P.E.A.C.E Foundation – South Africa

P.E.A.C.E. Foundation’s objective to provide disadvantaged communities with the necessary tools, skills and information to facilitate their own development, and, in doing so, improve their educational and socio-economic standards, ultimately, alleviating poverty. In South Africa.

Short description social enterprise

It is the P.E.A.C.E. Foundation’s  intention to impact positively on the livelihoods and quality of life of the beneficiary communities, through the strategic implementation of the P.E.A.C.E. Model, scaling all offerings to size, resources and needs of our beneficiary communities. The core vehicle for the delivery of P.E.A.C.E. initiatives is a cooperative model, addressing all sectors of the economy. The P.E.A.C.E model has proven its efficacy in many communities in 4 regions in South Africa – creating cooperative jobs, improving education and providing essential, centralized services, to support cooperatives.

Short description solution/tool

The concept of a P.E.A.C.E. HUB was born at Ndumo, South Africa. It provided a meeting place for community members (no longer sitting under a tree) and access to the Internet, with laptops and telephones. The HUB included a bakery, a pre-school, an internet café, a kitchen and showers and toilet facilities, including a large Hall for events, functions and indoor sport. The concept of a HUB later expanded to provide a multitude of additional services, mainly to serve Cooperative Businesses in terms of providing a space for bulk-buying and storing raw materials, as well as  branding and selling locally made and grown Cooperative products such as woven baskets, wood carvings and agricultural products for marketing in bulk.

Central to the P.E.A.C.E. model is the strategic delivery of a network of cooperatively run P.E.A.C.E. Hubs within a local municipality, district municipality or traditional land area. The network consists of a central Hub which is connected to smaller satellite centres, known as Pods, in the surrounding area. P.E.A.C.E Hubs promote Local Economic Development (LED) by also providing  access to educational opportunities, improved service delivery and networking opportunities.

Available tools which could be useful for partners to communities, or change agents based in communities:

In the P.E.A.C.E model, one component is to provide a community based cooperative solution by setting up rural waste collection points that network with one another throughout a municipality culminating in a centralized local Buy Back centre.

Attached directly to our waste recycling solutions is the concept of food production using organic waste to grow small vegetable gardens in all available spaces that can benefit from composting from the Buy Back Centres. These spaces and gardens will vary from inner city roof top gardening, to small gardens, space allowing, adjacent to Buy Back Centre in both rural, urban and peri-urban Centres.

The PEACE model stresses the important role that Cooperatives can play in improving service delivery in Municipalities where mismanagement and gross lack of service delivery is rampant. Cooperatives can effectively provide Waste Management, road repair, water, sanitation and solar services where these services are often non-existent. To learn from the PEACE approach to establish cooperatives, see their Berkley Model presentation here: https://peacefoundation.org.za/cooperatives/

Where to find more

Who’s best to contact

  • Nora Tager – founder & executive director

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