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REPSSI (Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative)


Civil Society



Organisation Description

REPSSI (the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative) is the leading African psychosocial support organisation. REPSSI’s vision is that all communities and families nurture, protect and empower their children and youth. REPSSI has strong partnerships with governments (particularly the ministries responsible for social services, education and health), development partners, international organisations and NGOs in thirteen countries of East and Southern Africa . These countries include the twelve countries with the highest adult HIV prevalence rates in the world. For over ten years REPSSI has provided technical capacity enhancement to its partners to strengthen communities’ and families’ ability to promote the psychosocial wellbeing of their children and youth.

Headquartered and registered in South Africa (Non-Profit Organisation under Section 21 of the South African Companies Act Enterprise Number: 2005/004648/0 and NPO Registration 041- 787 – NPO). It has three other fully fledged offices in Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe and presence in a further nine countries. It is registered in six of these countries and is in the process of seeking registration in all others.

Funding Partners:
REPSSI’s major funders have been Sweden / NORAD; the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) and the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development. It is also currently funded by Comic Relief and PEPFAR / USAID (in South Africa);
It has previously received funding from DfID, AusAID, UNICEF and Symphasis Foundation;
Is currently developing a portfolio of funding from corporate including First National Bank (Namibia); Stanbic (Botswana) and BP in Angola.

REPSSI is a technical partner to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in their programme for Orphans, Vulnerable Children and Youth. Through this partnership, REPSSI has engaged in the development of the regional OVCY strategy, business plan, Minimum Package of Services for OVCY (MPS) and Psychosocial Support Conceptual Framework, as well as national domestication of these. It is seeking a similar relationship with the East African Community (EAC).

REPSSI has supported the Governments of Lesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania in the development of guidelines, frameworks and manuals for PSS. REPSSI is currently supporting the Government of Uganda and will be supporting the Government of Kenya in the production of a national PSS manual and PSS guidelines respectively.


Sexual violence

Emotional violence




Women and gender equality

Early Childhood Development

Social Services/Child Protection


Human Rights

Humanitarian action