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

 Activities include:

  • Profiling workshop

  • 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


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 entering 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. 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.

 Activities include:

  • 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.

 Activities include:

  • 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