Our Value Proposition
Labyrinth Environment and Development Consulting is a new and dynamic firm that was started by inspired and passionate professionals to explore the boundaries of possibility in the development sector. Personalised service by dedicated, enthusiastic and energetic staff with meticulous attention to detail is the essence of our philosophy, blending good traditional African etiquette and warmth with high class international service.
Entering the Labyrinth…..
Our personal and organisational lives are a sacred journey comprising change, discovery, transformation, growth and continuously expanding our horizons & vision of what is possible. By stretching our souls, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to our intuition and taking courageous steps, our lives take us towards change – a journey towards sustainability and wholeness of self, others and all of us in the global oneness of humanity.
A labyrinth offers us a sacred space that encourages deep contemplation, reflective thoughtfulness, meditation and immense spirituality in crafting an alternative & successful future. It is a journey to our own deepest centre and back again out into the world, with a broadened understanding of who we are & what our responsibilities are.
A labyrinth has only one path that symbolises human or organisational lives with their complications, twists and turns, challenges and delays. The way in is the same way out – in other words, if we carefully the path leading to complexity we will find the path out towards the simplicity and clarity we seek. A labyrinth involves intuition, creativity and imagery, and there is only one choice – to engage or not to.
Like a labyrinth, developmental change is all about a complex series or systems of winding pathways to the future that we aspire for, and it is very easy to get lost in such a world…..
Chairperson and Founder
Chairperson and Founder
Munyaradzi has more than 20 years work experience in social change and development work with different national, regional and international governmental organisations across Southern Africa, particularly in Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Malawi. His work experience with the World Conservation Union (IUCN), the Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC), the Institute of Agrarian Reform and Poverty Studies, Biowatch South Africa, the Sustainability Institute and Keystone Accountability for Social Change spans across different sectors that include community development and social change; social processes design and facilitation; organisational development; learning, monitoring and evaluation; rural development and agrarian reform; research & policy analysis; development planning review; biodiversity conservation and natural resources management and smallholder farmer development and food security.
Munyaradzi is qualified with a PhD (Sociology) from Stellenbosch University and Master’s degree in Policy Studies and his work interests include design and facilitation of social change & learning processes, the sociology of development and the quality of relationships and trust as both indicators and functions of successful and viable interventions in the development discourse. He has written and published on a range of issues in his career. Munyaradzi is an Ashoka Fellow, and member of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) and the Mankind Project Community in South Africa.
Our work must guarantee the following:
- Enable positive change & transformation
- Aim for legacy & sustainability of fostered relationships
- Upward & downward accountability
- No bribes or kickbacks
- Ownership of process & final output/deliverable by client
- Putting reflection at the core of process, because we believe process has equal weighting with output/outcome
- The highest level of ethical process, authenticity & participant control
- Respect & protect participants’ intellectual property rights
- Informed consent by clients for use of any output, derivatives & types of use
- Value for money and time invested
- Be inclusive, respectful & peaceful
- Enable positive & continuous learning
Areas of Work
With offices in South Africa and Malawi, we work across Africa.
Our core offerings are in the following areas;
- organisational development (learning, monitoring, evaluation; social process design and facilitation; clarification and articulation of theory of change and vision of success; management advisory services; organisational systems audit);
- research, baseline surveys and constituency feedback/customer satisfaction surveys;
- environmental issues (environmental and social impact assessments; environmental management and policy analysis; forced migration; climate change; biodiversity conservation);
- rural development and natural resources management (smallholder sustainable agriculture; food security & sovereignty; agricultural biotechnology and agro-fuels),
- human rights and municipal integrated development plan (IDP) reviews.
We service non-profits, municipalities, governments, multi-lateral organizations and funders within the community and development sectors.
How We Work
While we have some experience in our areas of work, we certainly do not know it all. We do not have a one-size-fit-all, off the shelf and pre-packaged offering for all. We believe in a facilitated co-creation process and learn important insights together along the way. Observation, reflection, exploration, holding and conversation are integral to the facilitation processes.
We believe in an innovative way of approaching social phenomenon and its complexity, beyond a different way of thinking about issues and situations, but a new way of engaging with them. Many times we are forced to work within explanatory models, cause-and-effect linearity change frameworks, the demand for detailed planning and predictable outcomes – in short, a solution-oriented approach that focuses on the steps needed to get there, ignoring both the inner capacities of practitioners and participants as well as the unfolding and unpredictable emergence of the social situation itself.
A new kind of engagement, a new way of thinking, is called for. We seek a new and enabling way of engaging with social and developmental phenomena: working with social and organisational complexities beyond problems to be solved, but rather as emergent situations. Human societies have become trapped within a way of thinking that views our social and organisational challenges as problems coming to us from outside and yet we contribute to these problems. Social, ecological, economic and organisational fragmentation is a function of our own construction of the world. We create the world we inhabit through who we are and how we approach it.
Feedback: A Look in the Mirror
Feedback is the consistent indicator and basis of all meaningful, growing and sustainable human and organisational relationships. And to this end, genuine friends and organisations are always honest with us and value a learning relationship with us. And so, in order to help us grow even further and outdo ourselves, we kindly request your feedback on our services and website.
We work with a variety of five exceptionally qualified and experienced associates on a needs and project basis. We endeavour to retain and work with the same team in order to deepen our work relationship.