Lorenzo Davids is a leader in social development who has worked to address poverty and improve lives in South Africa. He is the CEO of The Development Impact Fund, an organization that invests in projects and entrepreneurs with potential to transform themselves and their communities. Through this work, it is his mission to help South Africa reconnect to the ideals of its constitution, the preamble of which states that it seeks to improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person.
Lorenzo conducts community conversations with groups of people across South Africa to discuss goals and barriers to success and active citizenship. He has observed that one key to a safe, equitable, and prosperous society is to have a dignified, safe, clean public transit system.
Lorenzo Davids is a frequent contributor to the Cape Times, Star, Natal Mercury and Argus newspapers, and a commentator on matters of social development. He writes a weekly column in the Cape Argus, ‘#AnotherVoice’. He is also co-author of ‘Transformative literacy in South Africa’ (Global Citizenship for Adult Education, 2021).
In this interview on Newzroom Afrika, Lorenzo Davids discusses the experiences he has had visiting underserved areas of South Africa as CEO of The Development Impact Fund, and what he has learned about the challenges faced by the people living there.