Research projects


FLOW- Fostering Local Well-Being


The FLOW project was a two-year long, University of Cape Town African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) research project that took place in two South African municipalities – the Greater Kokstad Municipality in KwaZuluNatal, and the Bergrivier Municipality in the Western Cape, from August 2014 – September 2016. The project engaged out-of-work, out-of-school local youth – the FLOW Ambassadors - to build both individual and community capacity to thrive and innovate in the face of the growing challenges of climate change, resource depletion and inequality. Key activities included asset mapping, local storytelling on mobile phones, personal development, local government engagement and the introduction of two community currencies. Flow has produced several resources which can be accessed here.


 To improve and support local well­being and self determination. It was designed to specifically address the following key South African challenges:

  • Poverty, inequality and dependency
  • Youth unemployment and lack of skills
  • Environmental challenges (eg. climate change, resource depletion, pollution, and others)
  • Lack of money to do projects and start businesses

Project Focus Area

The FLOW project focused on:

  • Youth leadership and skills development
  • Local economic development through facilitated community exchange.

The program had a strong emphasis on bolstering local adaptive capacity to climate change through developing social and green entrepreneurial skills and opportunities.