Amandla Development - Education And Equitable Development

What is Amandla?

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

How we equip

Amandla Development builds its partners' capacity in order to help them effectively deliver on their respective missions and to be responsive to the data they share with each other about the young people they work with. By cultivating powerful networks that work, partner innovations can reach beyond their local communities to have national impact.

Well-managed institutions that are data-driven are fundamental to promoting locally driven change. Amandla Development equips effective NGOs that work with young people through tailored services designed to improve:
  • Documentation and assessment
  • Thought partnership with school principals and teachers
  • Networking capacity
  • Talent management and development
  • Fundraising strategy and execution

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Education and Development in South Africa


How we empower

Actors focus on their own service delivery while incorporating key knowledge from partners to fill their structural holes and have the multiple impacts necessary for schools to teach effectively and young people to overcome obstacles to their learning. To facilitate collective impact Amandla Development:
  • Encourages a Connected Ecosystem
  • Facilitates articulation of common vision and goals
  • Coordinates communication between organisations and stakeholders
  • Collects and distributes knowledge on what works so that work is strategic and data-driven

How we excel

NGOs fill gaps and innovate in important ways that policymakers usually cannot. They meet needs and do important work that must expand and achieve sustainability. Examples include:
  • Centre for Education Policy Development (CEPD) helped craft current education policy during the dying days of apartheid and continues to contribute key research to education policy in South Africa
  • LEAP School serves disadvantaged youth and has a 100% pass rate for the national matriculation exam versus the national average of approximately 50%. 75% of LEAP graduates since 2005 have continued to higher education compared to 12-15% nationally
  • The Observatory Junior School's Shine Centre has seen an increase in the literacy rate from 48% to 78% in grade 6 learners since 2002. Overcrowded classrooms struggle to identify and help learners struggling with literacy, but Shine Centre's efforts give learners the individual attention they need.
  • The Shine Centre Cape Town, South Africa:

These are just a few examples of NGOs that have seen success in advancing education among South African youth, but it does not stop there. The continued growth and flourishing of such efforts is imperative for the expansion of opportunity for those left behind in South Africa. This is where Amandla Development steps in.

With Amandla Development's help, partners can change the face of education and opportunity for the youth of South Africa. We help social entrepreneurs follow their dreams: to change the future for the youth of their country.

Current programmes

Philippi Collective


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. 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.

Resource Access Programme (RAP)


Because being ready to learn requires adequate access to supports like quality healthcare, good nutrition, and personal supports, Amandla facilitates a programme through schools to bring Philippi's learners the knowledge, access, and empowerment they need to take charge of their educational journey and make use of the resources around them in the community.
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Community Solutions


For change to be effective and sustainable, it must ultimately be driven by the community. Amandla works with community members to gather data on challenges facing Philippi's youth and to develop locally-driven programmes to overcome those challenges. (See more...)

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