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SCAT is a veteran human rights   and social justice, philanthropic (re-granting) organisation which has been in existence for 34 years. We have pioneered and developed a model of development that has been acknowledged as both empowering and sustainable with tangible impact at the local level. SCAT was founded during in the early 1980s by three trustees who believed there was a need to provide grants to organisations to promote community-based control, which was seen as a critical component of transformative development, and the creation of a strong civil society and good governance. This role is as relevant today as it was more than thirty years ago. Our mission is to empower communities, strengthen civil society, and promote social change in partnership with local development agencies which act as community-driven responses to social justice. We partner with community-based organisations which we refer to as local development agencies (LDAs). This means that a) they are situated in the community they intend to serve; b) they are aimed at developing the community; and c) they are agencies of change in the community.

Working in LDAs local people   learn to work together, as committee and staff, to strategically advocate for improvements in service and governance; how to plan and budget; how to account for money that was spent; how to allocate resources; and how to build partnerships. We focus on the promotion of social justice through access to justice, gender equality, local economic development and youth empowerment. The SCAT model relies on active citizenship. Active citizens mould their own future, and are not passive recipients of government-sponsored development. A bottom-up, people-centred development approach is embraced by SCAT. SCAT focuses on self-reliance and LDAs embrace this. SCAT encourages accountability and transparency between the LDA and the community and the LDA and the donor. Another key element in our approach is building the status of women in communities and the development of youth through the experience of running, and working in, LDAs.