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Alternative Information & Development Centre (AIDC)

129 Rochester Road
Cape Town

Tel: ( 021 ) 447 5770

AIDC was formed in 1996 in response to the democratic transition in South Africa and the new opportunities and challenges it brought those seeking greater social justice within the democracy.


A sustainable society free of racism, xenophobia, sexism, resource degradation, oppression, exploitation and alienation, where people live in dignity and govern by participatory democracy are respected and free to realise their potential productivity and creativity and live in peace without fear and in harmony with the environment.


To produce and promote alternative knowledge and analysis which enables popular movements for social, economic and ecological justice to engage with the intersecting crises flowing from the natural, economic and social challenges confronting humanity. Strategic


AIDC's broad strategic objectives are:


  • Within the context of the multi-dimensional global crisis we will work with popular organisations of civil society to produce and promote research and analysis that provide concrete alternatives for creating decent work and livelihoods while ensuring the sustainability and integrity of our natural environment.
  • Disseminate information and analysis that facilitates an engagement between activists of popular organisations of civil society, opinion shapers and policy makers on alternative strategies for sustainable development.
  • Facilitate advocacy, campaigns and popular mobilisation for a million climate jobs that address simultaneously the economic and ecological dimensions of the global crisis.
  • Undertake popular education programmes that strengthen the capacity of popular movements, especially key strategic partners, to link their struggles and campaigns in respect of jobs, livelihoods and the provision of essential services to the critical ecological and economic factors arising from the global and macro context.