SusFon was established in 2020 as a non-profit organization that conducts business with altruistic or philanthropic intent. SusFon's vision is to assist communities working in collaboration with public institutions in a bid to improve their livelihoods and their right to basic services in a participatory and co-creative manner and to support these communities and institutions to address inequality by means of social, economic, and educational empowerment.

SusFon conducts business in Africa. The Foundation operates in close collaboration and cooperation with two sister organizations, Sustento Development Services (est. 2007) and Intuinnovate Pty Ltd (est. 2020). SusFon and our sister organizations share resources to effectively and efficiently deliver supporting services to communities and public institutions within Africa.


The SusFon team has many years of experience working in the biodiversity sector of Southern Africa. The team has been directly involved in the South African biodiversity sector through our work related to the sustainable and equitable sharing of benefits of these resources with local communities and traditional knowledge holders. Our team members were key in developing the Biodiversity Economy Strategy and the SADC Wildlife-based Economy Framework, both of which guide and steer the biodiversity economy of Southern Africa. Our team has worked in local communities, with stakeholders in the various biodiversity economy value chains, with the local, provincial, and national government, and with international organisations and donors.

About Us

Our Core Services

SusFon's core competency lies in applying strong research, development, and innovation (RDI) evidence to implement community-based initiatives to alleviate poverty in Africa. Our actions span across ten programmes:

Transformation of the Wildlife-based and Green Economies

building and applying scientific evidence and resource economics for sustainable utilization of resources for SMME growth, community development, and equitable participation in the natural resource and green economy, with a special focus on maximizing the participation of vulnerable groups, such as women, persons with disabilities, and youth.

Sustainable Agriculture:

integrating and applying natural bio-solutions to support local and community sustainable agricultural practices, improving local grower economics to sustainably contribute to evolving food chain requirements. 

Sustainable Tourism: supporting and enabling socially and environmentally sound tourism that benefits local and community economic growth, within climate and natural resource constraints.

Responsible Consumption and Production

doing more and better with less – SusFon supports the decoupling of economic growth from environmental degradation, increasing resource efficiency, and promoting sustainable lifestyles to contribute to poverty alleviation and community development.

Youth and Gender Equity and Redress: advancing equity for women and the youth, in the poorest areas of countries, through the application of evidence-based policy to implement programmes and actions to secure development gains and enhance the lives of all youth, women and girls, and persons with disabilities.

Climate Change and Resilience:

building and applying climate evidence for development, people, and economies, and to inform climate-resilient solutions for poor and rural communities.

Sustainable Waste Management and the Circular Economy: enhancing and advancing the waste circular economy for community and SME development, and support resilient waste management institutions across administrative and political boundaries.

Ensuring Access to Equitable Basic Services:

advancing the human rights to access equitable and fair basic services, such as education, health, water, sanitation, shelter/housing, and clean environments through research, policy and strategy development, and M&E.

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facilitating sustainable, climate-resilient WASH services, underpinned by evidence-based policy, for inclusive settlements that secure development gains and enhance the lives of all citizens. The program has a strong focus on hand hygiene for all and menstrual health for women and girls.

Alternative Energy Sources for Rural Communities: facilitating the advancement of use of cleaner technologies in rural communities in the pursuit of a more environmentally friendly world, concentrating on sustainable energy options for rural areas to build a more just and ecologically aware society such as, solar energy and biomass conversion technologies.

Alternative Energy Sources for Rural Communities:

facilitating the advancement of use of cleaner technologies in rural communities in the pursuit of a more environmentally friendly world, concentrating on sustainable energy options for rural areas to build a more just and ecologically aware society such as, solar energy and biomass conversion technologies.

Our Experience

SusFon and sister organizations develop innovative economic and environmental solutions for complex multi-stakeholder situations. The team has been working with multi-lateral agencies and funders, international and multilateral agencies, and regional economic communities for over 15 years. These include UNDP, UNEP, UNICEF, UNOPS, UNIDO, the Global Environment Fund (GEF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), DFID, and GIZ, among others. In addition, SusFon and our sister organizations have also worked with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat.

SusFon and our sister organizations have worked extensively with national and local governments and communities in South Africa. These include departments such as Dept. of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, Dept. of Water and Sanitation, Dept. of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition.

SusFon and our sister organizations have led, managed, and delivered numerous large-scale programmes, building a track record of delivering projects within budget and on time. Policies, systems, and procedures are in place within SusFon to ensure ethical management and accurate reporting. 

Central to successful delivery is SusFon's extensive network of partner institutions and experts with whom we regularly collaborate. Through this network, SusFon and our sister organizations have access to resources covering a range of disciplines within the field of economic development natural resource conservation, and sustainable utilization, allowing for a high level of flexibility to satisfy client needs and related quality standards.

Experience has taught SusFon the value of capturing local knowledge and practice in considering sustainability and equitable benefit sharing of natural resources, climate change and disaster management, waste, and economic solutions. SusFon and our sister organizations are proud of our integrative attitude towards projects, with stakeholder consultation, institutional strengthening, and participatory analysis being critical and pivotal aspects of all our projects.

SusFon also prides itself on the communication and interpersonal skills of the team and the ability to capture and report complex problems in a simple and reader-friendly manner. The SusFon team has extensive experience in the development of training, capacity-building activities, and reports for government departments, local government, and other agencies that are in the public domain.

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Sustainable Tourism:

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Youth and Gender Equity and Redress:

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HEAD office

268B Thatchers Fields, Lynnwood, Pretoria, 0081

phone number

+27798130129  

Fax

+27864784333

Mpumalanga

47 Osprey Street, Drumrock Estate, Mbombela, 1200
Unit 158 Highveld View, Nita Avenue, Emalahleni, 1037

KwaZulu Natal

No1 Area 1, Umgababa Beach Resort, eThekwini, 4126

Eastern Cape

72 11th Avenue, Gonubie, Buffalo City, 5256

Northern Cape

16 Vink Street, Siyathemba, Kathu, 8446