The Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre was established in 1999 to identify and reward social innovation and best practices that improve the quality of life of the poor. Over the past 15 years, we have accumulated a substantial databank and compelling knowledge of the ways in which government, the private sector and civil society contribute to public problem solving.
Impumelelo has awarded 457 social projects over a range of sectors, namely sanitation & waste management, food security, housing, early childhood development, education in Mathematics and Science, environment, skills development, job creation, HIV/Aids, healthcare and rural development.
Based on Impumelelo’s submissions, 18 of these award winners have gone on to win international awards, among others the United Nations Public Service Excellence Awards.
As a satellite of USB-ED since August 2014, we are now rebranded as Impumelelo: Stellenbosch Academy for Social Innovation and operate as a social enterprise that provides a range of services on behalf of USB-ED. These include:
- Peer-to-peer master classes
- Think tanks
- Site visits
- Course modules on social innovation and social enterprise development
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