About Us

At SLF, we aim to strengthen marginalized communities for development impact.
We build insights to understand needs and priorities, interconnect people to grow opportunities and co-create strategies to foster positive change.

Research Projects

UKRI GCRF: Water & Fire

This 3-year research project aimed to directly address disaster risk management of three interconnected environmental hazards related to water and fire in marginalized, urban Cape Town communities. We tested new methods of complementary democratic and creative engagement to advocate community-driven solutions and resilience action in response to such hazards. The project brought together principles of disaster risk management with the democratic prioritization of risk reduction at a local level, while developing intervention strategies and sharing findings with local government and other stakeholders through a community-driven coproduced process.

Cities Support Programme

Cities Support Programme Township Economic Development (CSP TED) is a National Treasury (NT) funded project providing three years of multi-disciplinary technical support to five metropolitan municipalities. This project seeks to pilot a transversal, participatory approach to township economic development to strategize, plan, fund, implement and monitor projects within specific townships to achieve a meaningful economic development impact and institutionalise TED in the metros. SLF is the lead agency providing technical assistance.

Kariega Township Development (KTD) Pilot Project

The Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation NPC (SLF) collaborated with the Volkswagen Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Trust (VBBBEE Trust) to implement the Kariega Township Development (KTD) Pilot Project. The project aimed to showcase a business development support approach suitable to informal micro-enterprises in the township economies surrounding the town of Kariega, Eastern Cape.

Our Team

Abongile Mfaku

Albida McMillan

Andrew Charman

Anthony Muteti

Gill Black

Leif Petersen

Zani Lamb

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