Our impact

As a learning organisation, Afesis periodically assesses the impact we have on the communities and partners with whom we work. We continuously analyse the progress the programmes we implement have made towards the attainment of the organisation’s broad strategic goal of supporting the emergence of an active citizenry and good local governance. Moreover, our impact assessment interrogates the following key principles that are meant to underpin Afesis work:


  • What impact have our programmes made in the lives of the people we targeted as well as in the communities we worked in?
  • How relevant, effective, efficient and sustainable have our programme interventions been?
  • What lessons can be drawn from the programmes that can be carried forward to inform our future programme planning?

 Afesis continuously evaluates the impact and the progress each of the programmes have made, pertaining to:



  • To what extent do the programmes respond to the needs and priorities of the target groups?


  • To what extent has the quality of life of the target group improved?


  • To what extent can activities, results and effects be expected to continue after Afesis's involvement has ended?
  • Has the capacity of the target group been developed in a manner that ensures that they are able to carry the work being supported by Afesis on their own?

Our work

Conference and Round Tables

  • Deepening Local Democracy Conference – JHB, November 2016
  • Democracy at a local level Round Table – Durban, November 2017


Social Audits

  • Parkridge and Bamford Social Audit – 2016
  • Glenmore Social Audit – 2017
  • Scenery Park Social Audit – October 2019


  • SABC Ilungelo Lako – 2018
  • SABC Democracy Gauge – 2019


  • Follow Your Vote Community radio discussions:
    • Alfred Nzo FM (Mount Frere, Mount Ayliff, Ntabankulu, Kokstad, Matatiele.)
    • Inkonjane FM (Lusikisiki, Flagstaff, Bizana)
    • Forte FM (Alice, Middledrift, Fort Beaufort, Balfour, Seymour)
    • Ngqushwa FM (Peddie, King William’s Town, Stutterheim, East London, Grahamstown)
    • Nkqubela FM (Port Elizabeth, Jeffrey’s Bay, Humansdorp, Addo, Kenton-on-sea, Port Alfred, Kirkwood, Uitenhage, Alexandria)
    • Takalani FM (Aliwal North, Lady Grey, Sterkspruit, Burgersdorp, Molteno, Jamestown, Barkly East)
    • Izwi Lethemba FM (East London, Komga, King William’s Town, Bhisho, Stutterheim, Maclean Town, Kei Road, Peddie)
    • Kumkani FM (East London, Bhisho, Peddie, Stutterheim, Kei Road, King William’s Town)
    • Kouga FM (Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay, Port Elizabeth)
    • Ngqushwa FM (Peddie, King William’s Town, Stutterheim, East London, Grahamstown)


  • Daily Dispatch Public Dialogue – Political debate in the times of state capture – November 2018
  • Daily Dispatch Public Dialogue – Battle of the Manifestos – March 2019


  • SALGA MPAC training – 2011
  • ABS Social Audit training
    Scenery Park Social Audit – 2016
  • Managed Land Settlement training – 2017
  • Voter Education Community radio station training workshop – April 2019
  • Voter Education Community Radio Reflection Session – September 2019

Newspaper articles and opinion pieces

  • Daily Dispatch
  • Herald
  • The Star
  • Isolezwe
  • Huffington Post
  • The Go & Express
  • RNews
  • EC Journal
  • East London Rising Sun
  • Mail & Guardian


Afesis speaks

  • Eastern Cape Upgrading of informal settlements forum at Department of Human Settlements
  • Buffalo City Metro (BCM) civic education dialogue – Nontando Ngamlana


  • Shayisfuba
  • Dying for Gold