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Investing In The Future and Drivers of Change Civil Society Award: Asiye E Tafuleni

Asiye e Tafuleni means “let’s go to the table”. By taking a “bottom up” approach to compliment local government efforts, Asiye e Tafuleni collobarates with informal traders, local government officials, and town planners to creatively include the voices and interests of informal traders in urban planning and development. 

As a social facilitation agency, AeT has been pioneering in research, multi-stakeholder dialogue and negotiation, policy development, and service delivery aimed at filling the pro-poor development vacuum that exists in urban design and planning. 

Through its innovative work in the Warwick Avenue market area in Durban, South Africa, Asiye e Tafuleni is a driver for systemic change towards more inclusive cities across the southern Africa region. 

The initiative exemplifies higher level partnerships that work for the benefit of vulnerable groups at a very local level, the judges said.

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Investing In The Future and Drivers of Change Business Award: The Trust for Urban Housing

The Trust for Urban Housing, a joint project with Future growth Asset Management, is driving change in the inner city property renewal. The Trust supports emerging inner-city property entrepreneurs by financing building projects that transform inner city living spaces for the rental property market. 

The Trust is an example of the impact of on-the-ground social entrepreneurship that at once assists entrepreneurs to realise their dreams of owning a sustainable business and uplifts communities. 

It empowers lower income groups to join the property investment market as equals, in areas where banks are reluctant to invest. In 2010, 4,647 units were refurbished and 9,294 jobs created as a result of the Trust’s investments. 

Today the majority of the property owners and landlords come from previously disadvantaged homes. This is an excellent demonstration of how low income groups can be organized into reliable markets when products are well-tailored to their needs… with remarkable social benefits, the judges said.

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Drivers of Change Government Award: Dr Theo Ben Gurirab

Dr Theo Ben Gurirab was the Prime Minister of Namibia from 2002 to 2005. He was also Namibia’s foreign minister and is now the Speaker of Namibia’s parliament. He changed history for the people of Namibia through protracted negotiations that led to the country’s independence. 

With over 35 years in the field of diplomacy and international affairs, Dr Gurirab presided over the adoption of the UN Millennium Declaration in 2000 that was the basis for setting the global Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDG framework has, for the past ten years, been the single most comprehensive, inclusive, and globally embraced poverty-focused development agenda. 

Dr Gurirab also chaired the United Nations reform process. In changing world where the governance of international organisations and development strategies need constant review, Dr Theo Ben Gurirab has been a driver of change, the judges said.

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Drivers of Change Individual Award: Advocate Thuli Madonsela

Advocate Thuli Madonsela forfeited a Harvard scholarship to focus on her role as one of the drafters of the post-apartheid constitution. 

She has been instrumental in human rights and civic activism since the early eighties and has contributed to the development of a host of laws enacted to transform South Africa’s legal system since 1994. 

In 2009 she was appointed by the President as South Africa’s third Public Protector, after being recommended by Parliament following a hundred percent vote in her favour by all parties represented in Parliament. Since her appointment, Advocate Madonsela has demonstrated leadership and carried out her mission without fear or prejudice – bringing a new prominence to the role of the public protector, the concept of “the public interest”, and the primacy of the public sphere. 

She has contributed significantly to strengthening constitutional democracy and has emerged as a major driver of change in South Africa, the judges said.