Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation
SLF is a Cape Town based agency that seeks to contribute towards eliminating poverty through undertaking original research and engaging with marginalised communities. The organisation aims to advance innovative policies and development interventions in order to strengthen livelihoods within the townships and informal settlements of South Africa. SLF recognises that within these settings, the insecurities facing women and girls reflect widespread vulnerabilities that undermine their capacity to engage in economic activity, affect their citizenship and democratic participation, and constrict their active involvement in the public sphere, including leisure activities.
In contributing towards a deeper level of understanding about these vulnerabilities and the socio-economic and political context of gender discrimination in South Africa, SLF has undertaken a series of participatory action research projects. These include: i) researching men and women’s experience and fears of violence in Imizamo Yethu through digital stories; ii) understanding the impact of TB and HIV on women and men as patients, care givers and family members - through digital stories and a theatre for development approach; iii) researching local strategies to address gender based violence and their relationship with building citizenship identity; and iv) understanding the vulnerabilities of women and girls through participatory mapping in Sweet Home Farm. The SLF Project ‘SafeShebeens’, which seeks to reduce the risks of violence to women in public drinking venues, was recently short-listed for the OpenIDEO Amplify Challenge.