The Mike Nightingale Fellowship was established in 2012 and is a registered charity in the UK (Registered Charity Number 1151969).
The charity aims to change lives through sustainable development and is presently active in South Africa, principally in Hout Bay, where it is leading or contributing to a number of projects. The charity is not a large one and therefore sees its role is one of enabling improvements, by providing resources and skills that bridge critical gaps, which are often small but prove very difficult to overcome.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, states that the 2015 United Nation Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) represent the most successful global anti-poverty push in human history.
However, despite halving the number of people living in extreme poverty and the proportion of people with sustainable access to improved sources of drinking water; more than one in eight people worldwide remain hungry, 2.5 billion people lack basic sanitation facilities, environmental sustainability remains under threat from accelerating emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), too many children are still denied their right to primary education, and gender-biased inequalities in both the public and private spheres persist.The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, states that the 2015 United Nation Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) represent the most successful global anti-poverty push in human history.
As the United Nations works with governments, industry and other partners towards a post-2015 development agenda to meet these ongoing challenges, civil society organisations like the Mike Nightingale Fellowship (MNF) are also playing a critical role in bridging some of the resource gaps (skills, training, knowledge, materials or funding) that can make a great difference to peoples lives.
Established in 2012 by Mike Nightingale, an architect with close personal links to South Africa and who built one of the worlds leading healthcare design practices, our aim is to act as catalysts and enablers, initially in the health and social care sectors, inspiring collaboration and knowledge sharing to achieve positive outcomes for all.
Applied judiciously in the right place and the right time, even small amounts of resources can help people with limited opportunities to develop their own skills and capacities to improve their own lives, and those of their families and communities. By applying methods and approaches that can be readily replicated in other, similar projects and places resources can be deployed even more efficiently and sustainably.
Lives will only be truly changed if the change is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. The Trust will only support changes that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs
1. The Millenium Development Goals Report 2013. United Nations, New York, 2013