Had coffee today with some of the folks at Epi-Use, a leading global SAP specialist that began in South Africa. Epi-Use now has around 1,000 people operating in 13 countries.
They are all passionately involved in a big vision for Africa, a different kind of "ERP" - for Elephants, Rhinos and People. They believe that empowering the rural communities in Africa around parks will help to conserve elephants and rhinos, and are hard at work on big projects to do this. Epi-Use contributes 1% of its global revenues to ERP and is keen to bring other organisations into the ERP initiative.
Armed with an Ashoka-accredited poverty alleviation model and a multifaceted team positioned to tackle poverty, ERP is using their over 20 years of experience in community relations, poverty alleviation, and impact investment in infrastructure to create sustainable, non-lethal wildlife conservation.
Given that the poverty alleviation-based strategy is a medium to long-term proposition, ERP also implements a range of tactical interventions designed to combat the poaching problem, and to improve the welfare of elephants and rhinos in the short term. These interventions include but are not limited to, elephant relocations, a veterinary emergency response unit and drought relief programs.
Interested in getting involved? Read more at ERP...