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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

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 is that the economy is shrinking because of the corruption and looting that has drained the Treasury through "state capture".

Related to this is another reason - C4L's high profile in the "citizen revolt" that has made a LOT of noise about waste, corruption, patronage 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 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

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 "Ls" of Lobbying, Literati and Litigation - as noted above.

 

UNEMBEZA Desk

UNEMBEZA is the Zulu word for "conscience".

C4L now sends out Op-Ed commentary to Editors of media platforms, on a regular basis.

A sample list of articles that have been run on national platforms is available - click here.

We invite you to visit our blog sites, which are an on-going examples of Advocacy: