SLF Winter Newsletter - July 2019
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Dear SLF members, supporters and followers,

Welcome to our winter newsletter. 

And so the second part of 2019 has begun! Over the past three months the SLF team has been busy in a range of research, engagement and innovation activities. Among all of this work has been a series of ongoing programmes and projects to drive SLF in its broader ambition of enhancing livelihoods for people in South Africa's marginalised spaces.

Delft Youth Action Programme
The new SLF project, Delft Youth Action Programme (DYAP), is gaining momentum. We will be working with young people at risk in a series of life-positive activities in a process to qualitatively measure how such programmes can impact on risky drinking incidences and behaviour. DYAP will use a participatory approach to engage Delft youth through film, skateboarding and music to influence positive and responsible lifestyles. To find out more about this new exciting project, and the project mentors, click on the link below, and for project updates, stay tuned via @DelftLivesMattr

Visiting Scholar
SLF recently hosted Assistant Professor Joel Bothello from the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University. SLF is collaborating with Joel to research organisational resilience in informal markets. During his stay, Joel was accompanied by Antony Muteti into the field to interview entrepreneurs as well as members of local community organisations.

Joel has vowed to make a return visit to Aneesa’s for a Gatsby on his next visit to Cape Town.
Training in Participatory Visual Methods
Rory Liedeman facilitated a digital storytelling (DST) workshop in collaboration with the Human Sciences Research Council - Centre of Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (HSRC CeSTII). The main goal of the workshop was to inform CeSTII’s research into innovation of small informal businesses, but it also created an opportunity to build facilitator capacity in the CeSTII team, providing practical training and experience in Participatory Visual Methods.

Lively Hoods to Livelihoods
In May, the Lively Hoods to Livelihoods project went live! The Lively Hoods artists Simmah Mahlanyana, Tremaine Barnes, G-Major-O, Lucas Jones, and Ta-Bongz, who hail from all over South Africa, took to the stage at AfrikaBurn 2019. These talented artists were well received by a multitude of Burners, who enjoyed hearing their stories through their music. A big thank you to everyone who helped make this happen! Stay tuned for the project's collaborative album State of the Nation, and further project developments.

Facilitating public engagement in science on the Thai Myanmar border
Dr. Gill Black is continuing to support public engagement for the global REACH project. In May Gill partnered with Professor Phaik Yeong Chea of MORU, PY’s team at the SMRU, and Dr. Alun Davies of KEMRI, to facilitate a participatory visual methods workshop in Mae Sot, northern Thailand. Through this workshop, members of the 10 year-old Tak Province Community Advisory Board collectively produced a short film illustrating their perspectives on what it means for people who live in neighbouring Myanmar to participate in medical research. Our partnership on REACH provides a great opportunity to work with a brilliant group of international researchers and strengthen SLFs capacity in the practice and ethics of public engagement in science.

Gill Black co-facilitated a participatory visual methods workshop in Mae Sot, northern Thailand
Continuing Collaboration
SLF's work in engagement and visual methods also recently featured at a mini-conference on safe water research where Gill Black gave a key note presentation on our Bucket Loads of Health project. The conference was hosted by Professor Wesaal Khan in the Microbiology Department of Stellenbosch University. Our participatory and creative approach to community engagement was shared alongside a range of international research projects ranging from explorations of predatory bacteria to the challenges of transdisciplinary research in resource poor settings. We are looking forward to continued collaboration with Wesaal and her team in the near future.

Jess Drewett and Gill Black were delegates at a Safe Water mini-conference hosted by the Stellenbosch University Microbiology Department
Once again, thank you for your continuing support and interest in the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation.

Delft Youth Action Programme (DYAP)

Lively Hoods goes Live at AfrikaBurn


Digital Storytelling workshop
An Age of Informality: the regulatory crisis in the township economy

SLF Welcomes Prof. Bothello
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