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 COP20 in Lima

Indigo participated at COP20 in Lima- sharing some experiential learning approaches in the exhibition area and at an official side event.

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

Adaptation Handbook in print

We are currently finalising 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 a publication by the Mechal project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and will be available on our resources site for download

Side event on Adaptation Finance at COP20 in Lima

Indigo co-hosted an official side event in collaboration with the Adaptation Fund and the AF NGO network in Lima to discuss direct access mechanisms and to share experiences of NIEs in implementing adaptation projects.

Serious Fun! Revised version of facilitation cards published

Indigo has published a revised and expanded version of interactive learning exercises for DRR and adaptation in collaboration with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and the American Red Cross

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Indigo Facts

Number of Staff: 7

Number of Associates: 5

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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