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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Koagetse, Motlapele Sylvia
Email motlapele@gmail.com
URN etd-01172012-115724
Document Title The impact of a development centre approach on poverty alleviation in Region A of the City of Johannesburg
Degree MSW
Department Social Work and Criminology
Advisor Name Title
Prof A Lombard Supervisor
  • sustainable development
  • partnerships
  • self-reliance
  • empowerment
  • capacity building
  • participation
  • community development
  • developmental approach
  • poverty
  • developmental social welfare approach
  • development centre approach
  • Greater Midrand Development Centre
  • poverty alleviation
Date 2011-09-08
Availability unrestricted
One of the most important issues facing the South African democracy is that of breaking the grip of poverty on a substantial portion of its citizens. In South Africa, Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) play a major role in the development of assistance for the poor and in reducing poverty. As an NPO, the Greater Midrand Development Centre (GMDC) has played an important role in supporting and encouraging the development aspirations of Region A of the City of Johannesburg community in the areas of Agricultural projects, bakery, poultry and paper making.

The aim of the study was to determine the impact of the Development Centre Approach (DCA) on poverty alleviation in the Region A of the City of Johannesburg community and to make recommendations on policy priorities and challenges that will fast track developmental social service delivery within a Development Centre Approach. The study focused on the GMDC poverty alleviation projects in five selected areas. The study followed a qualitative research approach. Data was collected by means of one-on-one interviews and focus groups by means of semi-structured interview schedules. The participants of the focus groups involved both those beneficiaries who were still attending the GMDC poverty alleviation projects, and those who have exited the development centre poverty alleviation projects.

The one-on-one interviews involved five project leaders, members of the board, staff members, and officials from the Department of Social Development.

The findings indicated that the GMDC has played a crucial role in terms of poverty alleviation of the beneficiaries. From the study it was concluded that the poverty alleviation projects of the GMDC appear to be alleviating the poverty of the beneficiaries by addressing some of their basic needs to a certain extent by improving a livelihood, but nonetheless still not reducing their poverty levels. The study recommends the development of a clear exit strategy which is understood and supported by beneficiaries. The exit strategy should include factors and elements which will promote sustainability, such as business and entrepreneurial skills; knowledge on equipment; material; a marketing strategy; and a strategy or guidelines on networking, including donors and financing institutions.

2011, University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the University of Pretoria

Please cite as follows:

Koagetse, MS 2011, The impact of a development centre approach on poverty alleviation in Region A of the City of Johannesburg, MSW dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-01172012-115724 / >


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