How does change happen? We are convinced that change is sustainable if government, residents, business, researchers and other relevant stakeholders work together to achieve mutual objectives. This approach has also been described as ‘collective impact’.
Ranyaka works with its local partners and plays the role of a ‘backbone organisation’ in many cases ensuring that various activities are coordinated. The goal is for schools, businesses, churches, NGOs, sports clubs, youth clubs and other social and economic institutions to function optimally so that poverty, crime and other social ills can be addressed in a holistic manner by the very people who face these issues daily.
MORE ABOUT COLLECTIVE IMPACT
Collective Impact is a new standard and is gaining traction. The Collective Impact Forum has developed some of the best practices on this approach to development, which we believe can only be realised when the following conditions are created within a neighbourhood, town or city.
A COMMON AGENDA. Stakeholders agree to shared vision for development which is founded on an understanding of problems and opportunities and what the best joint-up approach to finding solutions through an action plan.
SHARED INDICATORS. With its Protocol, Ranyaka plays a key role of measuring change over time. Stakeholders agree to indicators and sharing of results remain aligned to the vision for development.
JOINT-UP ACTIVITIES. Ranyaka identifies stakeholders and local partners who are influential through their various programmes. We then make the links to ensure coordinated and integrated solutions are achieved through the plan of action.
ONGOING COMMUNICATION. We are identifying solutions to improve communication between interested and affected parties. This requires a commitment to open and honest communication among stakeholders to build trust, inform learning, and adjust our action plans.
BACKBONE ORGANISATION SUPPORT. Ranyaka creates institutional capacity to drive forward development. Magaliesburg is a prime example. Backbone organisations might not be around forever, but in the interim we play the role of engagement, action plan preparation and execution, and regular measurement and communication.