About CAMP

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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Southern Cross CAMP
The program is as follows:

CAMP Workshop (4 days): The CAMP processes essentially take a community through exercises designed to make them aware of the skills and talents they possess as well as the physical and social assets the community as a whole possesses. It also shows them what their biggest hopes and fears are and helps to build trust among participants through the use of modules from the Quantum Step paradigm, for which we have an external specialist come in. CAMP is meant to switch the thinking from “this is what we lack” to “we are richer than we realized!”

Communities are also shown how much money leaks out of the community as a result of under-development, and how it is possible to plug these leaks. Next, participants learn about power structures and risk evaluation by seeing who can harm or help their projects. Finally they generate their own projects along with a simple plan. The projects are chosen by the community members themselves and can be either group or individual in nature, and with a focus on social, economic or environmental issues.

Essentially the entire process creates a cognitive shift that leads to project generation, and takes participants through a basic project planning process.


CAMP² (up to 5 years): The Community Action Mobilisation Program provides assistance to community members, aiding them in their developing small enterprises, or community forums. Through this program, assessments are done, and guidance is given to communities, to optimally make use of opportunities, and funding, to create sustainable, prosperous enterprises, that not only serve them individually, but their communities as a whole.