AASA has a footprint in both urban and rural locations in six provinces across the country. Historically AASA’s focus has been on rural development with seven existing rural local rights programmes (LRPs) in which we have been working for many years, while a new one is due to begin operation in early 2017. Rural poverty remains a key focus of our work, with a commitment to deepen the impact of our programmes and show real change in the lives of communities. At the same time however, we recognise that South Africa has an increasingly urbanised population, with some 60% of the population now living in cities and towns. Over the past three years, AASA has increased its work in urban areas, and will continue to focus on urban spaces between 2017 and 2021, with a commitment to setting up new urban LRPs over this strategic period.
Over the strategy period, AASA will look to move towards more direct control of certain aspects of our LRPs particularly Child Sponsorship and programme oversight, this means LRPs run by AASA staff members but implementing programme work through strategic partnership. We will develop these partnerships with local organisations and community structures to ensure strong and grounded programme implementation. We will also work to build connections between our work in both urban and rural LRPs and integrate LRP work with donor funded projects.