Sustainable livelihoods

As the end-point in the ideal social development model, which begins with welfare, “sustainable livelihoods” encompasses skills training and job creation, enterprise development (capacity-building, identifying market opportunities, local economic development and so on) and sustainable food security.

The development continuum model is used to assess all projects in this sector, not just those that focus on agricultural livelihoods. Projects that focus on survivalist, subsistence and livelihood initiatives are considered for support.

The Anglo American Chairman’s Fund aims to provide employment opportunities through skills training with placement, agricultural produce from subsistence to livelihood, and entrepreneurship training that leads to demonstrable sustained economic activity.

De Beers supports sustainable livelihood projects primarily in communities surrounding its operations: Siyanda, Ga-Segonyana, Taung, Frances Baard, Letsemeng, Nama Khoi, Kamiesberg and Richtersveld (Northern Cape), and Musina and Blouberg (Limpopo).

The FirstRand Fund supports the Sustainable Livelihoods sector through its Strategic Partners Programme. The programme enables the Foundation to enter into meaningful funding relationships with a select number of partners on behalf of its group of member funds, to best effect the development and empowerment of South African communities on a national scale.

The WesBank Fund empowers communities to become self-supporting as this is seen as one of the most pressing needs in South Africa. Only in breaking the cycle of poverty and dependence can people regain their dignity and envision a brighter future. WesBank’s Food Security and Agricultural Livelihoods Programme funds diverse projects around the country that are working to reduce vulnerability to, and the negative consequences of, household food insecurity.

This is achieved by training and supporting community members to drive participation of food-insecure households in productive agricultural activities. Improved flow and composition of nutrition can be achieved through the provision of sustained and uninterrupted support of food gardening or “micro-farming” at household level.

In so doing, the Fund’s programme partner organisations help to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to diversify income sources, build wealth and restore self-respect, self-reliance and self-confidence.