We accompany organisations, as learning facilitators through processes of:
Social Change Practice Seminars Programme
This programme provides a platform for NGOs and social movements to showcase their practice. Each seminar focuses on a different organisation doing leading work in a particular sector of society. Annually, the seminars are captured in a compilation. The seminar series and publication contribute to advancing a developmental agenda and create synergies between CSO organisations and between CSOs and the public sector.
Theories of Change Learning Circles
The concept of Theories of Change has gained increased significance in recent times. But mainstream notions of Theories of Change do not depart significantly from conventional programme logic, still elevating strategy, planning, monitoring and evaluation above the holding of a developmental practice.
In this programme CDRA brings together groups of practitioners to regularly explore richer and more useful approaches to Theories of Change, seen as part of a “practice”, to meet the complex realities of change. These learning circles enable conscious practitioners, with their practice, to work more thoughtfully from their own Theories of Change, to better understand, navigate, and communicate the complexities of their work.
Woodstock Community Development Action Research Programme
The CDRA Centre is located in the heart of the working class inner-city community of Woodstock, Cape Town. Like many other communities, it is beset by the social ills of an unequal society yet brimming with opportunities to thrive and contribute to the life and diversity of the city. Our programme there supports the development of local organisations and cooperation, empowering an intergenerational mix of community leaders and youth activists with the capacities to enable sustained engagement and meaningful participation, seeking creative engagement between communities and local authorities.
Writeshops - sharing and enriching practice
Writing can help practitioners to make their practice more visible and conscious, through developing case studies and articulating their own theories of change, enabling deepening and development. But practitioners struggle to write with confidence or to do justice to their rich experience. Together with other Barefoot Guide practitioners we have developed a creative and enjoyable writeshop facilitation practice that enables practitioners to become writers. Useful for organisations, alliances or communities of practice to both share, learn and develop new practices and to publish for wider sharing.
The Barefoot Guide Connection
The CDRA pioneered and now co-leads the BFG Connection (with 8 other organisations on 4 continents) as it expands globally, bringing experienced practitioners together to share, develop and publish their various social change practices. Four Barefoot Guides in 9 languages have been developed, including a host of accompanying resources, all freely available on the website: