How we work
PACSA is a faith-based social justice and development NGO that has been in operation since 1979. PACSA operates in the uMgungundlovu region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and focusses on socio - economic rights, gender justice, youth development, livelihoods and HIV & Aids. Our work and our practice seek to enhance human dignity. We are convinced that those who carry the brunt of the problem must be a part of the solution - at the heart of PACSA’s core strategy is the notion “nothing about us without us.”
PACSA has two strategies:
Grassroots organisations act in their own names and are accompanied in their own advocacy and development.
We understand accompaniment as critical solidarity with those who suffer indignity; through this solidarity we strengthen each other as we construct a new world. Through our core strategy of Process Facilitation we provide:
- Spaces in which to identify, develop and refine strategies.
- Assistance to organisations to identify their own developmental goals and take the necessary steps towards achieving them.
- Support to groups as they build their movement and their voice.
- Facilitation of useful linkages within the wider community.
- Specialist services, as and when required, including training, research and communication support among others.
Building Social Justice Activism
PACSA acts in its own name to build social justice activism in the broader society. We reach out to the broader community to grow consciousness and support for justice issues. This is done by:
- Conducting research and advocacy to contribute to a world in which all can live with dignity.
- Disseminating information and communications
- Organising events to reach out to a broad public audience.
- Encouraging open dialogue.
- Networking with other organisations and churches at regional, national and global levels.
Principles of Practice
Drawing on the past three years of action-reflection, practice development and feedback from our partners in the field and in struggle, PACSA developed the following nine principles of practise to guide how we work and to hold us accountable to our intention in the world. These principles form the basis of PACSA’s accountability to our partners and our internal performance management system.
- I am the most powerful “tool”
- Hold spaces to get a shared outcome
- We ask critical questions to open the process and deepen an understanding of context
- Our Primary resources for the work are peoples’ agency including their experience, skills, knowledge, expertise and connections
- Asking, conversing, imagining, we walk together in a co-created journey
- We are in genuine relationships of solidarity with people/groups which respect autonomy based on shared principles of dignity and social justice
- We connect people to people to enable learning, solidarity and using their power together to effect the social change they desire
- We contribute to social change and movements for social justice
- We don’t do anything for someone if they can do it themselves