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Deepening Democracy




Khanya-aicdd has recently completed a wall-to-wall (all municipalities and districts) ward planning programme in KwaZulu-Natal. Commissioned by the KwaZulu Natal Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (KZN COGTA), the programme aimed to develop the capacity of government officials to implement participatory community-owned ward planning using Community-Based Planning (CBP) and to produce community-owned ward plans. 

To date, the programme has resulted in:

  • Training of over 200 Municipal and Provincial Staff in Community-Based Planning
  • The production of 200 ward plans across KwaZulu Natal
  • Involvement of 61 Municipalities (including eThekwini Metro)
  • Capacity development of 400 Ward committee members to implement community-based planning
  • Certification (through University of Free State) of provincial and municipal officials in Community-Based Planning

Building Sustainable Communities & Economies


Khanya-aicdd has a long track record of innovating ways of working that support governmental efforts to achieve community empowerment. Its work has been the foundation of community development policy in South Africa and Botswana. The statutory Community-based Planning (CBP) methodology is Khanya-aicdd’s creation and its adaptation of Sustainable Livelihoods approach is now the community development framework in Botswana.  Over the past 2 years Khanya has trained over 1000 community development workers in these approaches and techniques, developing in the process, 100s of participatory community development plans. 

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Transforming Projects

  • Millions are being spent by government, NGOs and corporates in community projects. These projects are usually, characterised by

    • low levels of engagement and design input by local people
    • one size fits all programming (esp with national programmes of Government)
    • injections of external resources
    • little acknowledgement and understanding of local assets and capabilities
    • poor linkages with local economies
  • Khanya-aicdd is engaged with many partnerships (with government and others) to examine how projects can better be designed to empower local people to take on their own economic development through strategic and well thought-out investment by others. In some cases this is being conceived of as exit strategies for existing programmes (e.g Community/Public Works Programmes) and in others as empowering and informed livelihoods planning processes for new engagements (e.g. Waste Recovery Facility being constructed by Umgungundlovu District Municipality).

Measuring Impact

  • Too little investment is being made in understanding the real and lasting impacts of development interventions on peoples' lives. Despite siginficant investments, the material conditions of people seem to be worsening. 
  • Khanya-aicdd has been involved in innovating ways to help local people define and assess the changes in their lives, using their own criteria andindicators.

  • In partnership with the National Department of Social Development - South Africa, Khanya-aicdd has developed a Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) Tool to support the effective monitoring and evaluation of  Programmes nationally. This tool comes at the end of 5 year partnership (since 2007) with the National Department of Social Development on mainstreaming Sustainable Livelihoods within the Department. 

  • For Khanya-aicdd participatory monitoring and evaluation is not only about the use of participatory techniques for information gathering within a traditional M&E set-up. Instead, PM&E requires a more radical approach to M&E – by identifying who owns the process, who undertakes the process, who learns from the process, and most importantly, who benefits from the process.

Contact Us


1st Floor, Maths Centre, 28 Juta Street
Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Postnet Suite# 325
Private Bag X30500
Houghton, 2041, South Africa 

Tel: +27 11 403 9844 

Fax: +27 11 339 6361 

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