Vision and goals for the Ubuntu project
The Ubuntu projects vision is to contribute in improving the social and economical situation for young inhabitants in townships surrounding Queenstown. The overall goal is to reduce and prevent poverty and crime. The project goal is for the participants to receive a pay check and for the business to generate financing for project aimed to aid children and youth in the local community.
As of September 2005 the project managers received training, guidance and counseling from Nina and Hilde Marie. Being a self-help project it’s vital that the local participants in Queenstown develop a sense of ownership and main responsibility. When the business is up and running on its own, the project managers wishes to train other young people to start similar projects in other townships throughout South Africa.
The Ubuntu project is based on the strategy of self-help. This strategy implies cooperation based on the needs, wishes and resources of the recipient country. To ensure mutual respect an acknowledgement of existing social and cultural differences we have focused on empowerment, dialog, communication and flexibility. One of the tools is to use the term of partnership, bringing the recipient country’s competence and ownership into the developing process. By making use of one of the most widespread tools for aid management, Logical Framework Approach (LFA), we designed the project. This method has been used for more than 30 years. The entire project focuses on entrepreneurship as a foundation of understanding resources. Combining entrepreneurship and microfinance in the project we use what we see as the most promising tool in ending poverty.