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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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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTuyL8ULyuc

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.