The Greenlight Office


The aim of The Greenlight Office is to assist in improving the success rates of organisations delivering social impacts through poverty-related and enterprise development programmes.

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It is our ambition to: 

Raise interest and awareness within organisations about the importance of people being engaged in their own upliftment and to participate and own their journeys out of poverty.

Provide a platform to equip and enable the adoption of a new approach that reflects this philosophy – such as the Poverty Stoplight and ABCD approach – that provides a clear line of sight of how to get there and a common set of indicators against which organisations can measure their objectives.

Catalyse a paradigm shift – poverty can be eliminated with an integral approach using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, brought about by co-ownership.

A little bit more about The Greenlight Office …

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In 2014, The Clothing Bank, an already highly successful social enterprise, customised and localised this Paraguayan-based tool for a South African context and integrated the approach into their development cycle. They built a new change framework that has informed the organisation on the way forward, with huge success.The Clothing Bank is wholly committed to this approach and wanted to share their experience with other non-profits, social enterprises and interested parties in order to transfer knowledge and replicate success across South Africa. They started the Poverty Stoplight Office (SA) to support this new approach to poverty, with the intent to grow the initiative into a separate entity. In July 2019, the company changed its name to The Greenlight Office.
The Poverty Stoplight Office (SA) was incubated under The Clothing Bank from 2014-2017, and was then spun off as a separate legal entity as of November 2016. In July 2019, the company name was changed to The Greenlight Office and runs as an independent non-profit company (NPC), in collaboration with the founders, Fundación Paraguaya. We are currently registering for PBO status.

NPC registration details:

  • Name: The Greenlight Office NPC
  • Number: 2016/469745/08


  • Tracey Chambers – CEO, The Clothing Bank
  • Gary Shearer – Independent Philanthropy Professional, The Saville Foundation
  • Laura Bergh – Chief Enabler for The Greenlight Office, and Independent Professional for Sustainability Leadership and Research

The Greenlight Office has been funded by a progressive foundation, The Saville Foundation, who is actively participating in this initiative.

The Greenlight Office will provide the following support and service to its members:

  • Poverty Stoplight survey tool and upgrades, as developed and localised for the South African context
  • Induction training on the tool and metrics
  • List of facilitators trained to work with the PS survey tool
  • Online technology platform as provided by Hewlett Packard and managed by the founder, Fundación Paraguaya
  • Data and information shared via the Poverty Stoplight SA website
  • Poverty Stoplight Forum that will meet every 3-4 months to discuss learnings, insights and impacts
  • Access to the referral pathways via the national Poverty Stoplight network
  • Access to the global Poverty Stoplight network

The benefits of the Greenlight Office and Forum include:

  • A collaboration space for organisations working to eradicate poverty in South Africa
  • Enabling organisations to measure outcomes against a common framework
  • Aggregation of data which offers a better perspective of the real issues at hand
  • The more policy-relevant information there is available on poverty, the better equipped policy-makers will be to reduce it
  • Referral pathways that will ultimately inform stakeholders of priority areas for engagement
  • The establishment of a community of practice
  • Enabling organisations to collectively engage in the evolution of a tool that is gaining traction in Africa

The Greenlight Office is committed to being:

  • An advocate for the role of people who are sociology-economically disadvantaged in taking control of their own lives
  • Pro-choice, i.e. non-judgmental of the end-clients’ choices (the beneficiaries we all serve)
  • Enabling and catalytic
  • Unbiased to and independent of members’ programmes
  • Transparent and driven by value-add