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...

Indigo at COP19 in Warsaw

Indigo is having a presence at COP19 in Warsaw, actively following themes on adaptation finance and how this can benefit the most vulnerable and monitoring and evaluation of effective adaptation.

IPCC SREX Stakeholder interaction in Pretoria

Bettina Koelle (Indigo) contributed to the IPCC SREX report. In October 2013 a three day event was convened by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs to discuss the findings of the IPSS SREX report and to explore how this could inform adaptation in Africa.

Africa Climate Conference in Arusha

The Conference explored climate science in Africa and implementation of effective adaptation using climate information. A vibrant conference, the importance of capacity and leadership in African Climate Science was emphasised. The remaining challenge is to bridge the gap between climate science and effective implementation of adaptation measures.

The Adaptation Network in South Africa - AGM decision

Indigo development & change will continue to host the secretariat for the network in the coming year (2013/2014). The current steering committee reported on the past year, and a new steering committee has been eleceted. for more information see: www.adaptationnetwork.org.za

Indigo opens an office in Cape Town

In September 2012 Indigo expanded its operations by setting up an office in Cape Town. While the head office is still with the rural Nieuwoudtville office, the Cape Town branch enables Indigo to engage more actively in national processes, and further allows for an expansion of organisational activities and engagements. The office hosts two Indigo employees, Katinka Waagsaether, who manages the Climate Change Adaptation Programme, and Gabriella Demargasso Pauw, Indigo’s Fund Development Manager. The office is situated in the premises of the Centre for Developmental Practice (CDRA), a beautiful building in Woodstock, just outside the Cape Town city centre.

Membership in the Adaptation Fund Network

Indigo development & change recently became the first South African member of the international Adaptation Fund NGO Network. This international network, hosted by Germanwatch, works to support the successful implementation of projects funded by the Adaptation Fund in developing countries.
Having attended the latest Adaptation Fund Board meeting, which took place in Bonn in June, Indigo was able to provide input into the dialogue between the board and civil society and to get insight into the Adaptation Fund processes. Indigo is now working with SANBI, the South African NIE, sharing insights from the Adaptation Fund NGO Network, but also learning from the South African process, so as to provide learning that can be shared back to other members of the NGO Network.

The Indigo movie

Indigo is proud to announce the launch of The Indigo Movie. Through interviews with Indigo staff, learners from the local school and farmers from the Heiveld Cooperative, the movie gives a moving illustration of Indigo’s work and its role in the Nieuwoudtville local communities. A short version of the movie will soon be launched on our website!

Latest News

Next Climate Change Workshop Suid Bokkeveld: February 2014

If you would like to participate as a guest practitioner, please contact Bettina (bettina@indigo-dc.org). Only 2 visitors are admitted per workshop.

Launching the Climate Change and Small Business Game

We have designed an interactive learning game on how climate change might affect small businesses. We will publish it soon. Watch this space.

New Case Study in Adaptation and beyond

Our series: Adaptation and beyond summarized ideas on climate change adaptation and is now available on our resources site for download

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Indigo Facts

Number of Staff: 9

Number of Associates: 4

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 learnign processes focussing on natural reource management, gender, biodiversity and climate change. 

Our Focus:
We strive to combine social justice with conservation - facilitated in a learning experience 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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