Josette Cole, coordinator Mandlovu initiative
Rooms 116/119, ground floor
Centre for popular memory
Historical studies, University of Cape Town, Private Bag
Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7701, SA



The MANDLOVU Development Institute, formerly known as the MANDLOVU Development Initiative, is a non-profit "learning" organization, governed by a trust. Its overarching goal is to become widely known and respected for an ability to harness and focus development skills and knowledge on designing and implementing innovative, integrated, and sustainable, community development initiatives and strategies that palpably contribute to the eradication of poverty, social renewal and, healing of individuals and communities in a post conflict, transitional context.

The work of the MANDLOVU Development Institute currently falls into four broad, inter-linked activity areas:
Community Development, Poverty Alleviation and Healing: the design, facilitation, implementation and, mentorship/support, of community-based or, linked, development initiatives, projects, programmes and activities
Education and Capacity Building for Community Development: the formation and mentorship of new layers/ re-trained community development activists and practitioners
Memory, Documentation and Research (UVIMBA): capturing, holding and sharing the memories, knowledge and, experience, of community organisation and development over time <ETH> making our contribution towards the development of a broader community development "archive" as part of the National Heritage.
Community Development Research and Knowledge Management: capturing, theorising and, applying relevant data and knowledge in order to improve our understanding of innovative and sustainable community development practice

The MANDLOVU approach to community development is based on a core assumption: that for community development work to be relevant and sustainable in a post apartheid context, it needs to inspire, empower and, be authentically grounded in the living and lingering memories, experience and, culture of local citizens.
As a way to test this assumption MANDLOVU piloted its community development principles and approach in an urban regeneration initiative in New Crossroads where MANDLOVU incrementally integrated elements of memory (history), healing (reconciliation) and, cultural celebration into its design and practice.