UNISA Short Course Capacity Development: Building A Successful Non-Governmental Community Organisation)

UNISA Short Course Capacity Development: Building A Successful Non-Governmental Community Organisation)

University of South Africa Short Course Capacity Development: Building A Successful Non-Governmental Community Organisation)


Capacity Development: Building A Successful Non-Governmental Community Organisation) (75760)



To gain knowledge and skills to co-ordinate and participate in a multi-disciplinary, inter-sectoral environment. They will understand the developmental problems that may be encountered in a social development programme as well as the underlying causes and potential solutions when implementing a social development programme. The qualifying student will be able to identify relevant stakeholders and establish and maintain strategic partnerships for service delivery in a social programme. The student will be able to conduct experiential workshop programmes in a social development programme. The student will also be able to understand Participatory Action Research Programmes; local South African development programmes and various capacity building programmes when applied in development practice projects.

Target group

Students who would benefit from this unit standard include government officials, healthcare workers, mental health professionals, and service providers in non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations, faith-based organisations and the corporate sector

Admission requirements

Students must demonstrate proficiencies at NQF level 4 in the following: communicative competence in the medium of instruction at NQF level 4 or equivalent; ability to learn from predominantly written material in English; ability to present and communicate information and opinions in English in well structured arguments with limited support from lecturers and mathematical literacy at NQF 4 or equivalent


Six months

Language medium


Registration periods

Semester dates

Tuition method

UNISA open distance learning combined with a compulsory, experiential workshop of four-days and at the end of the six-month period. Learning material will consist of a study guide supplemented by tutorial letters. The study guide is provided to guide the students through three prescribed texts by way of various self-tasks self-assessment questionnaires and exercises.

Kind of assessment

Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies
Formative assessment:
Students will be assessed by means of two assignments, an open book examination, self-evaluation questionnaires and participation in the four-day workshop. Students must obtain a minimum of 50% for the combined assignments to pass as well as 50% for the open book examination.
Students must achieve a minimum overall of 50% for the two assignments combined. 10% of the assignment mark will contribute towards the final mark.
Workshop performance:
Every student’s quality of participation in the workshop is rated on a five-point scale on a performance questionnaire both by the co students and also by the facilitators of the workshop.
Summative assessment:
Every student also rates him/herself according to the stipulated criteria set out in the questionnaire and the questionnaires completed. 10% of the workshop performance will count towards the examination mark.

Capacity Development: Building A Successful Non-Governmental Community Organisation (DCAP019)
Syllabus/Content Topics
  • Concepts and perspectives of PLA
  • Steps and considerations in designing PLA; Methods and Tools; Implementation and Action
  • Strategies to maximise the incentives and minimise the barriers to participation in a social project
  • Problem and situational analysis; stakeholder analysis; Objectives tree; visioning
  • Facilitating data gathering and processing
  • Monitoring and participatory evaluation
  • A comprehensive background to the principles of experiential and adult learning and group process
  • Principles of adult experiential learning and the differences between adult experiential and traditional learning
  • Building interdisciplinary teams
  • Group dynamics and processes
  • Methods of encouraging participation and open styles of communication
  • The basic theoretical principles of group facilitation
  • Skills for managing conflict
  • Planning and implementation of interventions to integrate and co-ordinate stakeholders
  • An understanding of the basic theoretical premises underpinning self-care


Course leader

Prof J A Nel
UNISA Centre of Applied Psychology
Office 5-154, Theo van Wijk Building, UNISA

Programme administrator(s)

Ms T Mapokgole
UNISA Centre for Applied Psychology
Office 5-152, Theo van Wijk Building, UNISA
Tel: 012 429 8544 / 3951
Fax: 012 429 5368 / 086 554 5909
E-mail: ucap@unisa.ac.za