SCAT Objectives

To achieve our mission of empowering communities, strengthening civil society and promoting social change we have the following objectives:

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Strengthen LDAs through grants, capacity building and support in order to promote active citizenry

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Promote locally driven solutions to access to justice, gender equality, youth empowerment, service delivery and food security

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Partner with civil society organisations to promote social justice and learning.

SCAT was founded in the early 1980’s by three trustees who believed there was a need to provide grants to organisations to promote community-based control. This was seen as a critical component of transformative development and the creation of a strong civil society and good governance. These community based organisations are termed Local Development Agencies (LDAs) because they are agents of change in the communities where they work.

 

Over the years we have refined a model of indigenous grant-making that has proved to be empowering and sustainable, and these funds enable a tangible impact at the local level. A bottom-up, people centred development approach is promoted and SCAT encourages accountability and transparency between the LDAs, the community and the donor.