Learning is foundational to SALT Alliance, and is one of the key reasons for its existence. Learning happens in the following ways:
Expert learning where SALT Alliance Members meet together and receive training from an expert in a field where they need to increase their understanding and skills.
Peer to peer (horizontal) learning where a SALT Alliance Member shares expertise that they have or where Alliance Members share their experiences, struggles and successes related to a specific topic.
Community learning where SALT Alliance Members facilitate learning sessions with community groups in order to teach, learn and enable learning between community groups.
Previous learning topics These include:
Working with change agents
Designing pathways to change (theories of change)
Defining and monitoring programme outcomes
Organisational gender policies
Contextualised bible study as a community development tool
Family Impact’s model of strengthening family through local church
Current learning topics SALT Members are currently exploring the following topics:
Sustainable family approaches
Leadership for community transformation
Building capacity of community groups
research is a relatively new area for SALT Alliance, but one which is set to
SALT Alliance sees that it has a role to play in bringing grassroots community
understanding and knowledge into the development and academic arena. This is possible because of
the position of Members as non-profit organisations working at a community level.
research is made freely available.
The challenges of widowhood in KZN
TWR-SA recently completed a study on widows in five villages in rural KwaZulu-Natal. This research has clearly shown that widows are a vulnerable people group.
Further to the TWR-SA study, SALT Alliance has developed a Research Toolkit that can be downloaded. This toolkit provides a research study (questionnaire), guidelines on disseminating the information gathered, material for reflection and discussion by the organisation/church with regards to widows, and the Biblical mandate to care for widows.
SALT Alliance is in the process of drawing together their findings related to their work 2011 – 2015 with various types of community change agents – in school youth, older youth, church leaders and women. The are seeking to answer the question: "“What are factors that influence behaviour change and
what is the role of change agents in these changes in behaviour?”
"The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy.
I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness."