Twenty years after the dawn of democracy in South Africa, we still have a long way to go to ensure that people are engaged in the development of their neighbourhoods in a truly meaningful way. Ranyaka works towards local democracy and people-centered development.
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 their needs, wants, vision, priorities and local development issues. This process takes a holistic view of community development and works towards four overarching outcomes.
Data gathering and analysis
Applying the Ranyaka Protocol as a measurement framework
Generating a heat map of issues
Conducting a rapid planning overview
Vision casting and collective strategy development
Feedback session on community priorities
2. INTEGRATED INVESTMENT PLANNING
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.
Stakeholder mapping and entering into local partnership agreements
Project planning and preliminary feasibility assessment
Building a ‘pipeline’ of projects which could be collectively funded
We work with our local partners and funders to find local solutions to local problems. By working closely with local government and participating in Integrated Development Plan (IDP) forums, we have the opportunity to influence the way in which capital and operational budgets are drawn up. The IDP is one of most important statutory plans of a local government. However, we start small with what we’ve got and from that point on, we build momentum towards community transformation.
Finalising and confirming projects identified in the community profile
Compiling a programme portfolio with project budgets and time frames
Obtaining funding and working with service providers to implement projects
Holding events to announce and conclude project implementation
Handing 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.
Analysing data for reporting on M&E targets
Using data to report on project progress, financial expenditure and community impact
Compiling relevant reports for the board, funders, local partners and community
Using relevant channels to distribute reports and manage feedback