Partnerships are core to our sharing and learning approach, adding immeasurably to the work we do and the impact we have. Whether academic or practical, global or local, collaboration builds the picture.

Core partners include:

A global organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs — individuals with innovative and practical ideas for solving social problems. Rucore director Paul Cohen is an Ashoka fellow. Current work together involves water collaboration, youth leadership and rural innovation and farming.

Lemba Cultural Association
Represents the Lemba, an ethnic group of people in southern Africa who have a common descent to the Jewish people. Our collaboration is on sustainability and youth education programs.

Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Program (GEF SGP)
The GEF SGP aims to deliver global environmental benefits in the GEF Focal Areas of biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, protection of international waters, prevention of land degradation, and elimination of persistent organic pollutants through community-based approaches. Partnership projects include eco-building at Tlholego and biodiversity in rural communities at Thandanani.

Border Rural Committee (BRC)
BRC is a non-governmental organisation working towards pro-poor rural development in the central and eastern parts of the Eastern Cape Province for economically disadvantaged communities. Together we are working on ecological sanitation at Cata Village in the Eastern Cape.

Sustainability Institute
Established in 1999, the Institute focuses on learning for sustainable living and is based within the Lynedoch EcoVillage Development, Stellenbosch. Paul Cohen, executive director of Rucore Sustainability Foundation, completed his Masters in Sustainable Development there and continues to have a close working relationship around sustainability issues.

Farm & Garden Trust
Supports and builds Abalimi Bezekhaya (urban agriculture (UA) and environmental action (EA) association operating in Cape Town)  its leading food security model – with the intention to replicate, promote and support this type of activity in South Africa in order to develop a thriving national micro-farming movement in South Africa. F&G Trust is Rucore’s partner in providing 18A tax deductions for supporting farming and gardening communities in South Africa.

Food & Trees for Africa
South African national social enterprise addressing sustainable development through climate change action, food security and greening, with a strong focus on environmental and global warming education and awareness. Rucore has a long-standing relationship in sustainability issues and permaculture education, including Rucore providing permaculture training to their employees.

University of Pretoria
UP is the leading research university in South Africa and one of the largest in the country. Partnership involves developing a joint program to support senior students in architecture, town planning, civil engineering and quantity surveying to engage in practical interdisciplinary fieldwork.

School’s Environmental Education and Development (SEED) is a well rooted non-profit and public benefits organization that develops curriculum for environmental education and green entrepreneurship. We partner in schools environmental education and permaculture training in the North West Province.

Peace Foundation
With the understanding that development means the development of people, it is our objective to provide disadvantaged communities with the necessary tools and information to bring about their own development, and in so doing, improve educational and economic standards in their communities. We work together to support community development (Peace Foundation) with specific interest in climate adaption, ecological land planning, permaculture land use planning and rain water harvesting – Ashoka collaboration

Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM)
Rucore has worked with RLM for the past two years in supporting enterprise development within their environmental clubs. Additionally we are assisting RLM in improving their waste management facilities.


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