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 21 April 2018.

Wild Olive Training Centre going strong

The Wild Olive Training centre is continuing to offer training courses and experiential learning activities for young adults and children in Nieuwoudtville and surroundings.

Adaptation Fund projects in South Africa: M&E support

Indigo conducted an M&E exercise for a small grant project funded under the Small Grant Facility of the Adaptation Fund.

Eco Fellows: Continuing in their 5th year!

The Indigo Eco Fellows are continuing their learning journey while exploring conservation related career paths and attending extra curriculum studies in the Wild Olive Experiential Learning Programme.

Indigo continues to be part of the Adaptation Fund NGO Network

Indigo continues to be part of the interantional network led by Germanwatch e.V.and is actively engaging in the Adaptation Fund processes, engaging with climate finance and the UNFCCC negotiations at COP.


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.


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: 4

Number of Associates: 9

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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