Mission Statement

Indigo development & change facilitates empowerment of disadvantaged groups, contributing towards a socially just society while conserving biodiversity in rural areas of South Africa and in the context of changing natural and social systems.

We will achieve this through development of participatory approaches, the active development of local and global networks and capacity development processes.


Where does the name Indigo come from?

The organisation is named after the plant Indigofera disticha, a legume that occurs widely in South Africa and is know as being a useful pioneer plant, fixing nitrogen in the soil. It grows prolific after rain and is very drought resistant. This plant even provides some feed in drought and the feed value is high.

This reflects our vision of being a catalyst for positive change for marginalised groups. You can spot this plant in our logo.

Recent events...

Climate Preparedness workshops in the Suid Bokkeveld

Indigo is continuing the climate change preparedness workshops in the Suid Bokkeveld. The next workshop will take place on 3 October 2015.

Learning exchange: Shannon Parring invited for a 3 month internship with Germanwatch

Shannon has been invitred to learn about climate change adaptation and civil society engagement in Germany and is currently spending 3 months in the Germanwatch offices in Bonn and Berlin.

Adaptation Fund projects in South Africa: Implementation about to start

The South African projects submitted by SANBI (the South African NIE) and funded by the Adaptation Fund are about to reach implementation phase.

These are the two projects launched:

1. Small Grant Facility to support adaptation in Namakwa and Mopani District Municipality

2. Catchment management project in the greater uMngeni Catchment.

Wild Olive Learning Centre launched

Indigo has opened the doors to the local Wild Olive Learning Centre. The learning centre will offer training and capacity development to local learners and adults. The training includes activities on climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation and interactive learning processes. The Wild Olive Learning Centre is funded by National Lotteries Commission of South Africa.

Eco Fellows going into their second year

The Eco Fellowship programme is going into its second year. With the pilot phase being concluded, we learnt from experiences and adjusted the programme. There is huge interest of learners to join - so we are thinking of expanding the programme in 2015.

The Adaptation Network in South Africa - handing over the secretariat

Indigo has stepped down from being the secretariat of the Adaptation Network. Following the AGM in November 2014, EMG is now taking on the role of the secretariat. Bettina Koelle will still serve on the Adaptation Network Steering Committee and Candice Arendse will continue being the Adaptation Network Co-ordinator.



Latest News

Heiveld Co-operative celebrating 15 years

The Heiveld members have celebrated 15 years and are about to purchase a farm for its members.


Livestock and Heat Stress Manual

Indigo has launched a manual for farmers in arid areas that will support small scale livestock farmers to effectively adapt to climate extremes and climate change. The information in the handbook is based on a 3 year Action Research process with farmes and scientists.

You can download the free copy here.


Official side event in Paris at UNFCCC COP21

Indigo is co-hosting a side event at COP 21 on adaptation finance, the Adaptation Fund and the Green Climate Fund.

The side event will take place on Monday 30 November 2015 at the COP venue.

Adaptation Handbook published

We have published the Participatory Adaptation Handbook - A practitioner’s guide for facilitating people centred adaptation (by Noel Oettle, Bettina Koelle, Stephen Law, Shannon Parring, Ute Schmiedel, Emma Archer van Garderen, Tsegaye Bekele). The handbook is accomapnied by a deck of learning cards, summarizing different approaches and learning activities that can support the facilitation of an appropriate adaptation process. The handbook is a publication by the Mechal project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and is available on our resources site for download

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Indigo Facts

Number of Staff: 8

Number of Associates: 7

Short History:
Indigo started as an association of practitioners in 2000. Since 2006 Indigo is a registered Non-profit organisation with the head offices in Nieuwoudtville, Northern Cape Province.

It has been the desire to link the grassroot processes to the national and international policy levels.  Our activities include working on learning processes focussing on natural resource management, gender, biodiversity and climate change. 

Our Focus:
We strive to combine social justice with conservation - facilitated in a learning process that ultimately leads to empowerment and increased resilience in a fast changing world.

Our Programmes:
Indigo has three main programmes:

  1. Climate Change Adaptation
  2. Training & Capacity Development
  3. Sustainable Natural Resource Management
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