Announcing the publication of
The Barefoot Guide 4 has been completed and was launched on the 26 March at the World Social Forum in Tunis.
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This is a book about real social change practices from many countries in the world. It contains a variety of stories, analyses, and ideas, plus poems and illustrations,
For activists, civil society leaders, practitioners and students, this is not a book of easy answers, but one of experiences, learnings and questions, all asking “What is the real work of social change?”
Inside there are stories of change, of determined and courageous people taking creative initiatives, presented here not as “best practice models”, but as something to be learned from, to deepen our questions, to be more thoughtful in our practice.
The Barefoot Guide 4 was individually and collectively written by almost 40 social change activists, leaders and practitioners from 19 countries and represents a fascinating diversity of experiences and insights.
It is a small feast of experiences and ideas, serious and playful, obvious and mysterious, illustrated by four artists, to help illuminate and provide creative bridges into the text.
Our own small contribution. You are invited to sample whatever catches your eye, whatever speaks to your circumstances and need. We hope that it will provide ideas and inspiration to many people working to bring about social change.
From the Fourth Barefoot Guide Writers Collective
CDRA Courses for 2015
We are pleased to announce 9 courses for 2015, some we have run before and some new courses. We have also decided to run some in Johannesburg and Durban to make them more accessible to those who cannot make the journey to Cape Town. The courses are also available as in-house processes.
Please contact us by email info@cdra,org,za for enquiries.
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A new article:
Striving for wholeness
an account of the development of a sovereign approach to evaluation
by Sue Soal, March 2012
This case study offers an approach to evaluation that serves to support and strengthen social change organisations and initiatives. It is also a case study and account of the development of a practice, and a practitioner, showing the path this approach took in its development through experience. And then that path is illustrated by several smaller case-stories that give insight into particular emphases and practices supported by the approach. In so doing it attempts to offer both theoretical and practical insight into what practicing evaluation out of a ‘sovereign’ approach might involve.
Download CDRA's Annual Report
The Annual Report, for 2013/2014, gives an account of our strategic alliances, donor partners and programme collaborators, of the actions we implemented,
achievements, lessons learned and challenges we continue to face.
The District 6 Community Development Initiative
This new programme seeks to mobilise the uniquely diverse and culturally rich working class community of the District 6 enclave, in the Cape Town inner-city below the highway, that escaped the Group Areas Act removals in the 1970s. Gentrification of the area is threatening a new kind of removal through economic means. Working with local government and business they will renew and revitalise their community life and explore and expand their livelihood and economic possibilities. The programme will develop a multi-stakeholder approach, held within a strong participatory action research process, to surface and strengthen the resourcefulness of the community and support the imagining and implementation of a different future.