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  1. 1. Sustainable Community Development in the North West Province of South Africa<br />Hendri Coetzee<br />3rdAnnual LLiSA Workshop<br /> Rhodes University, Grahamstown<br />20 – 21 June 2011<br />
  2. 2. “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end”<br />Our journey as a Living Labs in the North West Province of South Africa…<br />
  3. 3. Our thoughts on community development<br />Sustainable efforts driven by the communitywhereby local needs are addressed and local assets (strengths and resources) enhanced to achieve personal, relational and collective well-being<br />Through community engagement - residents must be facilitated and mobilised to identify possibilities for economic growth and develop strategies for capacity building<br />Interventions = growth on multiple levels<br />Science and Technology provides the tools<br />
  4. 4. Planning and packing for the journey…<br /><ul><li>Where?
  5. 5. What?
  6. 6. How?
  7. 7. When?
  8. 8. Who?
  9. 9. Which?
  10. 10. Why?</li></li></ul><li>Where?<br />116,320 km²<br />3 271 948 people <br />+- 500 communities<br />
  11. 11. Determining the What<br /><ul><li> Needs assessment (baseline) studies in 50 communities in the NWP (10%)</li></ul>PHASE 2: <br />QUANTITATIVE INVESTIGATION<br />PHASE 1: <br />QUALITATIVE INVESTIGATION<br /><ul><li>Interviews: n = 164
  12. 12. Needs inventory
  13. 13. Strengths/ assets and</li></ul> resources<br /><ul><li>Community survey: n = 2000
  14. 14. Quantification and verification of needs</li></ul>Exploratory mixed-methods design (Creswell & Plano Clark, 2007)<br />
  15. 15. Needs & Assets in the NWP<br />What?<br />Agricultural <br />Development<br />Community Activities<br />Economic Development<br />Education<br />Environmental Conservation<br />Welfare<br />Health<br />Leadership<br />Safety & Security<br />Skills Training<br />Service Delivery<br />Infrastructure<br />
  16. 16. Collective, relational and personal well-being<br />How?<br />Research<br />Comm. Wellness Needs <br />(N)<br />Comm. Wellness Ideals<br />(I)<br />-<br />=<br />=<br />Action to address needs & promote wellness<br />(A)<br />Comm. Wellness Strengths <br />(S)<br />+<br />CDF: co-creation <br />Totikidis & Prilleltensky, 2006<br />
  17. 17. WHY?<br />Reflection!<br />“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” <br />-Don Williams Jr-<br />
  18. 18. Are we on the right track?<br />Rest Stops & Look Out Points<br />“A journey is like marriage.The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it”<br />-John Steinbeck-<br />
  19. 19. Relevance to South-African Context <br /><ul><li>SA government proposed a vision for an integrated</li></ul>sustainable rural development strategy (ISRDS) for SA:<br /> “ To attain socially cohesive and stable communities with viable institutions, sustainable economies and universal access to social amenities, able to attract skilled and knowledgeable people, equipped to contribute to their own and the nation’s growth and development” <br /><ul><li>Our efforts are linked to the Millennium Development Goals
  20. 20. Based on actual needs in our province = user driven</li></li></ul><li>Who?<br /><ul><li>Our team</li></ul>Can not do it alone!<br /><ul><li>Engage multiple stakeholders
  21. 21. Empower others = development of toolkit</li></li></ul><li>COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TOOLKIT<br />Community Development Toolkit<br />A wellness-based community development program aimed at facilitating the skills and knowledge communities need to plan and implement community development projects<br />It includes: <br /><ul><li> Approach
  22. 22. Ethical community engagement
  23. 23. Research component
  24. 24. Program for the CDF
  25. 25. Evaluation component
  26. 26. Info on priority platforms
  27. 27. Skills programs – interpersonal and </li></ul> business related<br />Essential process and tools for the planning and implementing of sustainable community interventions in South African<br />
  28. 28. How to use the toolkit<br />
  29. 29. When?<br />1st Community Development Forum: 24 June 2011<br />Kopela<br />Set up more CDFs in the next 3-5 years<br />Continue baseline studies and setting up CDFs in the rest of the NWP in the next 5-10 years <br />SA… <br />
  30. 30. Which?<br />Feasibility vs. Sustainability = Self-sustaining <br />Funding, contracts – help other LL’s in SA with research and the planning of their interventions<br />Access to information about cutting-edge technology<br />LLiSA <br />Voice/platform for communities in the NWP<br />Liaison between communities and other stakeholders<br />
  31. 31. “For the coordination and management of all your research needs”<br />Address: 24 Totius Street, Potchefstroom<br />Tel: (018) 293 0301<br /> Email: hendri@researchlogistics.co.za<br />WEB: www.researchlogistics.co.za<br />