One of the most powerful entities TSF support to enable change is The Greenlight office (TGO) in South Africa, which uses the innovative Stoplight tool to enable people to get perspective and clarity of their personal situation, and ‘do it for themselves’. Of considerable additional value in the approach is that it also provides clarity for service providers and philanthropy to get a better picture of what is actually required, and not what they as grant-makers feel is needed in any given situation.
The Stoplight tool is an innovative, practical, self-evaluation, visual survey tool that allows families and employees to self-diagnose their level of poverty. This approach helps people progress out of poverty by empowering them to understand and map their own choices. The tool encourages households to participate and own their journeys out of poverty by assessing six universal poverty dimensions, providing a clear line of sight of how to achieve this for users and outside agencies. At the same time, it allows the organisation delivering support programmes to measure progress against objectives.
The aim of The Greenlight Office is to assist in improving the success rates of organisations delivering social impacts through poverty-related and enterprise development programmes. It’s purpose is to hold space for the Greenlight Movement, a group of organisations unafraid to look in the mirror, asking questions about their social impact.