Empowered Development for the Community of Philippi

Amandla Development works to empower South African youth with equal access to quality education opportunities.

We do this by building capacity in effective grassroots organizations working in education, in order to maximize their impact.

The Philippi community of Cape Town encompasses a unique and distinctive landscape, as well as the last remaining agricultural area in the Cape Town city metropolitan area. Due to a fluctuating population, severely high crime, and grinding poverty, learning at school is a major challenge.

We know that what happens outside of school affects a child’s ability to learn more than what happens inside the school. So it is important that the various actors in the community share a common vision for the success of their young people and work together towards that. This way teachers aren’t forced to play so many roles (like social worker, doctor, parent); it can’t all fall to the schools.

Therefore, Amandla is facilitating a community stakeholder-driven approach to improving education and opportunity. We have engaged stakeholders across sectors and convened a collective committed to an inside-out approach to supporting an environment both in and outside school that’s conducive to the success of Philippi’s youth.

The "100 for 100" program is about ensuring that Philippi’s students have the support they need to stay in school. We’re aiming for 100% of students in our community!

What is Amandla?

Amandla provides logistical support that includes convening, developing collaborative tools, helping groups communicate actively, and gathering and managing knowledge that helps partners improve their management capacity and the quality of their services.

The name Amandla comes from the Xhosa/Zulu tradition of call-and-response.
A crowd member declares "Amandla!" meaning "power" and the crowd responds "Awethu!" adding that the power "is ours."

Amandla Development is therefore empowered development, a process Amandla coordinates wherein local knowledge and active citizenship meet government processes and NGO ground-level implementation.

Our Collectives mobilise local resources to ensure their young people are fully supported to be ready to learn, take charge of their education journey and grow into active and productive members of society.

  • Investing in capacity is investing in results and in rigorous, transparent evaluation of results.

  • Everyone can make a difference. Restoration of dignity stripped by decades of discrimination is key to empowering individuals to succeed.
    Crucial to real reconciliation is opportunity creation for previously disadvantage populations.

  • Everyone is wiser than anyone - collaboration and knowledge sharing are integral. Cooperation between government, funders, civil society, and communities is a necessity. The responsibility for development transcends borders.

The Philippi Team

Scott Clarke

Founding Director

Taona Tsopo

Programme Manager

Leo Mbobi

Project Manager

Thandi Gaji

RAP Coordinator

Abby Chinyimba

Data Coordinator


To empower the community of Philippi we need to build strong networks and work towards a common vision