to the EDP
How we work
The Western Cape Economic Development Partnership, known as the EDP, was established in April 2012 by over 150 institutional stakeholders to improve the performance of the Cape Town and Western Cape socio-economic development system. The EDP provides partnering tools, training and tactics to achieve socio-economic change.
Why is partnering important?
Many of the socio-economic problems facing our society are complex and persistent. Solutions to these problems are not easily found, and usually cannot be implemented by any single entity. Partnering, and an understanding of systems as a whole, are essential to finding the right people to work together to implement these solutions.
What we do
We help partners from different sectors – public, private, civil society, philanthropy, education and research – to work together to grow the local, metropolitan and regional economy in an inclusive way, and to address system challenges.
The staff of the EDP have direct experience in facilitating cross-sector collaboration in many different localities and contexts and around multiple issues and challenges:
Inclusive economic growth, through strengthening township and informal economies
Area economic development
Municipal – business cooperation
Small business ecosystem support
Cross-municipal boundary collaboration
CBD and urban regeneration
Precinct and neighbourhood management
Agriculture and rural development
Drought-responses, catchment management and water systems governance
Energy risk management
Smart city growth
Collaborative sector investment strategies
Inclusionary and social housing
Transport and mobility
Socio-economic data collaboration
We offer these specialist services:
- 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.
- Capacity development, including adaptive leadership masterclasses and simulations, executive short courses, and participatory and situated learning.
- 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.
As a team, we prioritise collaborative and respectful relationships to work effectively with our partners.
We specialise in partnering practices for whole-of-government – across silos, disciplines, departments, spheres, spaces and boundaries – and whole-of-society – connecting public, private, non-profit, community, knowledge sectors.
We have expertise in town planning, economic and social development, environmental management, urban management, law, history and memory, water governance, organisational and leadership development, project management, and communications.
Outcomes of effective partnering and change processes
The EDP helps partners to develop capabilities to promote inclusive economic growth and social cohesion:
- Diagnose the root causes and develop a common understanding of system problems
- Deal with conflict, work with power, and balance diverse interests in sensitive contexts
- Shift from polarised discourses to a common language
- Build respectful relationships, trust and mutual accountability
- Inclusive storytelling and communication
- Deliver collective impact and shared value
- Create an enabling public sector environment for community and business initiatives
- Create safe spaces for experimentation, learning and doing things differently
- Understand and navigate the public sector authorising environment
- Convert policies, frameworks, strategies and plans into action
- Develop a collaborative institutional culture
- Achieve greater levels of influence over parts of the system you don’t directly control
- Data and systems intelligence, and alignment of data producers and users
- Participatory learning
- Ensure that change is politically supportable and practically implementable
EDP governance and funding
The EDP is an independent not-for-profit company (NPC) and is governed by a Board of Directors. The EDP is a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) number: 930050144.
The EDP receives funding from the Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town, other municipalities within the Western Cape, the South African National Government and ad hoc donors.
Get in touch
Phone: +27 (0) 21 832 0200
Address: 24th floor, Atterbury House, 9 Riebeek Street, Cape Town, 8000