Twenty years after democracy we still struggle to meaningfully engage people in the development of their neighbourhoods. We work towards local democracy and people-centered developed.

The stages we follow

We work closely with interested and affected communities when applying the Protocol. This process involves community-based planning and we attempt wherever feasible to support organisational development in this process. The Protocol roll out happens in four stages.

1. Community profiling

 We support communities to understand context and assess the needs, wants, vision, priorities and local development issues of a specific community and municipality. This process takes a holistic view of community development and works towards four overarching outcomes

 Activities include:

  • Profiling workshop

  • Data gathering and analysis

  • Apply the Ranyaka Protocol as a measurement framework

  • Generate a heat map of issues

  • Conduct a rapid planning overview

  • Vision casting and collective strategy development

  • Feedback session on community priorities


We build the ‘pipeline’. Following the compilation of a community profile, we link up existing municipal plans, forums, networks and budgets. This approach to collective impact creates an integrated ‘pipeline’ of projects which could be funded through private, public, NGO and community resources.

 Activities include:

  • Stakeholder mapping and enter into local partnership agreements

  • Project planning and preliminary feasibility assessment

  • Building a ‘pipeline’ of projects which could be collectively funded

3. implementation

We work with our local partners and funders to find local solutions to local problems. We work closely with local governments to influence the way capital and operational budgets are developed by participation in Integrated Development Plan forums (one of most important statutory plans of a local government). But we start small, with what we’ve got, and build momentum towards community transformation.

 Activities include:

  • Finalise and confirm projects identified via in the community profile

  • Compile programme portfolio with project budgets and time frames

  • Obtain funding and work with service providers to implement projects

  • Hold launch events announcing and concluding project implementation

  • Hand-over projects to local partners for ongoing upkeep and improvement

4. monitoring & evaluation

The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework guiding our work is the Ranyaka Protocol. This tool measures four overarching outcomes and more than 40 well-being indicators. The M&E component of our work relates to the integrity of reporting back to our funders and local partners.

 Activities include:

  • Analise data for reporting on M&E targets

  • Use data to report on project progress, financial expenditure and community impact

  • Compile relevant reports for the board, funders, local partners and community

  • Use relevant channels to distribute reports and manage feedback