Our History And Principles

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.

Sustainable Development

The Green Connection has worked with diverse funders and partners, as well as national and local government on various initiatives to foster understanding and awareness about the different aspects of sustainable development.

Our History

The Green Connection was established in 2000. In 2021 the civil society organisation was restructured to be a NPC with a board of directors and it retains it’s section 18A tax benefit status. It consists of a dynamic and multidisciplinary group of individuals and organisations with aim to contribute to sustainable development goals.


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


Technical Reviews

Undertaking technical reviews to strengthen advocacy campaigns for
renewable energy.


Educational Material

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



Engaging with government and civil society around key energy and climate change policy issues.



Participating in collaborative networks at country, and international level.


Annual Reports

For further reading and information, click below for a list of our annual reports.


About Us

The Green Connection was established in 2000. In 2021 the civil society organisation was restructured to be a NPC with a board of directors and it retains it’s section 18A tax benefit status.

Some of the specific areas we work in are:


Climate Change &
Renewable Energy

Educational Resources & Translation


Empowerment in
Environmental Sustainability

Empowering Effective Environmental Impact Assessments

The Green Connection was established in South Africa in 2000. In 2021 the civil society organisation was restructured to be a NPC with a board of directors and it retains it’s section 18A tax benefit status. 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


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 organizations hosted by the Project90by2030

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. Additionally, formed part of One Million Climate Jobs campaign, which was 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).

Our Funders

We appreciate the support of; 350.org, Africa Climate Foundation, Global Strategic Communications Network, Heinrich Broll Foundation, IGSD, Masifundise, Media Labs, Micklefield School, Oak Foundation, Oceans 5, Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute,  WildTrust, Masifundise, Coastal Links, Eastern Cape Environmental Network, groundWork, South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, Natural Justice, Stop Fossil Fuel, Climate Justice Coalition, Centre for Environmental Rights, One Ocean Hub, University of Cape Town (UCT), Nelson Mandela University – Gqeberha and George, Rhodes University – Grahamstown, Open Secrets, OpenUp, Right2Know, Equal Education, WWF South Africa, OUTA, Amadiba Crisis Committee, BLOOM, Brazilian activists opposing Karpowership, Climate Justice Coalition, Climate Justice Network (US-Global South collaborations), Corruption Watch, Don’t Gas Africa forum, Electricity Governance Initiative, hosted by the World Resources Institute, Empatheatre, Environmental Traits in Port Nolloth, Extinction Rebellion, Greenpeace, Kobusch, Oceans Not Oil, One Million Climate Jobs, hosted by the Alternative Information Development Centre (AIDC), Public Interest Law Firms, Reclaim Finance, SboNdaba Dance, South African Youth Climate Change Coalition (SAYCCC), Steenberg Cove Small Scale Fishing, Support Centre for Land Change (SCLC), The Access Initiative (TAI) of the international Open Government Partnership (OGP), Tsitsikamma Fishermen Institute, Urgewald in Germany, WoMin African Alliance