Melani Prinsloo to present Seminar at the HSRC

November 8th, 2012 · No Comments

Infusion’s work with CDI ( has resulted in the first South African Community Capabilities Survey.  The HSRC have provided a platform for Infusion and CDI to share some of the findings, and Dr Melani Prinsloo will be presenting a seminar entitled ‘How are poor communities building their own futures? Barriers and triggers to participation’ on 9 November 2012 .


The seminar will explore questions such as:

How are poor communities responding to support from community development specialists and inclusive business designs? How can community development specialists in conjunction with private enterprise help poor communities lead broad-based local development?


This seminar presents emerging insights from an on-going Community Capability survey, which includes 190 community focus groups and 3450 community household surveys. These findings are helping community development specialists to better understand the context within which communities are operating, people’s sense of agency and how they convert resources (money, education, health, technology, information, environment and more) into different futures. The evidence also offers insight into the resources and capabilities (coupled with conversion factors) required in communities to help them access and or optimise opportunities created through development initiatives.


The intended outcome of the project is to shed light on the realities of middle and lower-end economic communities in order to identify opportunities to develop programmes, policy, products and services suitable to these communities or suitable to the stakeholders influencing the development of these communities. The context or wide angle design of the study (paying attention to the environment, education, health, technology, media, money, culture and tradition, democracy and worklife/unemployment) mitigates the risk of subject-specific studies, where the selected topic (e.g. health or education) of the study limits the identification of alternative opportunities and broad-based risk analysis.


South African Community Capability Project partners: Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Basic Education (DBE), TIPS / Community Work Programme (CWP), Kumba, SAP and Vodacom.

Tags: Community-based participatory research · Developing country · HIV/AIDS · Information · Information scarcity · Research · Social development

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