The GRCF piloted an innovative and highly effective Social Development Programme in the rural town of Mathopestat In 2009. This paradigm, known as Community Asset Mapping Program (CAMP), guides communities in identifying their assets, revealing to them that they are wealthier than they realise, and assists them in identifying sustainable development projects by focusing on these assets. The GRCF then funds successful projects and supports role-players and organisations identified through CAMP.
To date, this programme has been conducted in 55 communities across Africa, with measurable success.
CAMP² (Community Action Mobilisation Program) provides for monitoring, evaluation and technical support of interventions for a period of up to five years to ensure the sustainability of projects and effectiveness of grants. We have found that this is the key to the successful outcomes we desire. In addition to the development projects germinated from CAMP, it is expected that the outcome of each CAMP intervention will lead to the establishment of a Community Forum.
CAMP is a combination of the ABCD Programme derived from our initial international partner, the COADY Institute of Canada, combined with a 5 year Community Asset Mobilisation Program (CAMP²) and leads to the generation of relevant, effective and sustainable social, economic and environmental projects.
In 2013, the CAMP programme has been adopted by the University of South-Africa’s department of Geography, and is available to students as a short learning programme.
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