Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation

The emergent city is the growing South African reality. We deal with the complexities that arise from this transition.

At SLF, our mission is to enhance possibilities for the realisation of human potential in the emergent city.

Our vision is a future of inclusive, thriving urban communities.

Our Objectives


Undertaking path-breaking, state of the art, pragmatic research into the constraints and obstacles to human development and making this knowledge accessible to a wider audience, through simplification and audio and visual communication.


Pursuing creative public engagement with communities, learning of their challenges and equipping them with knowledge and skills to foster resilience and strengthen their livelihood opportunities.


Pioneering innovative development practice to influence policy and programmes and to apply these ideas through micro-projects to demonstrate their effectiveness and sustainability.