Community Development Workshop for NGOs

Sustainable Development Network

The Sustainable Development Network (SDN) provides a space for NGOs, government, and professionals to network and access information and research in sustainable development, health, welfare and in the education and training sectors.

Date: 27 July 2017

Venue: Gauteng, Sandton

Cost: R1 025

Workshop Objectives

  • To gain a broad understanding of the Asset-Based Citizen-led Development (ABCD) approach 
  • To learn how to use the basic ABCD tools for mapping assets in communities
  • To learn from successful case studies
  • To network and share lessons with other organisations

Targeted Participants

Executive directors, fundraisers, community development practitioners, community social workers, programme and project managers, board members, decision making staff and support staff who would like to get involved in ABCD.


To register please email the completed registration form (attached) to Henriette at 083 709 6162; 083 709 6162. Course fee of R1,025 must be deposited or transferred by EFT to: Sustainable Development Network: Standard Bank Account Number: 270246622 Branch Code: 050610. Please use participant’s name as a reference. Cancellation fees apply. 

Workshop Materials

All presentations will be provided to each participant on a CD. Additional worksheets and hand-outs will also be provided. 

Workshop Costs

R1,025 per person covers venue, catering and presenters. Costs do not cover travel or accommodation.

Workshop Testimonials

"Thank you for the workshop. I gathered much useful information on community network mapping, community power dynamics and more. I also benefitted hugely from the information and models of ABCD."

Suzan Jasmin

"When I left the workshop, I had a refreshed understanding of the importance of drawing in individuals who want to make a difference and who can prioritise what is important. These people can help us to accelerate our projects. The successes will then draw more people in. I was also reminded that I am on the right track - thank you for the helpful workshop."

Ann Heyns, Stellenbosch 360


08h30-09h00 Registration
09h00-09h30 Welcome/group activity Lisa Thompson Smeddle: SDN

09h30-11h00 Introduction to the ABCD approach. Anne Timms: Impactor; Janine Ward: Impactor

11h00-11h15 Refreshment Break

11h15-13h00 ABCD case studies. Anne Timms: Impactor; Janine Ward: Impactor

13h00-14h00 Lunch

13h30-15h00 ABCD mapping tools. Anne Timms: Impactor; Janine Ward: Impactor

15h00-15h15 Refreshment Break

15h15-16h15 Leadership and ABCD. Anne Timms: Impactor; Janine Ward: Impactor

16h15-16h30 Summary and closure. Lisa Thompson Smeddle: SDN

Biographies of Speakers

Janine Ward qualified as a Social Worker and has worked for 31 years in the fields of asset-based participatory community development, capacity building, small business development and income generation, HIV & AIDS education, project management and fundraising. Her ‘hands-on’ experience is derived largely from working for 12 years in rural Swaziland, establishing an NGO and developing sustainable community capacity-building programmes. She is also a registered Trainer in Asset-based Citizen-led Development (ABCD), the Micro MBA, CABSA’s Channels of Hope HIV Facilitation and the Poverty Stoplight. 

Anne Timms has 30 years’ experience in Community Development, Job Creation, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Business Management, Financial Planning, Administration, Human Resources, Marketing, Operational Planning, Skills Development, Facilitation, Mentoring and Coaching.

Lisa Thompson-Smeddle is the Founder/Director of the Sustainable Development Network. She has a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development from Stellenbosch University, and honours degrees in social sciences and sustainable development. She has 28 years’ experience in the NGO sector in South Africa. She has managed a variety of programmes for the UNDP; DANIDA; Cordaid; the Sustainability Institute; Stellenbosch University; the SA National Department of Human Settlements, SA provincial and local government authorities, the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the University of California Berkeley and more. She has recently been on contract as a sustainability advisor to Family Health International, an Umbrella Grants Mechanism managing a $93 million USAID PEPFAR grant.

Event Start Date: 
Thursday, 27 July, 2017
Event End Date: 
Thursday, 27 July, 2017
Event Venue: 
Sandton, Gauteng
Event Type: 

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