Through the Informal Settlement Support Programme [ISSP], the Western Cape Government Department of Human Settlement has appointed VPUU NPC and seven other NGOs to involve communities living informally across the Western Cape in the collection of information for planning, prioritisation and implementation of future interventions.
At VPUU, five of our teams are working together on the ISSP: Community Participation, Participatory Planning, ICT4D, Project Management and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)
Here’s how it works:
As you can see, each team facilitates community ownership in various ways.
Altogether, this makes ISSP projects work!
The work that we do provides support to the Western Cape Government, municipalities and communities through information, capacitation, recommendations and brokering relationships.
Our work can allow for integration to happen outside of VPUU, too – within provincial and local government. We hope that these spheres of government will follow our lead in working together as integrated, area-based teams! We have learned from experience that effective Area Coordination Teams (ACTs) deliver better violence prevention and service delivery – and that improves people’s lives.
We have found that we do this best when we are working together as integrated, area-based teams. This allows us to deliver better violence prevention and services, leading to a better quality of life.