footsteps is a not-for-profit association of Organisation Development (OD) and development practitioners. (NPO Number 056-721-NPO)
Based in Durban, South Africa, we work on the continent and elsewhere in the world.

Purpose

We support civil society initiatives and their leaders to:

  • strengthen themselves, their organisations and their work
  • think more systemically and strategically
  • find ways of thriving in a volatile context
  • craft strategies and approaches that effect real, sustainable change
  • make a positive difference in their communities, their countries, and the region

Our Vision

A STRONG CIVIL SOCIETY contributing to:

  • social and systems change
  • justice and equality
  • environmental sustainability
  • ethical and effective development practice

Practice

footsteps brings together professionals with decades of experience in:

  • Process Facilitation
  • Organisation Development
  • Change Management
  • Education
  • Skills Development
  • Project Management
  • Coaching
  • Leadership

We combine our skills, knowledge and experience to respond – in the form of projects, programmes and other
offerings – to issues and challenges facing South African and African civil society today.

Principles

footsteps practitioners recognise that …

  • development and change starts from where people and organisations are now
  • we have to see, appreciate and work with whole systems, not isolated parts
  • meaning, intelligence and strategic choices come from encountering and working with complexity, not from avoiding it
  • clients and other stakeholders need to make their own choices: we support processes, ask questions, offer ideas; we do not impose our will
  • our work is all about people – it requires a human response, not just a technical one

Meet our team

footsteps practitioners are leaders and experienced consultants committed to our shared purpose. 
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Davine Thaw

Davine co-developed the Facilitator Development Programme which has been run over 45 times in South Africa and in eight other countries in Africa, Asia and Europe…

Simanga Sithebe

Simanga has worked in civil society organisations for over thirty years – both as a practitioner and a leader. His experience includes designing and implementing…

Warren Banks

Warren works with organisations and leaders to find unique responses to the challenges and opportunities they face. He facilitates strategic thinking, change management and OD processes…

Tsitsi Maradze

Based in Zimbabwe, Tsitsi is an independent development consultant and OD practitioner and trainer with more than 19 consecutive years of consulting experience…

Patsy Church

Patsy Church is a skilled and experienced teacher, trainer, facilitator, counsellor, executive coach, mentor and curriculum developer who works with individuals and groups in schools, corporates and NGO’s…

Sunjay Panday

Sunjay has worked in the development sector for 20 years. During this period he has gained extensive experience in the fields of project planning, development and management, administration, financial management, fundraising, monitoring and evaluation, and public sector reform…

Anita Simon

Anita works with individuals and organisations to support their learning and development processes. Her work – whether it consists of process facilitation, organisation development and strengthening, or a variety of trainings – is always uniquely designed to meet her clients’ particular needs…

Yolande Toohey

Yolande Toohey is a Skills Development practitioner with over 13 years’ experience in the industry. She specialises in optimising the performance of companies through their staff…

Peter Court

Peter has worked in education, the creative arts and theatre for almost thirty years, and in South Africa for over twenty. Much of his current work focuses on strengthening school systems through the creative arts and life orientation programmes.

Contact us

To get in touch please fill out the contact form below or drop us a line at admin@footsteps.org.za or footstep.int@gmail.com.

222 Evans Road Glenwood
Durban, 4001, South Africa

+27 31 206 2954

Coming soon

This website is still in development. Please look out for updated sections on Publications & Resources and Programmes in the near future!

Programmes: old & new

Our flagship course, the Facilitator Development Programme remains available and is being run in Pietermaritzburg (South Africa) in September and November 2019. It is almost fully booked, but do contact us if you would like more information.

We are also in the process of designing several new development programmes, including A Lasting Legacy: leadership succession and systems change – a programme for NGO leaders and organisations in transition.

Publications & Resources

Many of our existing publications remain available for purchase, but we are busy revising our lists and distribution system. For more information on our current list, please drop us a line.