Sustainable Development is the concept of using resources to meet the needs of humanity in the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
The SDN provides a space for NGOs, government, and professionals to network and access information and research in sustainable development, health, welfare and in the education and training sectors. The SDN promotes projects and lifestyles that will ensure that our children and their children will be able to sustain themselves now and in the future.
The SDN hosts the following programmes and platforms:
- Networking – enables NGOs access to workshops, conferences, information and other networks working together toward common sustainable development goals. The SDN provides relevant workshops, training and mentoring programmes to assist in meeting these capacity needs.
- Education and training - in South Africa, this programme provides training in financial management, social enterprise development, fundraising and resource mobilisation, PR, media and marketing, creative facilitation methodologies, sustainable service delivery and more, for non-profit organisations and government (see our Resources section).
- One Heart - this programme aims to equip children and youth through the provision of fun, interactive, tested curriculum; after school activities such as trail running, leadership development, and peer to peer learning. The programme also provides mentorship and coaching for at-risk youth (see our programmes page).
“A South African Renewable Energy Guide for Local Government, 2nd Edition.” (Thompson-Smeddle ed., 2015) was funded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The first edition was launched by Helen Zille in October 2012. This guide has been used to train government officials throughout South Africa.
View promotional news clip on YouTube. First edition books can be ordered Here. Second edition books can be ordered Here Soon.
Second Edition South African Renewable Energy Guide for Local Government
Since the publication of the first edition of the South African Renewable Energy Guide for Local Government, the costs related to non-renewable energy generation have increased exponentially, and coal-based energy systems have continued to generate large quantities of dangerous emissions. Conversely, sustainable energy generation has become more cost effective, and in many instances renewables are now more economically viable than non-renewables. This narrowing gap in costs, coupled with an increased awareness of the environmental benefits of renewables, has greatly stimulated the sustainable energy market.
Over the last several years, metropolitan municipalities have engaged with innovative, cost-effective sustainable energy projects and solutions. Medium and smaller municipalities are beginning to understand the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders in the energy sector. They are learning how to work within the confines of the South African national, provincial and local policy, legislative and regulatory frameworks; how to embed renewables within local integrated development plans and strategies; how to utilise appropriate technologies and how to apply financing mechanisms and leverage partnerships for successful project delivery. It is critically important therefore that (particularly) small, medium and rural municipalities continue to explore, and receive capacity-building and support for renewable and energy-efficient solutions.
To empower NGOs, government and the private sector through research, education, training and through encouraging networks and partnerships that will promote sustainable solutions.
To empower NGOs, government and the private sector to work together toward more sustainable economic, environmental and social solutions.
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In the Creative Facilitation workshop I learned that slowing down is critical to finding and nurturing my creativity and innovativeness. I was reminded that in order to change the world, one must begin with small practical ways-at the individual level. A virus begins with one small act! The content was rich and thought provoking; the session was strategically paced. Learning about varying facilitation approaches has radically transformed my approach to work. I loved it! And that which I love, will lead me to my purpose.
Independent Social Consultant
The Social Enterprise workshop taught me to engage my creativity to generate an income that will feed my NPO mission. A professionally delivered workshop!
Business Development Consultant
The Resource Mobilisation Workshop was packed with brilliant information, advice and resources. Importantly, I learned how better to manage line items in a budget. E.g. adapting overheads/OPs costs to better meet a donor’s funding requirement. Also, the idea to offer consulting services was highly valuable. I am definitely interested to attend more sessions.
Muizenberg Improvement District
I left the PR, Media and Marketing workshop filled with new ways to view who we are, and to determine where we want to be. This was a highly beneficial use of my time. Thought-provoking. Challenging. Insightful.
Hangberg Educational Trust
The PR, Media and Marketing workshop was concise and focussed.
It taught me about the importance of networking, listening to the stories of others as well as sharing my own.
Grove Primary School
Informative. Empowering. I feel energised to engage with my staff. The PR, Media and Marketing workshop challenged the functionality of our brand and sharpened our skills!
Evergreen Resource Centre
Sustainable Development Network South Africa NPC Number: K2011/122880/08
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