantmaking PDF
  • Environment program grantmaking PDF
  • Flint Area program grantmaking PDF
  • Pathways Out of Poverty program grantmaking PDF
  • Exploratory & Special Projects and Employee & Trustee Grants grantmaking PDF

Finance: PDF


Online Only Content:

  • Voices from South Africa is a collection of five digital recordings based on the guest essays that appear in the 2009 Annual Report. The essayists — including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu — share their reflections on the role civil society is playing to encourage positive change in South Africa. The brief recordings are available as a collection and individually. Learn more.
  • World Cup Beyond the Games: Reflections from South Africa during the World Cup — This blog was the springboard for the 2009 Annual Report. Featuring 19 essays written by Mott grantees, the blog coincided with the 2010 World Cup games. A collection of diverse and rich voices, the essays offer a look at what excites, frustrates and inspires NGO leaders to continue their efforts to build a strong civil society in their home country.
  • Read details about Mott grants from 1988 to September 2010 in support of work in South Africa.
  • Read more articles about Mott's grantmaking in South Africa.