WE IMPLEMENT A COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MODEL TO BRING RESTORATION, RESILIENCE AND GROWTH TO TOWNS AND NEIGHBOURHOODS.
Ranyaka develops and implements transformation strategies for towns and neighbourhoods across South Africa. Our approach is place-based, collaborative and geared towards restoring the eco-system within which socio-economic challenges affect community well-being. Working hand-in-hand with local residents, municipalities, businesses, stakeholders across multiple sectors, visionary investors and all levels of government, we pursue four overall objectives. These objectives provide the foundation for the over-arching strategy, as well as the programmes we develop and implement for every area.
WE BELIEVE THAT THRIVING COMMUNITIES LOOK LIKE THIS.
HEALTHY, EDUCATED AND ACTIVE
PRODUCTIVE AND EMPLOYED
SAFE, CLEAN AND ATTRACTIVE
THE RANYAKA FRAMEWORK
OUR MODEL CURRENTLY DRIVES TRANSFORMATION PROGRAMMES ACROSS SOUTH AFRICA. EXAMPLES INCLUDE OUR FLAGSHIP INITIATIVE, THE NEDBANK NATIONAL PROUD OF MY TOWN PROGRAMME. PAARL-BASED IMPACT FUNDING PLATFORM, VALCARE, ALSO MAKES USE OF THE RANYAKA MODEL IN THEIR STRATEGIC INTERVENTIONS PROGRAMME.
WHY THE NEED
Why does the great work done by good people so often unravel or fail to achieve maximum impact?
There are no simple answers. The community development landscape is complex by nature. Ranyaka’s Collaborative Community Development Model was developed in response to some of the challenges that, in our view, lie at the root of the problem.
A fragmented project and investment approach to socio-economic issues
The absence of a common agenda for a specific neighbourhood
Limited local ownership of interventions
Lack of cross-sectoral collaboration
Lack of social cohesion within communities
The need for funders to increasingly support a systemic approach to achieve sustainable change
The Ranyaka process is both holistic and hands-on. It is also fully inclusive, engaging communities every step of the way. To ensure lasting impact, we constantly align on-the-ground projects with the overall development strategy for an area. We also understand the need for interventions to be aligned with government legislation, regulatory requirements and development policies.
The implementation of our Collaborative Community Development Framework looks like this:
Ranyaka works with local stakeholders across multiple sectors to get the picture through data collection and analysis, dialogue and workshops to identify role players, challenges, resources and opportunities in an area. We measure the ‘well-being’ of the community through a set of indicators, asset-mapping and geo-referencing of issues. This provides the first baseline that is measured on an ongoing basis throughout implementation.
We utilise the community profiling information to co-design a sustainable neighbourhood plan based on sound spatial planning principles, followed by a development strategy designed to address the area’s challenges, unlock opportunities, activate local resources and facilitate smart investment. Local stakeholders are key players in this process.
IMPLEMENT PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS
Working with local partners, we implement programmes and projects that address priority needs, consider available resources and align with the broader development strategy. Network building, forging of strong partnerships and community activation is ongoing. Funders and donors are connected to smart investment opportunities. We utilise custom-designed tools and operating protocols.
We drive ongoing process management of the broader strategy, programmes, projects, stakeholder networks and local co-ordination teams. Regular stakeholder engagement enables us to continually strengthen relationships, anticipate potential risks and identify new opportunities for growth and development. We typically work in a community for a minimum period of three years.
Measurement and evaluation is ongoing and includes regular stakeholder feedback, collecting data for heat maps, measuring Social Return on Investment and creating a platform for the sharing of impact stories. We continuously monitor whether interventions have shifted the initial baseline indicators in the desired direction. The over-arching plan is constantly revised based on measurement outcomes.
UNLOCK INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES
We work to unlock smart investment opportunities for funders and donors who pursue sustainable, measurable change. Ranyaka’s approach to community development allows for the multiplier effect to come into play as the initial investment achieves more than the funding of a single intervention, but rather unlocks doors for sustainable transformation.
The golden thread throughout this process is the building of strong partnerships with stakeholders across multiple sectors. These include residents, community forums, faith-based organisations, schools and training institutions, NGOs, NPOs, businesses, ward councillors, municipality and other levels of government, potential investors and community champions. Partnerships promote cohesion and unlock synergy.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
We conduct ongoing research on international best practice relating to the four main outcomes of the Ranyaka model to continually refine and improve the model; and inform the development of our tools and products.
THE HEROES ARE ALREADY THERE.
WE ACTIVATE COMMUNITIES TO SELF-ORGANISE AROUND A COMMON AGENDA. TO ACHIEVE THIS, WE IDENTIFY AND CAPACITATE LOCAL CHANGE AGENTS IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF THEIR OWN NEIGHBOURHOODS.
Mobilise relevant stakeholders • Identify crime hot spots • Public project noticeboards • Develop response and data management plan • Control room activation • Safety light and alarm installation
FIX YOUR SPACE
Create spaces that promote health, happiness and well-being • Implement place-making methodology to give a sense of place, celebrate local culture and create recognisable beacons • Improve the aesthetics of an area • Reduce crime by building community pride, cohesion, ownership • Implement quick and affordable projects • Create opportunities for investment or contributions from local businesses
LAND AND PROPERTY
Identify residential and commercial development opportunities • Develop under-utilised open land • Investigate micro-solutions for informal settlement areas • Support and promote land development for small-scale farming or agripreneurship • Address food security through urban farming • Repurpose vacant buildings for commercial activities or community hubs
Identify community entrepreneurs and enterprises • Enterprise development and entrepreneurial support • Create access to market opportunities • Establish business forums • Training and mentorship • Access to financing • Starter packs for emerging businesses
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT (ECD)
Assist ECD centres with registration • Crèche safety • Food security • Staff training • Volunteering opportunities • Facilitate capacity-building • Mapping sessions to identify role players, highlight duplication and fill gaps
COLLABORATION IN ACTION
Innovation and technology partnerships with academic institutions • Establishment of forums and networks for NGO collaboration • Faith-based organisation forums • Business forums
Infrastructure and maintenance • Curriculum support • Parent involvement • School safety • Food security • Access to mentorship • Sport and recreation • Development of teachers • Sourcing of donors and funding
SPORT, ART AND CULTURE
Establish sport clubs and informal leagues • Support campaigns and events • Train coaches • Funding for equipment • Repurpose vacant spaces for recreational and sporting activities • Introduce sport and recreation programmes
Youth development • Life skills training • Financial training • Showcase career and training opportunities • Physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health • Support people with disabilities • Access to mentorship
TELL YOUR STORY
Opportunities for community storytelling • Story boxes at community centres • Celebrate good news • Identify possible publishing opportunities • Identify emerging talent and slot in with mentorship and training opportunities • Photography and filmmaking • Therapeutic storytelling through journaling, poetry and music
WHERE YOU FIT IN
GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY BODIES
We facilitate collaboration amongst all levels of government, schools, NPOs, NGOs, faith-based institutions, community forums, clubs and more. We do not reinvent the wheel. You already hold practical solutions in your hands.
TOWNS AND NEIGHBOURHOODS
We work with communities to understand their challenges, resources, strengths and opportunities. Together, we find common purpose, develop plans, implement programmes and activate change agents within communities to serve as key drivers in their own transformation.
INVESTORS, DONORS AND VOLUNTEERS
Our approach to development means that any form of giving achieves more than that of a once-off donation or isolated intervention. Your funding, time, energy or giving in kind activates citizen-led development. This kickstarts the multiplier effect – and that’s smart investment.
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