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ALPS Resilience is committed to helping migrant and local communities in Africa overcome the challenges of forced migration by strengthening community resilience.


ALPS Resilience was founded in 2015 to serve communities negatively impacted by conflict and displacement by designing custom interventions that focus on empowering migrants, promoting integration, fostering social cohesion and preventing violence.  We began by working with the Somali diaspora community in South Africa’s Western Cape, providing free English and computer classes to refugees and asylum seekers while strengthening the capacity of our community-based partner.


Today, our organisation supports a comprehensive resilience programme with projects in forced migration and violence prevention, in particular violent extremism. ALPS Resilience is currently implementing projects in Mozambique and Ukraine, with headquarters based in South Africa. 




We drive innovative research initiatives, implement surveys, and conduct community assessments on migration and violence prevention in Africa.



We partner with community-based organisations to implement programmes that emphasise beneficiary participation and partner capacity-building.



We advocate for policies and practice at the national and international level that reflect the best principles of international humanitarian and human rights law.

How do we define RESILIENCE?

Resilience refers to a community’s ability to withstand or recover from adverse situations, be it environmental disaster, conflict or radicalization. From our experience in the field, we advocate resilience as the critical lens through which to implement and measure stabilization and development projects.


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Dave Bax


Dave has over thirty years of experience in crisis recovery, particularly in program development and explosives management, including in high-risk areas and ongoing conflict zones. Before founding ALPS Resilience, Dave worked extensively in field missions for the United Nations in Somalia, Israel and Gaza, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Bosnia.

Phoebe Sibomana


Phoebe provides administrative support to the ALPS team. She holds an honours in community development studies from the University of the Western Cape. She comes with years of experience in working within non-profit organisations. She hopes to use her skills and experience to further ALPS's mission. 

Dave Bax
Director (SA)

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James van der Merwe


James oversees all financial matters at ALPS and an integral member of the team. He is a qualified and experienced financial manager who offers a wealth of experience from the corporate sector, spanning almost twenty years. His knowledge and skills in NGO finance, HR management, and risk management are an asset to ALPS.

James van der Merwe
Financial Manager (SA)

Victor Sapong

Victor joined the ALPS team to focus on issues relating to preventing violent extremism in Africa. He recently completed his honours degree in International Studies, and is currently a Masters candidate in Security and African Studies at the Military Academy of Stellenbosch University. His research interests include the linkages between security and development, countering violent extremism, and crisis and security management.

Victor Sapong


Jonathan Chawa
Administration and Human Resources (MZ)  

Antonio Malembe
Research and Projects Implementation Manager (MZ)

Tomas Mavume
Security Officer (MZ)

Tomas Lorenco
Fleet and Logistic Manager (MZ)


Oleh Stoiev
Country Director (UKR)

Liubomyr Syrota
Project Assistant (UKR) 

Anton Levtushok
Project Coordinator (UKR)

Vadym Bratchykov
Project Assistant (UKR)

Oleksandra Kartvelishvili
M.E.A.L. Officer (UKR)

Nadiia Bobrova
Head of Finance and Administration (UKR)

Ulyana Stadnikova 
Project Assistant (UKR)

Olivia Welte
Social Media Administrator (SA)

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