Church Land Programme [WDR partner] works amongst poor communities where there are land and housing issues. The people cannot be empowered. They need to empower themselves. We create the space where they can empower themselves.
It is new to them. It does not come about in the click of your fingers. Our methods are based upon people taking charge of the processes themselves. Training enables them to identify the issues and players. People lead because they are the ones who suffer and we will support them. Even in our absence they can continue. It has to be their own vision and commitment.
To have a real impact we’ve had to change our practice to this approach.
Acting CEO of Church Land Programme, South Africa