In this study I am looking at how participatory communication methods may be used to support Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in meeting different challenges, and to acknowledge and make better use of their capacity and knowledge.
I have done this by carrying out a qualitative case study based on Ikhala Trust, a micro-fund for CBOs operating within the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. The CBOs participating in the study are working with multi-disciplinary HIV/AIDS initiatives and have all received or are about to receive, small grants and capacity building from Ikhala Trust. The overall research question addressed in this study is “How does the Ikhala model support CBOs in meeting their challenges?”
The theoretical framework mainly influencing this study is the use of participatory communication to promote dialogue and increase participation, and the Communication for Social Change strategy.