The Green Connection was established in South Africa in 2000 and registered as a Not for Profit Organisation (NGO) in 2010. The organisation is comprised of 66% women and 83% Previously Disadvantaged Individuals (PDI), and prides itself on its relevance to the democratic South Africa. The organisation’s Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) status was approved in 2011.

We are a group of dynamic professionals drawn from diverse fields who offer their insights and perspectives into the achievement of Sustainable Development. The Green Connection believes in team work, and has a wide range of experienced associates who can be drawn into specific projects as appropriate.

Our specific areas of environmental expertise include:

  • Climate Change & Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Governance research and advocacy
  • Development of Educational Resources & Translation
  • Empowerment and Training of youth for Socio-ecological development
  • Policy and Legislature Review

Our principles

The Green Connection believes that empowering people to participate in decision making about their environment is the only way that truly sustainable development can take place.  Our environmental resources are limited and not ours to squander but to protect for future generations.

We believe that economic growth and development, improvement of socio-economic status and conservation of natural resources can only take place within a commonly understood framework of sustainable development. Our organisation aims to provide practical support to both the government and non-government and civil society sectors, which are an integral part of sustainable development.

Who we work with:

The Green Connection works with many partners and associates, including the following:

  • The Green Connection is a South African partner of the global Electricity Governance Initiative hosted by the World Resource Institute (WRI).
  • The Green Connection is a member of the Energy Governance – South Africa network of South African civil society organisations hosted by
  • The Green Connection works with the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI) through their energy and climate change programme, focusing rural energy solutions, climate change awareness and national advocacy.
  • The Green Connection is also part of several civil society advocacy campaigns including the Right to Know campaign about transparency and access to information, as well as the One Million Climate Jobs campaign, hosted by the Alternative Information Development Centre (AIDC).

The Green Connection is part of the civil society The Access Initiative (TAI) which is part of the international Open Government Partnership (OGP).