Common Good First – we have funding!

Common Good First – we have funding!

August 4, 2016

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded an Erasmus+ EU Grant to develop and expand the Common Good First platform.  From a total of 736 applications, 147 projects were successful in their funding bid.  Five of the successful bids came from universities in the UK and two were from Glasgow Caledonian University – so we are particularly proud of our achievement!

Through Common Good First, we aim to support and grow the emerging South African social innovation sector by capturing and showcasing social impact projects in South Africa, connecting them to each other, academics and universities around the world.

  • We will actively promote and support University/Enterprise cooperation, based on deep knowledge of the digital landscape in SA, so as to promote take-up of web and mobile technologies in the region, in line with government objectives
  • We will create an online directory of innovative social projects for learning and teaching, as well as offering opportunities for community engagement to students in South Africa and EU
  • This resource will also connect our community projects to potential funders and sponsors
  • We will create modules in digital storytelling for both student engagement with the wider community, and community projects themselves, and roll these out in mobile labs in three SA provinces, focusing on rural, peri-urban and urban locations
  • Co-operation and collaboration will be developed between universities in the northern and southern hemispheres around social innovation, digital literacy and community engagement.

The ultimate vision for Common Good First is to roll out the platform (and associated teaching modules and social innovation resources) more widely within Africa, Europe and beyond.

We will be working with the following six South African universities

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

University of the Western Cape

North West University

University of the Free State

Rhodes University

University of Johannesburg

And with the following four universities in Europe:

Roskilde University

University College of South East Norway

Reykjavik University

University of Alicante

And also with the Social Innovation Exchange.


There won’t be any more updates on this website, but keep an eye on our social media – Facebook, Twitter – for more information on the next exciting phase of Common Good First.