College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences

Community Asset Mapping (Camp for Change) Program

This Community Engagement Project introduces the concept and methodology of the Community Asset Mapping Program (CAMP) and the subsequent monitoring process of Community Asset Mobilization Programme as a way to affect change in the communities of the Bojanala Region. This project is primarily a Community Engagement Project and as per the Institutional requirements for community engagement, the following outputs can be highlighted:

Research activities and output

  • The role CAMP plays in enabling communities to contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (accredited articles).
  • Development of a mapping tool that is relevant for the global south with the purpose of enabling communities to become their own change agents
  • HIV/AIDs awareness (PhD research).

Tuition activities and output

  • Development of short learning programmes in Community Asset Mapping for Change and Philanthropic Community Foundations
  • Possible introduction of a short learning programme in GIS for teachers.
  • Case studies for use in the GGH3708 module in Environmental Awareness and Responsibility.

Sharing of technical expertise and knowledge

  • As required by the individual communities the team will identify relevant academics in Unisa and outside the institution to assist with the sharing of technical expertise in the communities.

Water Quality and Community Based Tourism Workshop

  • The Department of Geography will present Water quality and Community based tourism workshops in identified communities. At the moment this falls within an outreach programme, and will hopefully develop into community engagement initiative with the required two way collaboration with the community, input into formal tuition and/or have specific research outputs.

GIS Workshop

  • The Department of Geography will present two GIS workshops to teachers in the schools in the area. The purpose of these workshops is twofold, firstly, a possible research output, and secondly to do the ground work for a non-profit SLP for teachers who need to teach GIS.