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We use theatre and other communication tools to raise awareness and understanding of complex development issues. We also provide a platform from which communities can articulate of what they already know, do and need.
Our primary purpose through this programme is to raise awareness of specific issues and empower communities facing developmental challenges, through the use of culturally appropriate methods of communication such as; song, dance and sketches that are tailored to mirror the daily realities faced by these communities.
We facilitate strategic partnerships through dialogue between communities and other conservation stakeholders
Our primary purpose through this programme is to partner with relevant stakeholders to achieve shared conservation outcomes.To this end, the different categories of partnerships that we have are as follows;
International development agencies
- IUCN, OSISA, FTT
Local conservation agencies
- WWF, RA (UK), SAWC, SANParks, National Heritage Council, PHASA,
- DRDLR, DEA, NDA
Provincial conservation agencies
- Cape Nature, KNP, Ezemvelo, MTPA, Municipalities
Traditional/ tribal Authorities
- AmaShangaan TA, Nkambeni TA,
- Buffelshoek Trust, Sabi Sand Wildtuin, IUCN membership
We provide tools and programmes to develop people to determine, plan and implement their own development agenda
Our primary purpose in this programme is to empower and mobilise communities to sustainably use and manage natural resources.
Our work serves largely to promote dialogue and to implement projects aimed at poverty alleviation and conservation. Our many years of experience has strongly highlighted the fact that community projects are only a good as their partnerships and established business linkages to support and promote their initiatives.
Our capacity building programme serves to empower people to protect their land, water, animals and plants in order to use these resources in a sustainable way to improve their lives and the lives of their children and grandchildren. We do this through the use of innovative guidelines, toolkits and facilitators manuals. These tools are designed to enable every willing member of the community to play a part in improving the quality of people’s lives economically, culturally and spiritually.
Most importantly it provides an approach towards enabling communities to participate in the management of resources in collaboration with other integral stakeholders.
The Resource Africa Capacity Building Programme provides a channel for communities to work together to protect their natural resources and at the same time bring long-lasting benefits to the community. The success of the programme can deliver many different benefits. For example, it can:
- Define people’s rights to resources
- Build small businesses
- Provide opportunities for education, training and capacity building
- Build community organisations
- Strengthen leadership and ownership of projects and programmes
- Improve community health & food supply
- Maintain and strengthen cultural and spiritual values.
- Promote Community-Based Natural Resource management
- Partnerships and collaborative ventures with relevant stakeholders
- Build and support strong, transparent governance
The People and Parks “Toolkit”
In order to strengthen local governance, local learning and capacity development is essential. Resource Africa developed the People and Parks Toolkit in 2010 in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). The toolkit is used to capacitate, promote knowledge exchange, raise awareness, clarify and introduce new concepts and strengthen organisational relationships. All toolkit training workshops are tailor made to ensure that local issues are dealt with and the training is aligned to specific community needs.
Resource Africa also provides a comprehensive Governance and Facilitators Training package towards building, informing, strengthening and correcting communities. The workshop includes multiple stakeholders designed to encourage learning across sectors
- To provide capacity development to community stakeholders and environmental practitioners
- To establish a platform for the knowledge exchange and sharing of best practices amongst stakeholders and participants
- To enforce the culture of accountability, transparency and fair beneficiation
To Improve community livelihood strategies
We facilitate community enterprise development in the economy based around conservation and the use of natural resources
Our primary purpose in this programme is to to stimulate local economic growth and job creation within the conservation and natural resources value chain..
The Enterprise Development Programme is a strategic vehicle which aims to provide recipients of its initiatives with alternative livelihood options that enable them to ease their dependence on natural resources for survival.
The Programme seeks to reduce unemployment and poverty in communities located in and around biodiversity conservation areas. These targeted areas are predominantly rural and mostly densely populated communities located outside privately owned and public protected areas. These communities are affected by high level of poverty, unemployment, lack of adequate access to basic human needs like clean water, food, firewood to mention but a few. The communities have limited formal housing developments, with majority of the population living in informal housing. There are no cities within the planning domain but a number of small towns are situated along regional and minor transport routes of these communities. The vast majority of the population are black South Africans who were forcibly removed from their land to make way for protected areas and agriculture farming by the colonial regime.
These rural areas are rich in natural resources and significant ecosystem services, eco-tourism and wildlife economy opportunities nested inside these protected areas. Currently the conservation economy is mainly dominated by established business which are largely white owned. The government has provided an enabling environment to facilitate development projects through for example, the land reform programme and other government programmes like the newly launched biodiversity economy strategy, which presents new business opportunities.
In practice the programmes identifies existing small businesses in the biodiversity economy space in order to facilitate the growth and expansion of these businesses. In addition, Resource Africa will facilitate the emergence of viable new business with the primary focus on Small Micro Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) which has demonstrated globally as key generators of jobs. There are two categories of enterprises targeted by this programme:
- Small Micro Medium Enterprises – Mainly owned by individual/s
- Communal Enterprises – Mainly owned by community groups CPAs, Trust, Cooperatives etc
RA has successfully piloted and implemented innovative and ground breaking models of enterprise development that have been adopted and supported by other agencies such as the Small Enterprise Development Agency, and private sector CSI initiatives.
We enable thought leadership and policy development in the space in which we work. We also undertake research relating to our work.
Our primary purpose here is to champion the preservation of local knowledge systems,. Resource Africa has over 20 years of institutional knowledge in the field of Community Based Natural Resource Management. Our knowledge base comes from both an academic perspective as well as through experiential ‘on the ground’ learning.
It is against these competencies that Resource Africa enables thought leadership and policy development in the space in which we work. Resource Africa’s dynamic team of CBNRM academics, facilitators and practitioners has brought new ideas and innovative research approaches into the community conservation discourse.
Further to this, we undertake research relating to our work to advance the learning space and to stimulate dialogue amongst stakeholders across all constituencies.
Some of the more recent research Resource Africa has undertaken includes:
2006: Developing Best Practices in Hunting for Southern Africa (IUCN: SASUSG)
2007: Testing the CBNRM Toolkit ‘Using Natural Resources for Community Development’ (GIZ, DEA)
2008: Coordinate the production & publication of the Hunting for Sustainability Book and the SASUSG Programme of work in Hunting (IUCN: SASUSG)
2013: A Community Perception of Rhino Poaching Survey (World Wildlife Fund – South Africa)
2013: Bushbuckridge Wildlife Economy Social Survey (DBSA Drylands Fund)
2013: Development of a Community Governance Framework (Southern African Wildlife College, University of Florida)
2014: 10 Year Review of the People and Parks Programme Glossy Publication (DEA)
2014: Community perspectives regarding Benefits derived from conservation of rhino in the Kruger National Park (Witwatersrand Graduate School of Governance, Masters Dissertation)
2014: A community perspective – research paper, Beyond Enforcement symposium which led to the Kasane Declaration
2015: World Parks Congress 10 Year Progress Report Publication – Durban to Sydney (DEA)
2015: Conservation as an economic driver, Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice)
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