Funding from the Gauteng department of social development: the experiences of project managers at non-profit organisations (NPOs) in Soweto
Luthuli, Bafana Sfiso Maxwell
Non-profit organisations (NPOs) play a vital role in contributing to social development in South Africa, however, funding to develop and implement projects appears to be challenging. The primary purpose of the study was to explore the experiences of project managers at nonProfit Organisations in Soweto about the funding from the Gauteng Department of Social Development (GDSD). The study adopted the qualitative research approach and a multiple case study design. The study was undertaken amongst 15 NPO Project Managers from NPOs located Johannesburg South Region (Soweto) and two key informants from the Gauteng Department of Social Development. For the purpose of this study, the researcher used purposive sampling technique to select the research participants. Two different interview guides comprising of open ended questions were utilised as research instruments. Semi structured interviews were used as the method of data collection. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the data. The main findings of the study, were that Non-Profit Organisations from Soweto had challenges in accessing funding from the Gauteng Department of Social Development and such findings included delays in payments of subsidies in the beginning of every financial year, inadequate funding that does not cater for all their programmes as the funding criteria are not working in favour for the NPOs. It is hoped that these findings will create a platform for the Gauteng Department of Social Development and Non-Profit Organisations to work together in reassessing funding policies in respect of NPOs in Gauteng and their contribution to efforts of Social Development at large.
A report on research study presented to The Department of Social Work School of Human and Community Development Faculty of Humanities University of the Witwatersrand In partial fulfilment of the requirements For the degree Master of Arts in field of Social Development, March 2018
Luthuli, Bafana Sfiso Maxwell, (2018) Funding from the Gauteng Department of Social Development: the experiences of project managers at non-profit organisations (NPOs) in Soweto, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, https://hdl.handle.net/10539/27131.