Citizen-led Development Workshop

GIBS Network for Social Entrepreneurs
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Citizen Led Development:
How to drive change from the ground up

Along the spectrum from stokvel societies to service delivery protests, there is visible energy for change at the local level in South Africa.  The challenge arises in harnessing that energy into productive, positive action.

Shifting economic priorities and roles of state have provoked a citizen-led force for social and economic justice that is evident in new, innovative models of local organisation.  On May 17th, the Network for Social Entrepreneurs at GIBS will be exploring how those working in the social space can tap into the energy of communities, exploring three models that have worked:

  • Asset Based Community Driven Development:   While the 'needs' based approach tends to prescribe 'solutions' by creating agencies that deliver services to clients, an asset-based approach focuses on empowering citizens to identify their strengths and define new solutions.
  • Community Foundations: This model of philanthropy, incorporating both citizen and donor giving, has seen widespread success globally.  Core to the concept is the potential of citizens in even the poorest communities to control, invest, and build local assets.
  • Empowerment through Engagement: This method, developed and implemented globally by Shack/Slum Dwellers International, turns the urban poor into active partners in co-creating sustainable social solutions, working their way from grassroots initiatives to government engagement.

Date: 17 May 2012
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Location: GIBS Campus, 26 Melville Rd, Illovo, Sandton
Course fee: R750 (including lunch and workshop materials)
RSVP: Futhi Mbongwe at | 011 771 4348 by 7 May 2012

About  the presenters:
Jenny Hodgson:
Jenny is the Executive Director of the Global Fund for Community Foundations. She has worked in the field of local philanthropy development in the former Soviet Union, sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia for the last ten years. From 1998 to 2000 she was Co-Director of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) representative office in Moscow. While based in Nairobi, Kenya, she worked as a consultant to CAF, the Ford Foundation office for Eastern Africa and Allavida. From 2004 to 2006, she worked as a consultant to the Ford Foundation’s International Initiative to Strengthen Philanthropy (IISP), the European Foundation Centre, the Singapore National Centre for Volunteering and Philanthropy, the Barrow Cadbury Trust and WINGS.

Nomvula Dlamini: Nomvula is the Executive Director of the Community Development Resource Association (CDRA), a civil society organisation that operates as a centre for organisational innovation and development practice. She has been working as an organisation development practitioner with the CDRA for 16 years providing organisational development support to civil society organisations concerned with social change and development, poverty, inequality and grant-making practice. Nomvula has experience in facilitating organisational transformation/change and learning processes, conducting developmental evaluations and designing/implementing action research processes in search of innovative organisational practices.

Sebastian Mathews: Sebastian is an experienced consultant at the Navigant Group advising public and private sector clients, as well as an associate of the Coady International Institute at St Francis Xavier University, Canada, an academic research leader in community driven development. Previously as program director for economic development at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research he designed and led global programs to share best practices in support of the UN Millennium Development Goals. In the area of community development, Sebastian sits on various non-profit boards and facilitates training on asset based and community driven (ABCD) development with a focus on innovative community economic models.

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