All communities, irrespective of their socioeconomic status, have an exceptional ability to tackle social problems and find innovative solutions. From feeding and educating children, to overcoming gangsterism, to growing the township economy, the social innovation approaches developed in SA are remarkable.
Many would remain unknown, until Common Good First was launched earlier in October.
A digital platform that will showcase social innovation, social enterprise and community projects, Common Good First will also connect organisations to peer projects, academics and higher education institutions in the country and across the world.
It will also help projects improve their digital literacy and information and technology (ICT) skills so they can share their stories, skills, knowledge and solutions, and grow their support bases and networks.
The project is a partnership between several South African and international universities, with the universities helping to identify innovation projects including those with which they are already engaged.
The developer of the project and its primary coordinator is Glasgow Caledonian University in Glasgow, Scotland.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth is the lead South African partner and domestic co-ordinator.
Common Good First is funded by the EU programme Erasmus+, a funding stream for education.
Common Good First was awarded almost €1m over three years (about R15.5m).