Support to the Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies


Client: Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies
Sector: Unemployment and Job Creation
Services: Programme Support, policy and strategy
Date: October 2009 to May 2010


Shisaka Development Management Services is contracted by TIPS to provide specific support to facilitate the successful conclusion of the pilot. In the main, to capture key lessons, characteristics and methodologies of the programme that have led to local community development; and develop from this a programme model with a set of institutional norms and management standards that will allow it to retain its innovative approach and increase its scale, as it is transferred into government (to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs).

Project Outcomes

The most significant achievement of the CWP is that it has demonstrated that with fairly limited funds, it is possible to radically expand employment opportunities for the poor – and to significantly improve the quality of life – not just of those accessing the employment but of their households, and that of the people whom they serve.

The CWP has demonstrated that it is possible to:

  • Create predictable and sustainable work for poor people
  • Significantly improve the choices available to households because of the additional income being received through participation in the CWP
  • Implement the programme at a large scale in many diverse communities and different economic environments
  • Establish productive partnerships between local and provincial government agencies to improve service delivery
  • Demonstrate, particularly to young people, that participation in work activities leads to further opportunities which are an attractive alternative to other negative social behaviors
  • Significantly expand service delivery in poor communities through the use of appropriate and effective community development and community participation strategies
  • Significantly improve the day-to-day lives of vulnerable, poor and marginalised communities by helping to organise activities that communities feel are meaningful for them, empowering communities to address their core problems and meet basic needs and being instrumental in restoring the dignity and pride of communities in their environment

Project Achievements

In the period April 2009 to March 2010, the Community Work Programme:

  • Established community work sites in 41 communities
  • Created predictable work for 55 582 people in vulnerable situations
  • Created 7 613 full time equivalent jobs (or provided 1 750 886 days of work to unemployed people)
  • provided a wide range of community services, such as:
    • Providing home based community care to the elderly, to the disabled, to child headed households and to the sick
    • Constructing and maintaining community food gardens in schools to feed poor learners and improve their ability to participate in class and in the backyards of vulnerable households so that HIV/Aids affected families have access to much needed nutrition. CWP members maintain the gardens and are responsible for the distribution of food to the vulnerable
    • Improving the quality of roads and thereby access in and out of communities
    • Improving public safety by grass cutting, fencing, pavement maintenance and implementing community patrols in dangerous areas to prevent crime, attacks against women and children and accidents
    • Promoting care for the environment and the beautification of neighborhoods
    • Changing the culture of learning and participation at schools; initiating ECD programmes; and facilitating social welfare - to name but a few

Shisaka observed the programme and documented innovative methodologies used, translating these into a workable programme model, taking into consideration areas for improvement and key success factors. Shisaka also assisted government in assessing their possible programme management options as they take over the programme.
Shisaka created the mechanism for capturing and monitoring the use of funding and communicating programme achievements to key partners. Shisaka also supported TIPS to finalise their year end report for the pilot programme.

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