Corporate Social Investment
Corporate Social Investment

Our Approach

The following guiding principles are applied when selecting projects for support.

  • Developmental – holistic long-term investment in projects instead of philanthropic donations and brand promotion
  • Alignment with country and corporation’s developmental priorities – job creation, education and skills development
  • Proactive identification of projects – discourages unsolicited requests from the public
  • Pro-poor – benefit the most marginalised members of society – strive to improve basic conditions of the poor
  • Collaboration – partner with like-minded organisations to maximise impact and leverage resources
  • Socio-economic transformation – BBBEE (Socio-economic development)
  • Focus on impact

CSI Focus Areas

  • Education and Skills development
  • Entrepreneurship Development

Key Criteria

A programme/project will be considered for funding if:

  • It is aligned to IDC’s values and principles
  • Falls within the IDC’s identified focus areas
  • It’s focus areas are identified by the IDC
  • It addresses development priorities of the country (education, health, rural development, poverty alleviation, job creation)
  • The project promoters show commitment, ownership and accountability
  • Its approach is holistic with potential partnership models
  • It is located within socio-economic transformation and BBBEE agenda – i.e. at least 75% of beneficiaries are black and the objective is to improve the lives of people in marginalised communities
  • It demonstrates the ability to be sustainable beyond CSI funding
  • It is implemented by non-profit entities
  • It meets basic and developmental needs of intended beneficiaries
  • Intended beneficiaries are consulted and form part of the decision-making process of the initiative


The following activities /initiatives are excluded from CSI funding:

  • Political parties and associations with political affiliations
  • Trade unions and religious organisations - unless the organisations have a programme / initiative that holds the objective of improving the lives of marginalised communities and / or individuals.
  • The programme / initiatives must also not discriminate individuals / communities based on affiliation
  • Profit making concerns – unless grant funds are all allocated towards a project / initiative that benefits the community / individuals as outlined in the criteria
  • Any establishment of religious worship – unless the establishment has an outreach programme which benefits the community and not solely members of a particular religion
  • Attendance to conferences both local and international
  • Business or corporate sponsorship of events (This is covered by the Corporate Marketing and Communications Department)
  • Any activity, project or organisation whose objectives infringe the bill of rights or the Constitution or legislation of the Republic of South Africa.
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