What has been the most significant contribution of the NSC (as a group)?
"The NSC is made up of diverse individuals with varying technical expertise that contribute a lot in terms of the successful running of the organisation. They also are people who are from different parts of the country and therefore there is a fair representation of all provinces around the country. This ensures that the organisation is not biased to one part of the country only.
The NSC members are also involved in development work in their Organisations and provided substantive input in terms of experience and lessons learnt that has improved SGP programme. We have provided support not only in project reviews but have also participated in site visits and have been able to appreciate what SGP is doing in a practical way. Having been the ambassador of SGP at meetings, I have been able to raise its visibility. I have also assisted in conflict resolution and resource mobilization for specific projects. [...] The NSC in Zimbabwe played a pivotal role in the negotiation for STAR funds."
In your view, what is the most unique aspect of SGP?
"In my view, SGP deals with the under-privileged of the society who want to make a difference in their own small way but are not able to. Therefore, the SGP provides them with that platform. Each additional small idea incites a significant change for society.
Furthermore, SGP's ability to address global environmental challenges in a local way by tapping the knowledge, capacity and potential entrenched within communities is special. And so is its ability to achieve results despite the lean office staff structure and the small funds/grants given to communities and its ability to build communities' capacity to manage their own development. SGP has also the ability to network, building partnerships and linkages both at downstream and upstream levels with CBOs, NGOs, government staff, and donor partners. Overall, SGP is well defined and has systems to deal with programmatic and administrative issues."