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SLF Winter Newsletter - July 2018
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Dear SLF members, supporters and followers,

Welcome to our winter newsletter. We've got tons of exciting news about projects, funding and a shiny new website to update you on!

Thanks to the continued effort of Camilla Thorogood, we can finally share our brand spanking new website which is almost ready to be launched. The new website does not only offer better user experience, it also better communicates the organisation’s values and identity. To have a look, use our original URL: www.livelihoods.org.za.

We are also very excited to announce that SLF has been granted funding from South Africa’s National Lotteries Commission for a new project ‘Lively Hoods to Livelihoods’! In this new project, led by Leif Petersen, we will work with 10 local musicians to reconceptualise and record a number of international music hits in different original South African styles. The project will also include training in sound engineering and music production for the local artists. Each of these musicians will recruit another five artists from their communities to produce new songs. The project will conclude with a public launch of the music produced and a documentary of the project process made in collaboration with Substance Films.

Another fascinating new project, funded by the Centre of Excellence in Food Security and PLAAS, is currently underway. This project, led by Andrew Charman, aims to assess the impact of formal retail malls, supermarkets and wholesalers on informal trading and food security within the Philippi East Industrial Precinct. The fieldwork component, led by Anthony Muteti and Rory Liedeman, has just been wrapped up and has uncovered some intriguing insights into the relationship between formal and informal food retail. Kayla Brown is now in the process of analysing the data, spatially mapping the findings and writing the report, which will be posted on our website shortly.

The Bucket Loads of Health project is progressing full steam ahead and was recently showcased at the Popular Education Network 2018 pre-conference day on Tuesday June 26th, at Community House in Salt River, Cape Town. It was a great opportunity to share our project activities to date and discuss our participatory visual methods used in the project. 

Two other very important moments occurred in the life of the Bucket Loads of Health project this month. Knowledge exchange workshops on the 10th and 18th of July brought a team of water microbiologists from Stellenbosch University (SUN) together with residents from Enkanini and Delft. These workshops provided a unique opportunity for researchers and marginalized community members to share diverse perspectives and understanding about the relationship between water and health.

In other news, Gill Black conducted a seminar for the Public Engagement team at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in May. The intensive interactive seminar focused on ‘hand mapping’ as a method to engage communities to better understand perspectives and experiences of the medical research processes that are conducted with and around them.

Since Rory Liedeman and Farida Ryklief's trip to represent SLF at the Global Syntheses Workshop in Kerala, India, a film has been produced to show the collection of country-specific policy statements from all 5 partners in the programme. The film is called Building Sustainable Inclusion; from intersecting inequalities to accountable relationships and can be found on the IDS website by following the link below.

In June, Andrew Charman presented the Eveline Street exhibition for Street Minds, a platform within Open Streets. The theme of the exhibition was “Township Streets Economies” and the work was displayed in the Civic Centre. The Eveline Street work was also featured in the architecture journal, ArchSA's latest edition. And finally, the book on South Africa's Township Economy by Andrew Charman and Leif Petersen, in collaboration with Thiresh Govender, is in the writing process and is on target to be published in 2019.

Once again, thank you for your continuing support and interest in the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation.
 
 


-Edited by Jess Drewett and Kayla Brown
Lively Hoods to Livelihoods: a new Lottery-funded SLF project
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SLF's hand mapping practices shared at interactive Vietnam seminar
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The Impact of Supermarkets on Informal Business in Philippi East
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Building Sustainable Inclusion: a film from the Global Synthesis Workshop in India
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The Bucket Loads of Health project's latest enagagements
 
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