Marli is a social entrepreneur with 15 years business development experience in the non-profit sector, having developed alternative and sustainable income streams, assisting organisations to be less reliant on donor funding.
More recently Marli has started using her invaluable experience in this sector towards a shared and holistic developmental purpose.
“With so much effort and money pumped into development, why are we still collectively creating results that nobody wants?”. (Otto Scharmer, MIT)
No individual, team, organisation or government department can achieve success in isolation. We are all part of ONE system.
Alongside Ranyaka Community Transformation, she works with non-profit organisations, government and civil society movements to create collective impact in specified towns / communities by helping them understand the bigger picture and creating a common agenda. Marli and Ranyaka facilitates collaboration between these multiple sectors streamlining their focus and playing to their strength within the context of their geographical and thematic ecosystems.
Through an integrated community development approach, they assist non-profit organisations to become financially sustainable by turning their industry related challenges into income-generating opportunities, narrowing the gap between a profit seeking financial sector and a struggling social sector.
She believes that together we can CoCREATE platforms that encourage cross-sector innovation in aim of collective impact in South Africa’s towns and communities.
Marli spent 10 years with the International NGO, WWF’s local office focusing on business development and is currently also spear-heading the organisation’s largest investment in sustainable income generation.
Marli is a Board Member for the Social Enterprise: Fix Forward.
Self-development includes a btech degree: Public Relations Management: Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Transforming Business, Society & Self: edex MIT Creativity in Social Innovation: Stellenbosch University Sustainability Institute
Towards a Social Enterprise: Social entrepreneurship academy
Entrepreneurship Knowledge and Acceleration Programme: Stellenbosch University Nedbank Launchlab
Pursuing Collaborative Community Development for Collective Impact
The community development landscape is complex by nature. At the core of the problem lies the fact that well-intentioned development efforts are disconnected and as a result, typical macro and micro interventions are not responding effectively to the challenges facing our country. Ranyaka Community Transformation was established to address this very issue. As a social enterprise, Ranyaka focuses on sustainable community transformation, but not in the traditional sense of the word. Ranyaka implements a collaborative community development model in specific geographical areas – towns, neighbourhoods and communities. The organisation integrates the planning and investment strategies of the local municipality, non-profit and civil society entities – as well as local business. The objective is collective impact as opposed to isolated impact to achieve social cohesion by facilitating collaboration amongst these multiple sectors. This takes place through ongoing dialogue and the roll-out of a sustainable community development process. By serving as a “switchboard”, connecting stakeholders and facilitating cross-sectoral integration, we aim to address the disconnects that currently hamper sustainable development throughout South Africa. Our interventions are not only aligned with government legislation, regulatory requirements and development policies, but also promote active citizenry and effective public-private-community partnership.