We strive to create and increase economic opportunities as well as facilitate access to markets by providing support and access to critical information about markets.
our main focus areas In Hand in Hand SA is the development of skills and
competencies of our beneficiaries to enable them to take greater control of
their own lives and contribute to inclusive local development. Through social
mobilisation interventions, we build inclusive and competent communities that
will be able to identify viable and desirable interventions, drive implementation
in their communities and ensure that the interventions/programmes benefit the most
vulnerable households which are integral to capacity building.
The shortage of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial skills in Southern Africa is evident and Hand in Hand SA has realised this gap. We strive to create and increase economic opportunities as well as facilitate access to markets by providing support and access to critical information about markets. We achieve this by sharing information on key levers such as the type of goods in demand, quality standards, branding and presentation requirements, and pricing. We are keen to deepen our focus in this area by encouraging entrepreneurs to leverage technology to participate in markets.
For many unemployed people, particularly the
young, job search assistance and other workplace-related training opportunities
will enable the acquisition of skills and workplace experience that is
important for them to access formal skills-biased jobs. We will continue to
deploy a holistic approach to engaging key stakeholders and communities in
enterprise support, training support, community advocacy, and awareness campaigns.
provides support and raises awareness of gender-based violence(GBV) through various projects,
training and support programmes that offer men, women, and children the platform
to voice out their experiences and opinions for the prevention of GBV. GBV refers
to abusive behavior exerted towards an individual or group
of people due to their perceived or factual sexual orientation, gender, and/or identity.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
To improve decision-making processes, Hand in Hand SA has embedded a research and knowledge utilisation culture as one of the main focus Pillars. Our research thrust has an internal and external focus. Internally we will ensure that we conduct and leverage research in our programme design, hereby improving the implementation of our activities. Externally, we will conduct commissioned research, with the aim of building a resource centre that creates value for stakeholders on various social development.
Hand in Hand SA has also identified critical, long-standing key focus areas that not only have a strong impact in Southern Africa but globally. These key areas include Environmental Sustainability, HIV/AIDS, Gender-Based Violence and Psychosocial Support.
The constraints and requirements imposed by COVID-19 restrictions have amplified the need for digital skills among the supported beneficiaries. Hand in Hand facilitates skills training on social media platforms, digital marketing, and online communication among other key areas.