Building resilience – the ability of people, organisations or systems to recover quickly after something unpleasant has happened – represents something of a holy grail in development and philanthropy circles. The notion romanticises the capacity and capability of marginalised, vulnerable individuals and organisations to withstand adversity; deal with hardships; and manage deprivation – and to emerge yet again to continue the fight.
While the focus on how many South African civil society organisations have folded during the pandemic is relevant, interrogating the adaptive capacity of those that have survived is equally important and holds deep lessons for the survival of the sector.
In the Independent Philanthropy Association of South Africa (IPASA) annual review 2020 some noteworthy perspectives are shared. Special mention to Halima Mahomed's article on pgs 7 - 9