Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:00

Baselines Mobile App Demo Video

A sneak preview demo video of Wahenga's new ‪#‎myLIVING‬ app for collecting ‪#‎HEA‬‪ #‎livelihoods_baseline‬ information is shown below. The app is designed and built to run on both iOS and Android, although the iOS version is shown here.

This app saves a massive amount of petty data entry and will enhance the quality of interviews by providing the user with appropriate feedback as they enter their data. Banish the paper forms, spreadsheets, data entry forever!


Following the three succesful rounds of the HEA 101 training course that was given to stakeholders in involved in food security, risk and vulnerability management and livelihoods assessment, Wahenga is pleased to announce that it will be presenting another course in Cape Town from 28th to the 30th April 2015 (the last day is a half-day). If you do not live in Cape Town, this is a splendid opportunity to tack a long-weekend holiday visit to the Mother City just after the course is over (and just before winter!).

The course is aimed at managers and technical staff and shows how the HEA analysis works; it does not goe into details about how data are collected, etc.

The course will cost R6300 per participant and runs for two and a half days. The venue and further details will be announced soon.

Monday, 09 February 2015 00:00

First Ever HEA Assessments in South Africa

The South African Vulnerability Assessment Committee (SAVAC) and the Limpopo Provincial Vulnerability Assessment Committee (LimVAC), led by the National and Provincial Departments of Agriculture, respectively, are engaging in the first ever assessments in South Africa that use the Household Economy Approach as part of their data and analysis. The method being used by the SAVAC combines HEA with a randomly-sampled statistical approach for describing food security status called the Food Security Continuum, which was developed by the University of Pretoria.

Wahenga has been chosen to provide technical support to the SAVAC through its consultants and with its training modules. The field assessment teams have been prepared for the arduous work of collecting information on livelihoods in 54 villages and 324 interviews. This important assessment will provide details on the livelihoods of rural households in four livelihood zones in the province.

Watch the Wahenga News page for more details on the work!

Saturday, 12 April 2014 08:32

The Wahenga Academy: Our Prospectus

training picWe have just finished compiling our first Prospectus for The Wahenga Academy— a series of courses with the tools, concepts, and skills needed to set up and run a Vulnerability Assessment System. You can viw the prospectus here (pdf viewer needed). It includes detailed sessions on collecting high quality field data, analysing it and using the latest technologies to manage and present it. To see some of the courses' content, take a look at Training: The Wahenga Academy in the Resources section!

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 07:12

Training proposal

IMG 1744Training and capacity building are necessary for getting effective vulnerability assessment systems functional. Practitioners need to know and understand the tools at their disposal and how these can be used to plug knowledge gaps in policies and programming. Sometimes they need to adapt, modify or develop variants of these tools.

If you want to do maps in South Africa in future, you are going to have to register as a practitioner!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 08:11



Wahenga is a non-profit organisation based in Africa, which focuses on strengthening livelihoods by fighting hunger, poverty and mitigating the impacts of climate change. Wahenga provides a range of technical and management services to governments, donors, development agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society more generally, political parties and the private sector.

Our thematic areas of expertise include: Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis; Information Management; Mapping and Data Management; Livelihoods Monitoring and Evaluation; Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building; Food and nutrition security; Social Protection; and HIV/AIDS and Gender.

The following expertise is available on a full time basis:

Dr Sithabiso Gandure

Sithabiso GandureDr Sithabiso Gandure is a Livelihoods and Development Specialist. She has extensive experience working in Southern and East Africa with governments, donors and development organizations on various developmental issues: climate change vulnerability and adaptation, agriculture development, food and nutrition security, HIV and AIDS, gender and children’s rights. Her strategic thinking, tactful approach to delicate negotiations and human understanding are key for planning, policy development and analysis; institutional arrangements; livelihoods and climate change project design; and project monitoring and evaluation systems.




Charles Rethman
South Africa

Charles RethmanMr Charles Rethman is an Information Management Specialist. He has strong analysis skills, combining livelihoods (including that of the HEA framework), food security data, poverty and development indicators with mapping and data warehousing tools. With a penchant for technical innovation, he is able to create models that push the application of these tools into new areas or to work with varied data sources (such as remote sensing, nutrition or climate change data) in solving food security problems. He possesses a sound knowledge of programming, GIS, databasing and has exposure to modern open-source applicationsand systems.

James Acidri


James AcidriMr James Acidri is a Livelihoods and Food Security Specialist with knowledge, skills and insight for effective management of assessments and analyses. His perceptive acumen is essential for training, field leadership and analysis, which he uses to build early warning, vulnerability and food security information systems through effective management and team work. His specific areas of specialisation include using evidence-based analysis to inform response through appropriate design and implementation of well integrated livelihood and food security programs drawing on key synergies for purposes of achieving integrated and self-sustaining programs.



Colleen Anderson
South Africa

Colleen AndersonMs Colleen Anderson is a fund raiser, administrator, and systems specialist: managing vast and complex projects, building systems, controlling finances. Her tact, attention to detail and breadth of experience combine to make her a potent organiser and project manager. Colleen is also skilled at troubleshooting and organisational development, as well as events management, ensuring that multifarious international conferences run smoothly, allowing delegates to focus on the issues at hand.

The following associates augment the team with additional skills:

Dr Hannock Kumwenda

Dr Hannock Kumwenda is a multi-skilled and self-motivated professional Economist with over 23 years’ experience in formulating, financing, monitoring and evaluating development policies and projects, and with advanced research and analytical qualifications in economics. About 20 of these years were spent with Malawi’s Ministry of Economic Planning and Development rising from the entry professional level to senior technical and management levels.


Carla Monteiro

Carla MonteiroMs Carla Monteiro is an Agricultural Engineer who has worked in rural development and is skilled and qualified as a coordinator and supervisor for research teams, managing human and financial resources and planning and monitoring activities in headquarters and in the field. She has experience in the private sector, state and NGOs and has taken part in food security assessments in  Mozambique (Coastal Nampula and Zambézia provinces, Limpopo and Zambezi Basins) and in the Angola livelihood zoning. Under the Challenge Project of Water and Food in the Limpopo Basin, she designed a model and role-playing game called "mabulu kuyacana", based on the companion modelling approach for discussing impacts of regime changes of natural resources on food security. She has practical experience in using participatory approaches; optimisation and statistical packages; fluency in Portuguese, and English.

A sra. Carla Monteiro é Engenheira Agrónoma, com carreira em desenvolviemto rural. Ela tem experiência em coordenação e supervisão de equipas de pesquisa, na gestão de recursos humanos e financeiros, e no planeamento e monitoria de de actividades no escritório e no campo, adquiridas no trablaho com empresas do sector privado, estatal e com organizações não governamentais. Actualmente tem estado envolvida em trabalhos com a abordagem Household Economy Approach, tendo participado em avaliações de segurança alimentar em  Moçambique (Zonas coateiras das províncias de  Nampula e  Zambézia, Bacias do Limpopo e Zambeze) e no zoneamento dos modos de subsistência do centro e norte de Angola. Sob o projecto da Bacia do Limpopo, enquadrado no Challenge Project of Water and Food do CIRAD, ela desenhou o modelo e jogo de representação de papeis "mabulu kuyacana", baseado na abordagem Companion Modeling para discutir o impacto de mudanças de regime decorrentes da superexploração dos recursos naturais, na segurança alimentar. Carla tem experiência prática na utilização de pacotes estatísticos e de optimização; é fluente em Português e comunicável em  Inglês.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 00:00

South Africa vulnerability assessment

SA_map.jpgThe South African government wishes to form a national vulnerability assessment committee, which will be a part of the SADC-led Regional Vulnerability Assessment Committee (RVAC), and which will inform government about the present situation and future scenarios of vulnerability to hunger, poverty and deprivation in the country.

Competencies   Resources


  • Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis;
  • Information Management;
  • Mapping and Data Management;
  • Livelihoods Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building
  • Food and nutrition security
  • Social Protection
  • HIV/AIDS and Gender

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  • Climate Change
  • Household Economy Reports
  • Training Material
  • Presentations and Publications

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