About Us

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 active in Hout Bay, South Africa, where it supports 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, stated 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.

Charities and NGOs like the Mike Nightingale Fellowship (MNF) can play 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, who built one of the world’s leading healthcare design practices, our aim is to act as catalysts and enablers, 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 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 as identified in The Millenium Development Goals Report 2013 , published by the United Nations, New York, 2013