South Africa

 

Academic Courses

MGT 477: Special Topics – Social Enterprise in the 21st Century City (undergraduate)

ECN 477: Special Topics – Economic Development (undergraduate)

BA 625: Special Topics – Social Enterprise in the 21st Century City (graduate)

BA 625: Special Topics – Economic Development (graduate)

Faculty

Dr. Myriam Quispe-Agnoli- Dept./School-Economics: Stetson-Hatcher School of Business.
Mr. Harold Tessendorf MA. MSc - Dept./School-Management: Stetson-Hatcher School of Business.

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Program Highlights

Service Project Description:

There are 14,000 homeless individuals in Cape Town with 7,000 of these being chronically

homeless. The dominant social service paradigm employed by the South African government,

faith-based charities and NGOs is disjointed and uncoordinated. It also has the unintended

consequence of stigmatizing the homeless instead of addressing the structural and unique roots

of their homelessness.South Africa’s persistent high unemployment rate drives the

chronically homeless even further to the margins of society.

 

Streetscapes has been serving the chronically homeless for the past two decades.In response to the dominant social service model, Streetscapes has created a holistic model that goes further than the Housing First model from the United States. The Streetscapes Project combines safe housing and customized psychosocial services with social enterprise to address the employment needs of its chronically homeless clients. The Streetscapes project currently includes small urban gardens and a small farm in the Kuils River area of Cape Town.

 

Our 2023 project will build on the baseline research and recommendations which were made by the Mercer on Mission team that worked alongside Streetscapes staff and clients in July 2022.This team’s recommendations were geared towards helping Streetscapes’ flagship social enterprise – its Urban Farms Program – become more effective so that it could generate more revenue to fund the organization’s social mission.Streetscapes began to implement these recommendations immediately after they were presented with them on July 29th 2022.

 

The 2023 Mercer on Mission project team will work alongside Streetscapes staff and clients to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the Urban Farms Program as a locally-grown and organic enterprise.The team will pay special attention to the recommendations made in 2022, evaluate the extent to which they could be implemented, and measure how much they increased Streetscapes’ revenues.The Mercer on Mission team will work with Streetscapes to modify these recommendations.Once again, these recommendations will be evaluated by how well they meet the Triple Bottom Line of financial viability, social impact, and environmental sustainability.

 

What Students can expect:

 

  • Intensive class work at Mercer starting May which introduce students to the concepts and analytical tools that they will use in South Africa.These will be further refined in South Africa.
  • In-country cultural awareness and teambuilding in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Hard, but rewarding, work analyzing critical social enterprises before making and presenting written recommendations that set the stage for future work.
  • Exposure to innovative approaches to tackling unemployment and homelessness.
  • Some educational sight-seeing opportunities (conditions permitting) including two World Heritage sites – Table Mountain and Robben Island, the Cape of Good Hope where the south Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, District Six, and penguins.

Tentative Travel Dates

Travel dates to work in Cape Town are June 2023

Link to informational video about StreetScapes – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8VrctZqMYA

Application Deadline: Friday, October 21th, 5PM EST.

Contact Information

 

For more information, e-mail MercerOnMission@mercer.edu or call (478) 301-2992.