At its inception PACSA’s work was focused
on creating awareness amongst White
Christian of the evils of apartheid and the
reality of the life of Black South Africans.
In addition to workshops and publications
PACSA documented state violence and
political detentions and trials; mobilising
churches in support of the anti-apartheid

In the period leading up the negotiated
settlement and democratic elections PACSA
played an important role in building reconciliation
between communities and former enemies and
seeking a new development trajectory, in
partnership with the new democratic state, to
consolidate democracy and eradicate the underdevelopment,
a legacy of apartheid. This shift in
focus towards development coincides with the
reconstruction and development commitment
after apartheid

By 2008 a general sense of disillusionment with
the state set in, seen in sporadic violent protests
across South Africa; an articulation by poor 
communities that they feel excluded and actively
impoverished by both political and economic
systems; and the formation of social movements
which questioned whether state-led public
participation processes and the traditional notions
of development will deliver a dignified life as
envisioned during the struggle against apartheid.

PACSA agreed to adopt Developmental Process
Facilitation as our core practice and to focus more
intentionally on practice development. This led to
an organizational restructuring in 2012 by
dissolving its 3 programmes and 2 units and
creating one programme (or practice) team, retrained
all its staff in Developmental Process
Facilitation and created a number of
organizational systems and processes.
Three years we have supported 18 self-organized
community groups/organisations, 10 groups are
registered NPO’s, consisting of 884 persons,
working in 27 communities in 5
municipalities in the Umgungundlovu District
in the KwaZulu-Natal Province.
These 18 organizations are the primary
beneficiaries of our work which includes providing
organizational development support, mentoring,
strategic input, support their activities and regular
reflection and learning on deepening their work.
These 18 organizations in turn work as change
agents in their communities, the secondary level of


Process Facilitation is a partnership relationship between
PACSA and grassroots community groups who are fighting
for social change. For over the years PACSA has been
facilitating the developmental process of over 18 community
partners involved with various developmental goals in their
spaces. The relationships does not impose ideas on these
community groups, rather supporting their struggles for
more progress. Through constant engagements
community groups draft milestones of what they seek to
achieve, receive guidance, training and support towards
achieving each milestone.
Whatever interventions are made with affected groups,
PACSA’s work should not do harm to the situation.

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