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Water SA

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COETZER, Anje  e  LOUW, Johann. An evaluation of the Contractor Development Model of Working for Water. Water SA [online]. 2012, vol.38, n.5, pp.793-802. ISSN 1816-7950.

The Working for Water programme of the South African Department of Environmental Affairs has as its major objective the eradication of invasive alien plant species. However, it also has a social development component, which aims at the promotion of small business and entrepreneurship development. This paper explores the socio-economic rationale of one component, the Contractor Development Model. It does so via an examination of the programme's assumptions, and the development of its impact theory. The study revealed a shortcoming in monitoring data for the programme, and a relative lack of assessment of the effectiveness of its activities. It is suggested that the selection criteria for contractors be reexamined, and that consideration be given to two additional elements that may strengthen the effectiveness of the training: mentoring and networking.

Palavras-chave : Working for Water; programme theory; entrepreneurship; social development; training.

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