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What We Do

The easiest way to explain what C4L does is to unpack the 4 "L"s:

  • Leadership
  • Livelihoods
  • Lobbying
  • Literati

Each of these 4 Ls is summarized on its own page.  These 4 pages can be found by clicking on the side bar, to open a pull-down menu, then on the page title.

There is a variance from one year to another (in terms of proportions) based on resource flows.  But we keep C4L programming within these confines.

Over the past 2 years, resource flows have been drying up.  Part of this that the flagging economy of South Africa.  There is less spill-over from Donors for social investment.

In part, this economic malaise is because of "State Capture".  This is the all-encompassing term for Malpractice or Malfeasence.  These are broader words for 3 distinct issues - waste, corruption and patronage.

Baptism by fire

C4L's high profile in the "citizen revolt" that has made a LOT of noise about these issues is but one of numerous leading lights in civil society and the media.

C4L's particular space is Mpumalanga, so its target has been provincial government.  Somewhat tongue-in-cheek this has added another "L" to keep up the impetus: Litigation!

This is causing a re-mix in terms of support for C4L because some income streams have dried up.  Especially those from government.  However, we believe that as the Triumphalists are brought to book, and as the economy revives, we will find new sources to keep C4L going forward.

Strategic Focus

At C4L, the focus for over a decade has been building the capacity of Youth.  In South Africa that usually means young people under 35 years of age.  Our emphasis has been on youth from 18 - 28.  C4L also has also had a special focus on youth-led organizations (nonprofits and cooperatives).

C4L's roots are in Disaster Management, for example after the Mozambique Floods in 2000.

Then the focus shifted to Development Programming, starting with the rise of the AIDS Pandemic (although at the very beginning, it was seen as a slow-onset Disaster).

In the past five years, C4L's focus has shifted to Advocacy.  The themes of this emphasis continue to be those that affect communities and Youth.  But the mode of intervention has shifted.

C4L's focus on youth includes developmental activities like job creation (e.g. green livelihoods) which address both the energy crisis and the water emergency in the nation. But grant funding has slowed down of late.

Environmental degradation is another kind of slow-onset disaster.  A recent C4L video picks up on that called Flammable Water.  Mpumalanga water and air are notoriously contaminated.

Since mid-2016, the shift towards "Advocacy" has sped up.  This is because of the "citizen revolt" that has included both Civil Society and the Media. By mid-2018, the proportions of State Capture are causing it to be recognized as a man-made Disaster.

Special Focus

We invite you to visit our blog sites, which are one on-going example of our efforts at Advocacy: