Inclusive, Enabling Communities

Inclusive, Enabling Communities

Communities should both include and enable people who would otherwise be vulnerable or unable to reach their full potential. This includes people living with disabilities, older persons, and abused women and children.

Non-profit organisations provide the majority (about 70%) of community-based social development services. But there are still major inefficiencies – from both the side of government and non-profit sector - in the ways that services are planned and service delivery contracts are funded, administered and monitored. There is a national commitment to streamline and improve systems, so that communities can become more responsive in addressing the needs and enabling especially vulnerable people.At service delivery level, there are still many hurdles to creating inclusive and enabling communities – and especially vulnerable people need to be part of a network of champions who can advocate on their behalf, and where necessary, ensure administrative and legal recourse.

However, the biggest challenge is not about service delivery, but the way in which our society thinks and acts – especially towards women and children. We cannot focus on improving the State and non-government machinery to respond to the effects of domestic and sexual violence, without seeking ways to stop it.

This reality reinforces the critical role of civil society – not only as agents of Government or advocates for institutional change, but in building the agency of individuals and groups in society who challenge and shape our social norms. You can read more about this portfolio here…


  • increased access to resources among our grantees
  • enhanced agency within our grantee organisations to effect systemic change in communities
  • improved connections across key stakeholder groups
  • increased influence of community organisations through support to strategic advocacy initiatives.

Learning Briefs

Organisations produce learning briefs in which they document their lessons learned in implementing their programmes. Choose a learning brief to read from their profiles or from the list below:

Resource Library

The communal resource library is a space where DGMT, our grantees and others can access and upload documents and links that are of relevance for the aims being addressed through the portfolio. You can access the documents below and add to the library if you are logged-­in to the website.

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