Consulting conducts rigorous, socially relevant
and socially meaningful social science research in community settings
and for health and social programmes.
This includes undertaking applied
anthropological research and training at every stage of programme
planning and evaluation; this includes:
- formative, descriptive research (either alone
or in conjunction with evaluation, as in needs assessments
or situational analyses)
- monitoring of progress
- assessing programmatic impact
on communities and individuals.
Central to our research philosophy
is emphasis on understanding the relationship between socio-cultural
context and behavior; and in community involvement in the research
In this, we use a conceptual
framework that focuses on the effects of (and interactions between)
culture, history, gender, and power dynamics on individuals’ health-seeking
Nozizwe Consulting: Sole Proprietor
The Sole Proprietor wing of Nozizwe Consulting was established first.
Under this structure, any
work accepted by the organization attracts 14% VAT (tax) in accordance
with South African Government requirements for VAT registration by
certain sole proprietor organizations.
Consulting, Association Incorporated Under Section 21, NPO
No: 2005/036578/08, Non-Profit Organization [NPO] No: 930022732.
Nozizwe Consulting has a registered
not for profit entity. Monies coming into Nozizwe under
this wing do not attract VAT (tax). Like all S21 organizations, Nozizwe
has a governing structure comprised of a seven-member Board of Advisors
that meets semi-annually.
In addition, in accordance with S21 regulations,
Nozizwe has an appointed accounting firm to oversee its financial
record-keeping and perform a yearly audit. All
grants and project monies attract an over-head fee (usually 10% of
the project budget) to help offset the costs of administering the organization.
Nozizwe means "child of many nations" or "peripatetic
name bestowed on Christine Varga by the late Poet Laureate of Africa,
Masizi Kunene; fitting for an anthropologist who has traveled, worked
and lived all over the world.
Nozizwe's logo – a triangle super-imposed
on a silhouette of the African content - was designed to reflect the
concept of 'multiple perspectives' in social science research. Wherever
possible, we combine multiple (qualitative and quantitative) methods
to produce a more well-rounded or holistic perspective on the topic
The use of a "triangulated" research approach reveals
a much richer, more nuanced and accurate picture of the issue.We provide
three distinct types of service: research, training and technical
Finally, our team members and collaborators hail from multiple
disciplinary perspectives, including anthropology, demography, administration
and management, medicine, laboratory sciences, public health and even