In honour of the United Nations International Day to #EndPoverty, we have launched a fundraising campaign for the Adolescent Youth Friendly Space - a safe, creative space for Philippi youth to learn, play and access services. Let's empower our youth for a brighter future.

About Amandla Development

Amandla Development works to empower Philippi youth with equal access to quality education opportunities from cradle to career.

We work at building capacity in effective grassroots organizations in order to maximize impact. Due to a fluctuating population, severely high crime, and grinding poverty, learning at school is a major challenge for the Philippi community of Cape Town.

We know that what happens outside of school greatly affects a child’s ability to learn. 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.

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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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

Bongiwe Radebe

Project Manager

Thandi Gaji

RAP Coordinator


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