How does change take place? We believe that positive change is only sustainable if government, residents, business, NGOs, researchers and other relevant stakeholders work together to achieve mutual objectives. The goal is collective impact.
Ranyaka works with a host of local partners, fulfilling the role of a ‘backbone organisation’ and, in many cases, ensuring that interventions are coordinated. The objective is for schools, businesses, faith-based organisations, 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. We believe that this can only be realised when the following conditions are created within a neighbourhood, town or city.
A COMMON AGENDA. Stakeholders agree to a shared vision for development that is founded on a shared understanding of problem areas and opportunities; as well as the best joint-up approach to finding solutions through an action plan.
SHARED INDICATORS. The Ranyaka Protocol enables us to play a key role in measuring change over time. Stakeholders agree upon which indicators (e.g. youth development or community safety) should be prioritised. The sharing of results is critical to ensure that interventions continue to align with the overall development vision for the community.
JOINT-UP ACTIVITIES. Ranyaka identifies stakeholders, local partners and so-called ‘local heroes’ who exert a positive influence (or hold the potential to do so) on the specific area through their programmes, networks and projects. By facilitating network-building and collaboration, we work to ensure that solutions proposed by the overarching plan are coordinated, integrated and, as a result, more sustainable.
ONGOING COMMUNICATION. We are constantly identifying solutions that will improve communication between interested and affected parties. This requires a commitment to open and honest communication amongst 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 are not meant to be around forever, but in the interim, they play a key role in growing engagement, preparing action plans and managing their execution, as well as measuring and communicating progress on an ongoing basis. The objective is to mobilise and capacitate community members and other local stakeholders to self-organise and drive their own development.