SERITI’s mission is to strengthen community organisation for the realization of sustainable livelihoods and prosperity, through facilitation of partnerships and enhancement of community capabilities.
Continuing innovation: In addition to its major programmes, Seriti Institute continues to innovate in the sphere of community organization, to address social challenges, establish enterprises and in other ways strengthen livelihoods. In some cases Seriti nests its innovations in partner organisations.
Learning is the lifeblood of the Institute: The Institute fosters a culture of continuous learning at community level while ensuring that insights derived from practice inform development theory and government policy.
In October 2010 all staff worked together over a period of two afternoons to define the values that we want to carry forward in SERITI. The background to the conversation was the rapid growth of SERITI in one year, from a small “family” of 7 people to an organization of over 140 people. Through the valuable discussion the following core values were agreed upon:
To uphold this value means to be trustworthy, honest and reliable.
When we say that we value communication, this relates to how we engage with people outside the organization as well as how we work within the organization. We will foster a spirit of openness and sharing of information and plans.
Growth of consciousness, a change in activity and improvement in our situations are all possible provided that there is learning. We will contribute to societal learning by finding ways to share insights from practice, advocating new ways of doing things, or affirming ancient ways of doing things.
We will hold ourselves to the most exacting standards of professional performance. We are accountable to the goals we set ourselves, and to each other. Above all SERITI Institute is accountable to those living in the communities in which we work.
We value leadership, and understand this to include learning, thinking, pro-activeness, responsiveness and accountability. Leadership means acting in light of the values we hold true and can be shown at every point in the organisation, by every single person working in it or by groups of people working together.
Support and respect
SERITI means at its first level “dignity” and this means that a key concern of our organisation is the relationships between people. We need to treat all those we work with and amongst with full respect, and accord dignity to all even when they are critical of us.
The Institute works to improve conditions in society and specifically in those communities that suffer the worst impact of the inequality and poverty that characterize our country. We recognize that our organisation is at the service of those ‘at the bottom of the pyramid’ and will seek to engage as best we can with their struggles and actions to address social challenges.