EDP
Programmes

In general, the EDP delivers partnering solutions that are either related to a particular geography (area-based partnering solutions), or to a specific issue.  Within these parameters, we offer the following specialist services:

  1. Applied partnering skills, processes and tools, including stakeholder mapping and engagement, system and institutional partnering frameworks, connecting the ‘top-down’ authorising environment with the ‘bottom-up’ mobilising environment, collaborative workshop design, and partnership evaluation.

     

  2. Capacity development, including adaptive leadership masterclasses and simulations, executive short courses, and participatory and situated learning.

     

  3. Knowledge-sharing and learning, including building a knowledge base of what works and what doesn’t, learning organisation skills, and transdisciplinary partnerships with academic institutions.

Examples of the programmes on which the EDP is currently working are listed below.

Partnering solutions for water

Partnering solutions for water

 

What is this programme all about?

The EDP has helped find partnering solutions for water-related problems for a number of years.  While the EDP played a significant role in enabling collaboration during the drought, for example, the focus of this programme is now more on working with provincial and local government, and with water user forums, to find ways for these entities to collaborate better and to find shared solutions to their shared issues.

Who do we work with? 

For this programme the EDP works with the provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP), the Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Area (BGCMA) team, various officials at the City of Cape Town, and a number of other entities working on water programmes in the Western Cape, such as the World Bank, Arap, etc. 

What does the EDP do?

The EDP’s current water programme focuses on three areas.

  1. The EDP has been working with DEA&DP and the BGCMA for some time, to help them partner better with each other and with the other role-players in the Breede-Gouritz catchment area.  For example, the EDP has run workshops with all these role-players (including farmers, the Department of Agriculture, etc.) to determine how best to find ways of agreeing on priorities and working together in this catchment area.  The EDP has also hosted and facilitated a number of DEA&DP/BGCMA workshops to help these two teams in particular to build a strong working relationship.
  2. The EDP is also working on water issues with the City of Cape Town.  Specifically, the EDP is helping the City find collaborative ways to implement its water strategy by making recommendations for structural and process changes to the way this is done.
  3. The EDP is also involved in the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS), most notably with a proposal to map the WCWSS, and to collaborate with a hydro-economic study for the World Bank.

What impact have we had?

  • DEA&DP and the BGCMA team are now firm partners; they share objectives for the Breede River, do joint communications, and share data – all things that they didn’t do in the past.
  • DEA&DP have also asked the EDP to help them implement the recommendations in the Berg River I mprovement Plan, which is clear indication that they understand the need for partnering, and the help that the EDP can supply in this area.
  • The EDP is increasingly being seen as an expert in water governance and water management.  We have been invited to present on this topic at a number of international conferences and to contribute our insight to global commissions, for example, on climate change coping and adaptation.

Crossing many boundaries: Water basin area for the City of Cape Town
Developing a common agenda with an EDP tool:  Members of the Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency, and the Western Cape Government Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning working together.
Planning for the implementation of the City of Cape Town Water Strategy at the Kloof Nek Water Treatment Facility.

Who is on the EDP team for this programme?

Amanda Gcanga

Amanda@wcedp.co.za

Selwyn Willoughy

Selwyn@wcedp.co.za

The Whole of Society Approach

The Whole of Society Approach

 

What is this programme all about?

WoSA, the Whole of Society Approach, was set up over a year ago It is an approach which aims to integrate all service delivery, from all of government (provincial and municipal) and all other (non-government) stakeholders, in a particular area. This means that it applies to the delivery of every service, e.g. health, education, safety and security, social development, infrastructure, etc. that is relevant in that area – hence the ‘whole of society’ label.

Currently the WoSA programme is under way in selected municipalities, known as sites, i.e. Saldanha Bay, Drakenstein, Manenberg/Hanover Park and Khayelitsha. Each site has a WoSA team who are tasked with implementing WoSA on the ground.

Who do we work with?

By definition, the EDP works with any relevant provincial department, and any relevant municipality, in the area concerned. The other parties with whom the EDP interacts are the non-government organisations who play a role in service delivery, such as NGO’s, civic organisations, academia, etc.

What does the EDP do?

The EDP work for WoSA is in three main areas:

  • We work directly with the WoSA teams at the sites, to help them find solutions to complex, long-standing problems. For example, we bring together people from different government and municipal departments, and from non-government organisations; we take them on visits to an area where there is a problem like farming vs housing, for example, and we work to find a collaborative solution to these kinds of issues.
  • We provide strategic input into the overall direction of the WoSA programme, help define WoSA principles, and provide overall support to the WoSA teams at the sites. An example of this kind of work is that we help decide in which sites WoSA should be started, and we help the on-site teams decide on their priorities.
  • We set up and run a learning network between the sites. This means that we actively encourage WoSA teams to share what they have learned with each other (for example, through events that we organise), and with other municipalities / areas. We also capture all these learnings centrally so that they don’t get lost.

What impact have we had?

  • On the ground, the way of operating between different departments and spheres of government at the Saldanha Bay site have improved significantly. This means that support of respective programmes is more broad-based, and public sector effectiveness has been increased.

Adaptive Leadership explained.  EDP posters for workshops are deliberately
handmade to convey a personal touch for participants

Who is on the EDP team for this programme?

Estelle Cloete

Estelle@wcedp.co.za

Gill Cullinan

Gill@wcedp.co.za

Adaptive Leadership

Adaptive Leadership

 

What is this programme all about?

The basic principle of adaptive leadership is that leaders are increasingly confronted with varied, and frequently-changing, problems.  A single style of leadership is therefore not appropriate, as different problems need to be solved in different ways.  This means that leaders need to adjust how they respond to shocks and stressors, and so need to be familiar with the principles and practices of adaptive leadership.

The City of Cape Town’s Resilience team have recognised that climate change is causing shocks and stressors that impact significantly on how the City operates – and that these shocks are only likely to increase.  The EDP was therefore asked to draw on its experience in partnering and systems analysis to develop and present a series of Masterclasses on Adaptive Leadership, to help the City to be able to respond appropriately to crises.

Who do we work with?

For this programme the EDP works with the City of Cape Town Resilience Team, as well as the Organisational Development team.  The EDP has also run Adaptive Leadership Masterclasses which included attendees from the Western Cape Government as well as City of Cape Town employees.

What does the EDP do?

For this programme, the EDP currently delivers two learning experiences:

  1. An Adaptive Leadership Masterclass. This is a four-hour session in which participants are given the basic principles of adaptive leadership, taught about the different kinds of problems that arise, asked to identify the types of problems they face in their workplace, and given some tools to deal with complex problems.

     

  2. A heat wave simulation. In this class, participants are given roles to assume, i.e. they could be city officials, private business owners, people in an NGO, or officials in the Provincial Government. The scenario of a prolonged heat wave in Cape Town is then described, and participants are asked to respond within their designated roles. Throughout the session, additional information about the extent of the heat wave, and additional problems related to it, are introduced. Participants are therefore given the opportunity to practice adaptive leadership in a simulated stressful situation.

The EDP role in both instances is to develop the classes, complete the material and tools (slides, posters, cards, etc.), and facilitate the sessions (including doing the presentations). The EDP also produces a detailed report after each of these sessions, to allow participants to have a record of the insights that they gained on the day.

 

What impact have we had?

  • The classes have been successful enough to be included in the revised 2019/2020 EDP/City of Cape Town Business Plan.
  • The Adaptive Leadership programme has been extended to include Western Cape Government Provincial staff and members of the public. For the first time, a joint City/Province class on Adaptive Leadership has been held, and the EDP ran a Masterclass as part of Open Design Afrika (opendesignafrika.org) which was attended by members of the public.

Who is on the EDP team for this programme?

Estelle Cloete

Estelle@wcedp.co.za

Gill Cullinan

Gill@wcedp.co.za

Libby Ferrandi

Libby@wcedp.co.za

Partnering solutions for Saldanha Bay

Partnering solutions for Saldanha Bay

 

What is this programme all about?

Greater Saldanha has been identified as a Provincial ‘growth node’, with a focus on industrial development.  However, there are several obstacles to economic growth in this region.  The EDP is working with a number of key players in the region to provide partnering support to overcome these obstacles.  The EDP has been involved in Saldanha for over two years; currently, the focus of this programme is on the revitalisation of the West Coast Business Development Centre (WCBDC), and on building capacity in the Saldanha Bay Municipality.

Who do we work with?

For this programme the EDP works with the Saldanha Bay Municipality, the West Coast Business Development Forum, the local Corporate Procurement Forum, the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone, and the Provincial Departments of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning and Economic Development and Tourism.

What does the EDP do?

For this programme, the EDP currently delivers two learning experiences:

  1. The WCBDC was set up to provide practical, accessible assistance for SMMEs in the region.  For a number of reasons, however, it has not succeeded in providing the levels of support that are expected, and has also not established enough linkages between the corporate sector (who could procure SMME services) and the local SMMEs.  The EDP has therefore helped with:
    1. Engaging with the corporate and SMME sectors to clarify expectations of the WCBDC (through a number of workshops with these organisations and individuals in the region)
    2. Defining what the WCBDC should actually do (i.e. clarifying its value proposition)
    3. Setting up governance structures and processes for the WCBDC Board.

  2. The WCBDC was set up to provide practical, accessible assistance for SMMEs in the region.  For a number of reasons, however, it has not succeeded in providing the levels of support that are expected, and has also not established enough linkages between the corporate sector (who could procure SMME services) and the local SMMEs.  The EDP has therefore helped with:

What impact have we had?

  • We have changed the way that stakeholders in the area think about the WCBDC, and have re-energised efforts to provide support to SMME’s so that they can contribute to economic growth.
  • We have changed the way the Saldanha Bay Municipality thinks about what they need to do for the community, and who they need to work with in order to have more impact.

Who is on the EDP team for this programme?

Lodewyk van Heerden

Lodewyk@wcedp.co.za

The South Cape Economic Partnership

The South Cape Economic Partnership

 

What is this programme all about?

The South Cape Economic Partnership (SCEP) was set up by the EDP to enable partnering between spheres of government, and between government and other sectors (predominantly the private sector), for the purposes of economic development in the South Cape region. A key part of this programme is the leveraging of existing regional economic partnerships and organisations.

Who do we work with?

For this programme the EDP works with the Garden Route District Municipality, the municipalities of Mossel Bay, George, Knysna, and Bitou, the local business chambers, and other economic role-players in the region.

What does the EDP do?

At a Provincial level, a number of sectors have been identified as having the potential for high growth in the South Cape. SCEP’s efforts are therefore focused on these sectors, i.e. tourism, the creative industries, agri-processing, the timber economy, ICT, waste management, energy and water, integrated transport, and oil, gas and marine industries.

Specifically, SCEP provides partnering expertise and practice to existing forums, and has helped convene and facilitate engagements such as the Smart Cities Summit. SCEP also provides input into potential international investment into the region, in areas such as waste-to-fuel. Overall, SCEP continuously drives for a co-ordinated, collaborative regional approach to finding solutions to challenges in the area.

What impact have we had? 

  • We have changed the way many economic role-players think about regional activity, and have helped keep partnering, and collaborative solution-seeking, as a way of working, both for the District Municipality and for the other local municipalities.
  • In the tourism industry in particular, SCEP has played a significant role in the establishment of a regional tourism organisation.
  • For the creative industries, SCEP helped create an online portfolio of filming locations, to help drive increased movie and commercial filming in the region.

Who is on the EDP team for this programme?

Paul Hoffman

Paul@wcedp.co.za

Township economies

Township economies

 

What is this programme all about?

Township economies are widely misunderstood, and there are a host of misperceptions that abound regarding the reality, and the potential, of economic activity in townships around South Africa. The EDP is therefore working on a number of aspects of township economies: understanding the economic activity within townships, identifying the potential economic opportunities in under-serviced townships, and helping to develop suitable strategies to respond to these findings.

Who do we work with? 

For this programme the EDP works with the Western Cape Government Department of Economic Affairs and Tourism (DEDAT), the City of Cape Town, the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) and a number of township-based community and business forums and their partners, such as the Mfuleni Development Forum, the Mfuleni Business Forum, and the Mfuleni Business Hive.

What does the EDP do?

The EDP’s current Townships Economy programme focuses on the following areas.

  1. The EDP is providing support on partnering and governance strategies for the various business forums, and for the Mfuleni Business Hive.
  2. The EDP is also helping develop a pathway for township producers to have increased access to sites in and around the airport, so that they can market and sell their products.
  3. The EDP has convened and facilitated a range of workshops in the area, aimed at clarifying the economic strategy for the area, and at building a shared economic vision and common agenda.
  4. A separate set of workshops are also being held, to identify and unlock constraints to economic growth and development. 

What impact have we had? 

  • The EDP is jointly developing an Executive Short Course on Township Economies with the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance and other partners, scheduled for 2020. This course aims to provide policy stakeholders with knowledge of, and exposure to, the breadth of evidence on township economies, so that they are better equipped to influence decision-making in their respective institutions.
  • Learnings from the above workshops have been consolidated, and provided as input for UCT Planning students.
  • The EDP’s work has provided clarity and strategy on governance to the Mfuleni Business Forum.
Fact-finding on site: learning more with officials of the City of Cape Town about the Mfuleni business park
Andile Mxotwa of the EDP assessing the current state of the Mfuleni Business Hive
with a carwash operator in the Hive.

Who is on the EDP team for this programme?

Andile Mxotwa

Andile@wcedp.co.za

Selwyn Willoughby

Selwyn@wcedp.co.za

Hermanus and the Overstrand Municipality

Hermanus and the Overstrand Municipality

 

What is this programme all about?

The EDP has been working with a number of groups – the Overstrand Municipality, the private sector, and members of local communities – to find collaborative solutions to some of the complex problems facing this municipal area. The EDP’s focus to date has been on helping to define the problems in the area clearly, on gaining agreement on these problem statements, and on convening engagements that bring a broad range of stakeholders together so that they can start the process of jointly finding these solutions.

Who do we work with? 

For this programme the EDP works with the Overstrand Municipality, the local tourism operators, and members of communities such as Hawston. This programme may expand significantly over the remainder of 2019 and into 2020, during which time far more stakeholders and partners will obviously form part of the process.

What does the EDP do?

The EDP work in this area started with talking to business and community groups about the value of a partnering and systems change approach. This presentation included examples of what effective partnering entails, and some insights on how to start a partnering process.

The EDP then facilitated a number of workshops with very different audiences, i.e. the Overstand Municipality, community members from Hawston, and the Hermanus business community. At all these workshops, the EDP role was to help participants describe the issues they face, and to start the process of their working together to find joint solutions. 

What impact have we had?

  • We have introduced local municipal officials and business owners to each other – many of whom had never met.
  • We started the process of including the community of Hawston in the planning for tourism for the region.
  • We convened and facilitated two workshops as safe spaces, in which tourism operators and municipal officials collaborated, for the first time, on finding solutions together to some of the issues that they share.

Gathering information for the programme on the ground: the EDP team outside the Overstrand Whale Boxing Club in Zwelihle, Western Cape.

Who is on the EDP team for this programme?

Gill Cullinan

Gill@wcedp.co.za

Selwyn Willoughby

Selwyn@wcedp.co.za

City of Cape Town - partnering for resilience

City of Cape Town – partnering for resilience

 

What is this programme all about?

The EDP is providing advice and support to the City of Cape Town (CCT) on how to implement its Resilience Strategy inclusively and collaboratively. Specifically, this programme focuses on five areas

Who do we work with?

For this programme the EDP works with the City of Cape Town officials. There is the potential, however, for some of this work to be shared with Provincial teams as well.

What does the EDP do?

For this programme, the EDP has varying deliverables for each of the five areas. In general, the EDP will:

  • help scope the projects that are as yet undefined,
  • perform system mapping where appropriate,
  • convene, host and facilitate workshops that will explore partnering opportunities,
  • host Adaptive Leadership Masterclasses, and
  • document and report on all findings, recommendations and next steps.

What impact have we had?

  • To date, the EDP has only been working in the areas of water governance and Adaptive Leadership.  Its impact in these two areas is demonstrated, in the first instance, by the fact the CCT has requested that the EDP continue its work, and, in fact, expand the scope of its activities in these two areas.
  • Impact in the water governance area can be seen through the broad range of activities to which the EDP has been asked to contribute.  These include mapping the water landscape, demonstrating water governance tools, facilitating engagements between diverse water users, and assisting in aligning spheres of government to do a hydro-economic study of the Western Cape Water Supply System.

Who is on the EDP team for this programme?

Amanda Gcanga

Amanda@wcedp.co.za

Gill Cullinan

Gill@wcedp.co.za

Selwyn Willoughby

Selwyn@wcedp.co.za

City of Cape Town - Area Economic Development support

City of Cape Town – Area Economic Development support

 

Urban Management is a new function in the City of Cape Town (CCT), and Area Economic Development (AED) is an approach and structure being used to develop local economic development as part of effective Urban Management. The EDP will support the process of defining the role and function of AED as a pilot in the Eastern District of the City

What is this programme all about?

Urban Management is a new function in the City of Cape Town (CCT), and Area Economic Development (AED) is an approach and structure being used to develop local economic development as part of effective Urban Management. The EDP will support the process of defining the role and function of AED as a pilot in the Eastern District of the City.

Who do we work with?

For this programme the EDP works with the City of Cape Town Enterprise and Investment team, as well as the Urban Management Department.

What does the EDP do?

The EDP will complete the following activities:

  • Develop a shared agenda for the project
  • Do a visioning exercise to generate a common goal
  • Complete a stakeholder mapping exercise for the project
  • Define an agreed process for developing minimum norms, standards and guidelines for AED.

What impact have we had?

This programme has not yet started. However, the impact of the EDP can already be seen in the inclusion of partnering principles and tools in the planning process and the project deliverables.

Who is on the EDP team for this programme?

Andile Mxotwa

Andile@wcedp.co.za

Gill Cullinan

Gill@wcedp.co.za

Selwyn Willoughby

Selwyn@wcedp.co.za