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Hillary Mahlatjie

I am a current student at the Cornerstone Institute and registered for a BA degree in Sociology and Psychology. I aspire to change the world and make it a better place. I detest racism, GBV and Femicide.

I am also an unapologetic proponent of transformation and inherently value the practice of servant leadership. I thus think that only a certain set of skills and behavioural traits including an unwavering commitment to serve are required to help encourage a paradigm shift to change the world. One female moral leader of her people, a visionary and selfless colossus of black freedom who led ahead of her time, Charlotte Maxeke, inspires me greatly to this extent. She once said, “This work is not for yourselves. Kill that spirit of “Self” and do not live above the people, but live with them. If you can rise, bring someone with you. Do away with that fearful animal of jealousy. Kill that spirit and love one another as brothers and sisters’’. Maxeke was a God-fearing scholar, gender activist and proponent of democratic education, continent and beyond. I always draw wisdom to serve, from her noble deeds.

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Why the focus on direct impact data?

A common challenge from policy makers, funders, community members, people directly experiencing development issues, and governments is: Demonstrate your Impact. Prove that what you are doing works. The high quality, highly credible data presented on the cards below is designed to help you answer that question for your social change, behaviour change, community engagement, communication and media for development, strategy formulation, policy engagement and funding initiatives. At this link filter the research data to your specific interests and priorities

Why a playing cards design?

There is a physical pack of cards with this data (to get a copy please request through the comment form for any card). The card approach allows for easy identification and selection of relevant direct impact data in any context. For example if talking with a donor and you need to identify proof of impact say "take a look at the 7 of Hearts". Quick access can be provided to high-quality data for many areas of your work – funding, planning, policy, advocacy, community dialogue, training, partner engagement, and more. A card deck is also engaging, easy to use and share, a conversation starter, and a resource - and they are fun and different. So we kept that design for the online images as it can serve similar purposes. 

What are the criteria for inclusion?

The impact data presented meets the following high standard for inclusion criteria:

  • Positive change or trend in a priority development issue;
  • Social change or behaviour change strategy or process;
  • Randomized Control Trial or Systematic Review methodology;
  • High quality peer review journal published;
  • Numeric impact data point
  • Published since 2010.