Historically, the Green Connection has worked with GEF, National Government and local government in various initiative to create understanding and awareness about different aspects of sustainable development.


Undertake research at grass roots level to critique energy and climate change project implementation.

Undertake technical reviews to strengthen advocacy campaigns for renewable energy.

Produce educational material to advance understanding of energy and climate change issues.

Engage with Government and civil society around key energy and climate change policy issues.

Participate in collaborative networks at country, and international level.

The History outlined below provides a perspective of the depth of the skills and recent experiences of the team and includes work done in co-operation with other joint ventures.

Relevant Projects implemented to date:


Energy advocacy project- empowerment of youth for energy advocacy at local government level

Energy Governance South Africa (EGSA)/ Project 90×2030


Review of South Africa’s renewable energy programme and engagement with government over the results

Alternative Information Development Centre (AIDC)


Energy and climate change materials production – part of WOMIN advocacy campaign

African gender and extractives alliance (WOMIN)


Review of South Africa’s renewable energy programme and engagement with government over the results

Electricity Governance Initiative – South Africa (EGI-SA), World Resource Institute (WRI)


CC workshop in Tanzania, part of CC advocacy initiative

Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI)/ Hope for Tanzania


Development of a suite of Climate change awareness materials

Western Cape Provincial Government


Research report into the impacts of coal for advocacy campaign



Responsible fisheries materials development, review and training


Design and implement an environmental management course for international tertiary level students at the University of Cape Town – IES 2009/2015

  • Design course – including sustainable energy module
  • Develop course materials
  • Implement course – lectures, field work and assignments
  • Design evaluation system and assess students



Green Economy

  • On 24th April 2012, Liziwe McDaid was invited to attend a civil society gathering hosted by AIDC and presented a critique of the role of energy in the green economy, and reflected on how civil society might strengthen its participation in this arena.

Going Green

  • In January 2012, Liz presented a short talk on Going Green to this year’s IES students.  The talk covered some of the environmental challenges facing South Africa and how students might play their part in turning problems into solutions. For more information, please visit:  IES Abroad

Analysis of Energy Governance in a low carbon economy – collaboration with Electricity Governance Initiative, OCN, WRI, 2009-2012

  • Collaborate on framework design
  • Analyse case study
  • Engage with stakeholders
  • Build capacity and understanding of energy governance
  • Input into Governmental energy planning processes

Design and implement capacity building course on Responsible Fisheries programme and Sustainable Seafood Initiative – WWF 2007-2012

  • Design course
  • Develop course manual and training materials
  • Implement training workshops
  • Train trainers

What are the implications of the South African Industrial Biofuel Strategy for land, women and the poor in South African rural communities? Dec’ 2010 – May 2011

 Green Connection was contracted by SPP and Oxfam to investigate and produce a report on the potential impacts of biofuels on the poor rural communities of the former homelands. This was a project lasting several months, from end of 2010 to May 2011. The project included a field trip to the Eastern Cape.  Read more…..

Design and implement an environmental management course for international tertiary level students at the University of Cape Town – IES 2009/11

  • Design course – including sustainable energy module
  • Develop course materials
  • Implement course – lectures, field work and assignments
  • Design evaluation system and assess students

Assistance to Government in reviewing EIAMS – DWEA 2011

Environmental Impact Assessment and Management Project

The Green Connection was contracted by the Department of Environmental Affairs from February to August 2011 to help provide input and research into revising and improving the current EIAM process. The GC worked on three different focuses:

  • Status quo and recommendations for improvement of the demographic representivity of the EIA sector
  • Cooperative governance of EIAM
  • Empowerment of marginalised communities

Demographic representivity:

The report found, through interviews, surveys and participatory research, that the EIA&M sector is currently not representative of the sector and needs a formalized system to direct transformation in a more holistic and integrative capacity. There has to be commitment on the part of all sectors to build HDI capacity and integrate HDIs into the work place.

There is the serious concern that the lack of transformation has led to deficits of capacity and institutional memory and therefore transformation is in the country’s best interest, especially in terms of the mandate of the industry to facilitate sustainable development.

This report clarifies the weak links on the process of HDI integration into the EIA&M sector and provides recommendations to foster capacity, develop partnerships and learnerships, access existing funds, programs for development and to promote leadership and skills within HDIs and gender.

In order to fully effect transformation, exposure needs to start at schools, students need to provided with support through their studies and then there must be placement at the end of their studies – it needs to be a proactive program, not a reactive one and cannot be sustained by BBBEE alone.

Finally policies must be put in place that allow monitoring and learning from the process.

Capacity Building for Community activists to engage with decision-makers, Electricity Governance Initiative, (supported by HBS) – 2011

  • Facilitated the energy caucus meeting
  • Held capacity building workshops for community activists on current energy issues
  • Facilitated community activists’ engagement with Members of Parliament

Research into alternative energy future for South Africa – collaboration with 350.org, Bank Information centre (BIC), 2009/2010

  • Reviewed renewable energy internationally and locally
  • Analysed case studies
  • Put forward recommendations to improve energy planning process

Building capacity for climate resilience in nature-based enterprises in rural communities, NamaqualandSKEPPIES, 2010

  • Increasing climate change awareness of local communities
  • Building capacity to access and incorporate climate change adaptation
  • Providing support for climate resilience

Support to Water Verification Process for Jan Dissels river, Provision of Support Services to the Olifants/Doorn WMA – Dept of Water Affairs and Forestry, 2004- 2010

  • Consultative process with interested and affected water users, including potential water users
  • Validation and verification of existing lawful water use
  • Investigation into water-use activities in the Olifants River
  • Support to emerging farmers and ad hoc support to DWAF

Design and implement capacity building and pilot intervention re: climate change impacts on ecosystems in the Succulent Karoo to enable integration of such issues into local policies and land-use – CEPF, DG Murray Trust, Climate Action Partnership (CAP), Western and Northern Cape, 2007/09

  • Manage project
  • Develop capacity building materials
  • Conduct survey
  • Facilitate workshops
  • Coordinate website design

Design and produce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency communication tool – Sustainable Energy Africa, Cape Town, 2007

  • Review Renewable energy potential for South Africa (desk top)
  • Review Energy efficiency potential for South Africa
  • Develop sustainable energy scenario
  • Research priority measures to achieve sustainable energy path

Compilation of Land reform strategy West Coast Region – West Coast District Council, 2005

  • Analysis of environmental opportunities and constraints in the region
  • Integration of sustainable development into Land Reform Strategy
  • Design and Facilitation of stakeholder engagement process

Thank you letter from CEPF

Letter from CEJ

The Green Connection team have worked extensively in fields including Community Development, Land Reform, Training, Materials Development, Research, Financial Management, Environmental Justice and other fields.