Tswane Leadership Foundation

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Tswane Leadership Foundation

South Africa
Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
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Deeply influenced by his own experiences of the challenges of life in urban city centers, Stephan de Beer founded an initiative that regenerates inner cities in a sustainable, socially inclusive way using local assets and building local ownership.

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Stephan is building an urban movement of community organizations and civic participation that is supported by local resources and people. His work is fueled by the value of "radical inclusiveness" and uses the diversity in cities as an asset rather than an obstacle. Most notably, he leads a social incubation unit in the inner cities of Tshwane, reaching more than 30,000 people. Stephan believes that inner cities are uniquely positioned to model both racial and economic integration. The first step is celebrating and promoting the successes that exist but are too often overshadowed by negative realities. Then Stephan uses the structure of the Tshwane Leadership Foundation to incubate, operate, and eventually spin off community-owned restoration and revival projects that build necessary social infrastructure. This process succeeds by mobilizing local resources of all kinds and building locally owned institutions. Initiatives in operation include a care center for the homeless, legal aid, day care, and a social housing company that oversees 189 affordable units. Each project is designed to become a model replicable in other cities, and Stephan works with policymakers to institute them locally and nationally.