The Ubuntu Educational Fund which is found in the Eastern Cape in Port Elizabeth township of South Africa has done more than any charity or humanitarian organization to help disadvantaged children get a good life. In a country where poverty levels are deplorable and the living standards so low, the work of humanitarian agencies like Ubuntu Foundation are highly valued. Although many charities receive large sums of money, according to the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Ubuntu, Jacob Lief, most of the charities do microscopic in practical terms to improve the conditions of the people they are meant to support. During the annual meeting of the World Forum for Economics which was hosted in Davos, Mr. Lief decried the terrible situation and advised that new methods for assisting the vulnerable children should be evolved.
The keynote address which he gave was a changed approach from the usual blame game between donors and charities. Although he has always been against the restrictions and conditions donors attach to the assistance they give, Mr. Andrew Rolfe admitted that the nonprofits who received money did petite to help the poor children. The Ubuntu model partners with personalities like Andrew Rolfe who is a prominent board member of many humanitarian organizations, parents, and families of the children, teachers and community leaders to provide stable living conditions and quality education to the affected children. However, he criticized donors like the late Peter Lewis who put harsh restrictions on where and how the cash they donate should be spent and the kind of donors who interfere with the internal structures and administrative set up of nonprofits.
Another speaker, Patrick Boggan said that although it was becoming very difficult to get donors who did not impose such conditions, the presence of such conditions would greatly benefit the organizations being supported to be stable and well governed. The involvement of donors was a prerequisite for better management and sustainable development. However, Doug Wingo who runs Wingo consultancy and Andrew Rolfe felt that involving donors in the management would have adverse effects on the organizations. To be able to structure their programs, charities needed to be well staffed and financed.