Rural Development Support Program

Services and support

Services and support are also offered through:

RDSPís Resource Centre serves all of our programs and responds to requests for information from our target group. The Resource Centre distributes our workbooks and broadsheets. We plan to expand the Resource Centre to play a greater role in research.

 

RDSPís Consultancy Service to other NGOs, funding agencies and government departments at a rate that allows us to subsidise our Rural Support Program. This is reflected under local income.

 

Rural

We focus on rural areas for two main reasons: the extreme poverty experienced & the lack of NGOs & government offices active in these areas. The following baseline statistics, recorded for the governmentís integrated sustainable rural development strategy, indicate the hardships of rural life with averages of:

52% = Unemployment rate

41% = Households living in traditional dwellings

24% = Households with piped water on site

54% = Households using mainly wood for cooking

18% = Households with access to sanitation

6% = People covered by medical aid

32% = Households dependent on grants /pensions

Development

Our OD & Training Consultants subscribe to:

 Development & empowerment should be the ultimate aims of any OD and training process.

 Our role is not to control and manage rural CBOs, but to assist them to develop as independent and effective organisations.

 OD processes cannot succeed unless they are participatory. This requires flexibility.

 Personal development is an integral part of organisational development.

 Skills training must aim to develop the analytical ability of rural CBOs.

Support

Requests over the last 13 years confirm that rural groups are still in need of the following services from RDSP:

 On site visits during which we can learn more about their context, needs, resources and ideas.

 Participatory, facilitated sessions to assist the group to assess the needs and problems of the community, to formulate the groupís vision and to make realistic plans (strategic planning).

 Regular monitoring and evaluation sessions where the group can consider their results and impact.

 General consultation & mentoring as crises or new opportunities arise.

 Skills training in a wide range of development skills.

 Assistance with implementing skills learnt during training courses.

 Information about government strategies, available resources and development models.

 Exposure to other organisations and projects.