Tuesday, August 09, 2022

" Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction. "

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Eastern Cape NGO Coalition

ECNGOC MembersThe Eastern Cape NGO Coalition (ECNGOC) is a collective of non-governmental, community-based and faith-based organisations operating in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.

ECNGOC’s members share common values, based on a collective desire to combat poverty and inequality.

ECNGOC members are encouraged to use a proactive and appreciative approach to development, rooted in Asset-Based Community Development methodologies. The ECNGOC supports advocacy, leadership development, and learning, helping mobilise Civil Society to lead socio-economic transformation within their communities.


Recognising the Tools for Change

Villagers from Hlomendlini Village in Alfred NzoVillagers from Hlomendlini Village in Alfred NzoVillagers from Hlomendlini Village in Alfred Nzo identify skills and resources in their village that they can put to use for community development. They are involved in a CIDA-funded ECNGOC project, facilitated by Matatiele NGO Matat-EDA. The project is one of several ECNGOC projects that uses Asset-based Community Development methodology to improve the lives of communities in the Eastern Cape.

The Eastern Cape NGO Coalition promotes the approach of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD). What do we mean by an ‘asset’? Well, think of all the skills a community has – builders, gardeners, teachers, leaders – as well as resources such as land and buildings, or equipment like shovels, bikes and cars. ABCD is about identifying the collective assets in a community or project, then putting them to good use. It is the opposite to what is sometimes called a ‘needs-based approach’, where people start from the premise of what’s missing, then look for external assistance in order to achieve their development goals.

Read more: Recognising the Tools for Change


Prompting Action Locally

Amathole DistrictTake a look at ECNGOC’s DVD on their Civil Society Support Campaign for Local Governance. CSSP groups from Cacadu and Amathole districts have been advocating for improved health, water and sanitation issues… DVD upload in progress.

Investigating Members’ Resources

ECNGOC has initiated its own asset survey amongst its membership. It is important to know what expertise, skills and resources exist so that ECNGOC can maximise the use of the collective assets. If you are an ECNGOC member, find out about the ECNGOC Member Asset Questionnaire.

“Walking together to influence change” was the theme of ECNGOC’s Biennial General Meeting held last October. However, “walking together” requires that ECNGOC knows all about those they are walking with. Documenting assets or asset-mapping will allow the ECNGOC to walk together more strongly because the ECNGOC will better understand what the organisation’s collective contribution adds up to and what it can influence.

Read more: Investigating Members’ Resources


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