Our mission is to help organisations working in the global south to support urban migrants, refugees and host populations by creating safe, sustainable and successful communities in cities an towns.

Our Vision

We are a leading organisation working together with donors, non-profits and civil society organisations to design innovative approaches to strengthen their social impact and organisational effectiveness.

Why 45?

Simply, we’re inspired by the possibilities of the 45 degree angle.

Take, for instance, the periscope. Using two mirrors set at 45 degree angles, a periscope allows you to do the impossible, to see around corners and over obstacles. 

The way a periscope affords a change in perspective, we work to shift your point of view – seeing the world anew while standing in the same place. 

A 45 degree pivot is big enough to bring about a meaningful change in perspective, while being small enough to preserve what is good and useful about who and where we are. Change is often most fruitful and most sustainable when made in increments. 

This is what 45 means to us.

Small but profound shifts that build on the wisdom, experiences, and lessons of our past. 

We embody grounded transformation, anchored agility, steadiness and change.

Welcome to Frame45.

News from the Field

  • Migrant Journeys: Multiply Reframed
    The landscape of migration and urban policy is overflowing with words, with clever neologisms and buzzy terminology meant to inspire donors to empty their pockets. Often this kind of rhetoric lacks heart. We’re always on the look out for ways to reframe the key issues, to put them on their head or change the perspective, such that we do not lose sight of where we came from or where we’re going. In this sense, Migrant Journeys—a web-documentary full of charm and nuance, insight and realism—is perfectly refreshing.
  • You Will Find Your People Here
    A pianist, sociologist and composer reflect on women migrant’s journeys through words, music and performance. We’re excited to present You Will Find Your People Here. A trans-disciplinary work transposing and transmuting migrant women’s words into music, performance and, perhaps, down the line, into change.
  • Podcasting and Stories from Katlehong Township
    Using mini-audio documentaries and podcasts produced by residents in Katlehong township, this project sought to explore the precarity and resilience … Read more