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What We Do

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

There is a variance from one year to another based on need and 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 could be a reaction to C4L's high profile in the "citizen revolt" that has made a LOT of noise about waste, corruption and malpractice especially in government.  C4L's target has been provincial government, and somewhat tongue-in-cheek another "L" has become a major facet of this impetus:

  • Litigation!

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 udbner 35 years of age.  Our emphasis is on youth from 18 - 28.  C4L also has also had a special focus on youth-led organizations (nonprofits and cooperatives).

One way of looking at what we do is a C4L Board mandate to devote

  • 70% of resources to Development programming
  • 20% to Disaster focus
  • 10% to Advocacy

Depending on the resources flows, these lines blur a bit. 

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

Environmental degradation is a 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 percentage of time and energy devoted to "Advocacy" has risen.  This is because of the "citizen revolt" that has included Civil Society and the Media. (Unless you regard State Capture" as a disaster, then the proportions are still in line with Board guidelines.)

Special Focus

Since 2012, C4L has been placing special emphasis on the theme: "Performance without integrity is not enough".  

In other words, on fighting corruption which has been all-too-prevalent in NGOs as well as other sectors.  Yes, this has led C4L into the new "L" of litigations as noted above.


It has also led us into a "lobbying" role.  For some sample articles generated by UNEMBEZA (Zulu for "conscience") - that have been run by different media platforms, click here..."

To know more about why we do what we do, read the 20 Questions About C4L. Also, we invite you to visit our blog sites, which are an on-going example of Advocacy: