CDRA Lets Go!
Yes, dearest friends, fellow travellers, co-sojourners, practitioners, after 33 years we have decided to let go!
Since 2012, our director Nomvula Dlamini, with a small group of associates, have been holding the core of an increasingly dispersed CDRA while looking for an organizational form appropriate for the times. Since reluctantly accepting Nomvula’s resignation at the end of last year, the Board, in consultation with the remaining practitioners, has reflected on its role in holding up the CDRA’s concerted attempts to find a new form. While there is still important work being done by those who have been holding the core, it is clear that the work inspired and supported by the CDRA increasingly lies widely spread and held in the web of relationships spun out of the organization over the past thirty years.
Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning courses
"Learning & Staying Alive To Change"
This course is about demystifying PMEL as a technical exercise - done to satisfy donor needs – so that it can be better understood, appreciated and used. We promote learning orientated M&E because we believe that if M&E contributes to organisational learning and adaptation you will produce better and more sustainable impact. By attending this course, you will gain greater clarity on what learning- oriented PMEL may look like for your organisation and how this could be implemented.
Cape Town, South Africa 14-18 Oct
For more information and to register, have a look at under the "courses" tab of our website.
The Truth of the Work:
Theories of Change in a Changing World
by Doug Reeler and Rubert Van Blerk,
the Community Development Resource Association
Following a series of learning sessions with practitioners from various organisations in Cape Town we wrote this reflection on the use and practice of "Theory of Change" being demanded by donors, and the problems and possibilities practitioners are experiencing.
The writing touches on:
Download the article
CDRA's latest Annual Report
Our Annual Reports give an account of our strategic alliances, partners and programme collaborators, of the assignments we implemented, achievements, lessons learned and challenges we continue to face.
Annual Report 2017-2018
Annual Report 2013-2014
Annual Report 2014-2015
Annual Report 2015-2016
A FINAL PUBLICATION :
A gathering of community; a process of reflection; a publication on practice.
In the coming year, and as its last public organisational activity, CDRA will host a process that supports reflection on the context that gave birth to and called it forth for three decades, the practice that emerged and the practices and organisations that it contributed to, as well as CDRA itself. This will result in a publication (online and in hard copy) that shares the outcomes of these reflections and in so doing, offers a contemporary perspective on the condition of organisation today.
Practitioners and colleagues who have been in some way reached by CDRA or touched by its work, or who, in some way, might consider themselves part of the broader CDRA community, are invited to submit proposals for their contribution to this publication.
This call is now closed.
Download from our Writings - numerous articles on the practice of social change and development
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