governance: development forums
forums allow community leaders to drive their endeavors and to
projects and policies in interaction with local authorities
with local forums formed by
community members, farmers, youth, local
councilors, developmental agents...
Links between people...
emerged from the initiative of development forums, like for example a
group of vegetable producers or indigenous chicken keepers, a
group involved in tree production (nursery), youth groups...
- ...and with organisations at national and regional levels
Development forum is member of the South African Small
Scale Farmers Networking Forum (SSNF). The SSNF
is a member of the
Regional Farmers Forum, East and Southern Small Scale Farmers Forum
to landMany groups
were farming small plots without
permission from the traditional authorities. With the support of the
development forum, all the groups managed to secure a permission to
to municipality services in agriculture and water delivery
presence of the extension officer representing the
municipality as part of the forum contributed
successfully to the
agricultural support of the municipality. For example, fencing
has been granted by the municipality and the forum divided it
amongst the local farmers’ groups.
development forum is not
an imposed structure nor can it ignore other existing
group has a unique
experience to share and then becomes recognized
beyond its own activity.
A development forum provides a space for
organized groups to
articulate their activities and get
access to services from
Such forums allow the community to exchange
with the outside world through networking
at broader levels.
A development forum supports processes
stakeholders in decision making and as
such empowers community