A Community Asset Mapping Programme for Roots-driven Sustainable Socio-economic Change in Rural South Africa

By Melanie Nicolau and Christine Delport.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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Apartheid left a legacy of high levels of poverty and inequality in South Africa. This research aimed at the development of a tool that would be able to assist communities in reducing their own levels of poverty and inequality and thus improve their own quality of life. This research was undertaken in collaboration with the Greater Rustenburg Community Foundation (GRCF) and a variety of rural communities in South Africa. The tool is called “Community Asset Mapping Programme (CAMP)” and its purpose is the achievement of sustainable and responsible high impact social change within communities. CAMP enables community members to map assets and empowers them to use assets sustainably to create a better life for themselves. Unlike similar tools, CAMP advocates that the success of root-driven change depends on the inclusion of processes that will provide a variety of cognitive changes to ensure sustainable change in communities. In addition the tool incorporates the role of external partners who would be willing to stand aside and allow communities to establish their own priorities to improve their quality of lives, but would still be willing to provide funding; mentorship; skills; and a continuous monitoring process over the medium to long term.

Keywords: Roots-driven Sustainable Change, Community Asset Mapping Programme

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 8, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 662.896KB)).

Dr Melanie Nicolau

Chair of the Department of Geography, Department of Geography, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of South Africa, Science Campus, Florida, Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa

Christine Delport

CEO, Founder of Greater Rustenburg Community Foundation, Greater Rustenburg Community Foundation, Rustenburg, North West Province, South Africa