ASPECT AFRICA only works with formally registered and recognised CBOs, who have a good track record and have shown a keen interest and motivation to work hard for their communities.
ASPECT AFRICA goes through a process of assessing and workshopping with potential CBO who have shown an interest in volunteers and tourism to promote and up-life their communities while simultaneously looking to promote conservation throughout their area.
Our process to select a CBO starts with initial meetings with the CBO and the other local community structures to asses the viability of them hosting volunteers; this will include taking into consideration:
Ease of access
Potential tourism products for activities (are there established activities or must they be defined and developed)
The ability of Host Families to host volunteers
Health, Safety & Security
Distance from International Airports
Language ability of the community
Type of potential programmes, educational, sports, community or conservation
Once all of the above is deemed satisfactory ASPECT AFRICA will hold further in-depth workshops explaining the pitfalls and success of running an effective volunteer programme, and how to structure and design an exciting volunteer placement with a cost price analysis which looks at how best to cover the running and operational costs for the hosting Community-Based Organisation.
Vince, from ASPECT AFRICA will spend time in the community introduce the types of projects volunteers could do such as organise training sessions for local coaches to learn about sports for social development, which then can be implemented and sustained through volunteer involvement.
This is followed up with questionnaires and inspections of host family accommodations, final decisions of the activities and who, how and when they will happen along with backup plans.
The two CBOs ASPECT AFRICA is connected to currently are CBOs which Vince has been personally connected to for several years, the Malipati Development Trust, Vince first engaged within 2016 and WPWC, was formally registered in South Africa after first starting in 2016 as well.
The Malipati Development Trust
The Malipati Development Trust is a classic CBNRM organisation and has its origins in 2002 as a Community-Based
Natural Resource Management Institution in Ward 15 of the Sengwe Communal lands in the low-veld of Chiredzi South
The trust aims to carry out educational awareness campaigns, educational gala’s in local schools and equip the youth, the elders and the community with relevant information in the importance of wild animals and birds.
The educational galas will be in the form of art, drama, music
Finally, the MDT formally registered in 2008 and was formally
recognised as a formal Community-Based Organisation by the
Chiredzi Rural District Council in 2010 and was extended
again in 2017.
The MDT is formally recognised by and partnered with:
Chiredzi Rural Council
Gonarezhou Conservation Trust
Friends of Mutale
District Department of Education
Objectives of the MDT
To improve the livelihoods of the members of the community through tourism development initiatives enhanced by conservation and sustainable use of natural resources and including the development of specific sites and areas in the community area.
To Improve the incomes of the members of the community through participation in tourism-related products.
In association with relevant authorities promote, protect and coordinate the interests of the community in the conservation and sharing of natural resources.
To do all such activities that are necessary or conducive for the attainment of all or any of the objectives of the trust.
MDT wish is to work and deliver its mandate against the apparent impossible odds of a difficult and challenging operating ground; unemployment is 80% with real incomes being continuously eroded, access to basic commodities and services continue to elude a high proportion of the population.
World Parks, World Cup
VISION: Creating lasting development among communities in the Pafuri Node of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park through sport.
Mission: World Parks,World Cup endeavours to harness the power of sport, to instil in students the ability to think critically, to seek solutions to issues which are relevant to their communities, and to connect conservation and climate change awareness across cross-border communities in the Transfrontier Conservation Area of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP)
Originally developed by Friends of Mutale, World Parks, World Cup, WPWC is a registered South African Non-Profit Organisation a Community Based Organisation made up of talented and dedicated community members of the Makuleke Community, the Mutele Community and Ha-Makuya, who are all now striving to harness the power of sport, to instil in students the ability to think critically, to seek solutions to issues which are relevant to their communities, and to connect conservation and climate change awareness across cross-border communities in the Transfrontier Conservation Area of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP). We have already formed some strategic partners, Coaches Across Continents (CAC), Malipati Development Trust (MDT) to achieve these goals.
Increasing participation in sports is crucial to our programme; to improve overall general health, to educate on how to live healthily and how our bodies work. Our curriculum works to improve health and understanding while focusing our players and students to think critically and about social issues in their communities.
Check WPWC Website
What is Community Based Natural Resource Management?
Community-Based Natural Resource Management, CBNRM, is where communities take on the management of looking after their own natural resources for the present and future benefit of the wider community. The rules of management must be understood and agreed by community members and recognised and respected beyond the community.
These natural resources being those with which the community depend on for their livelihoods and generally mean renewable natural resources, including water, forests, fisheries, rangeland and wildlife.
CBNRM aims to create the right incentives and conditions for an identified group of resource users within defined areas to use natural resources sustainably. This means enabling the resource users to benefit (economically) from resource management and providing strong rights and tenure over land and the resources. CBNRM also supports the development of accountable decision-making bodies that can represent community members and act in their interests.
CBNRM promotes conservation through the sustainable use of natural resources, enables communities to generate income that can be used for rural development, and promotes democracy and good governance in local institutions.
There are often differences of opinion in the best use of natural resources the most common being between extractive and non-extractive industries - mining or tourism, consumptive or non-consumptive - hunting based or not.
The tourism market in South Africa currently generates 712,000 jobs whilst the extractive and environmentally damaging mining sector generates 462,000 jobs.
In the SADAC region nature based tourism generates more than 3x the total agriculture production and is growing 3 - 5 times faster than agriculture year on year.
This is important as the areas where Aspect Africa operate will become hotter with less consistent rainfall patterns but hard and heavy downpours, thereby not making the area viable for mass agricultural production, with water scare it may halt the mining industry which really leaves the tourism route the only viable option.