Sinamandla was formed in October 2007 and is registered with the Department of Social Development as a not-for-profit organisation (NPO 062570) and also a public benefit organisation (PBO 930029029).


Sinamandla assists, capacitates and supports local South African non-profit and community-based organisations to promote self-reliance as a central concept within development networks and practices in local communities.


Socially and economically empowered women within households made vulnerable by poverty, the impact of HIV and AIDS, gender inequalities and other societal injustices.

Strategic Objectives of Sinamandla include:
  • Increased broad awareness and promotion of self reliance as a concept within South Africa;
  • Improved capacity and strengthened SHG projects within local partner organisations that promote self reliance including mainstreaming of gender, HIV and AIDS, and child participation;
  • Increased resource mobilisation to support SHG projects of local partner organisations;
  • Strengthened monitoring and evaluation of Sinamandla and the SHG project of local partner organisations to promote learning and ensure accountability.
Core values
  • Total transparency in the planning, development and implementation of all programmes and financial management;
  • The inclusion of local community-based women from low-income households who wish to participate;
  • The founding of new programmes will be based on prevailing traditional practices that entrench an ethos of self-reliant development,wherever appropriate.;
  • The empowerment of group members, strengthening of families to ensure the well-being of children and overall community development will be integrated into the programme design;
  • The commitment to uphold a rights-based approach in all aspects of the organisation's work.


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