Current Grants: Voice, Rights and Agency
The RAITH Foundation currently funds the following organisations:
Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC)
TLAC is a registered non-governmental organisation (NGO) that was established in 1996 to promote
and defend the rights of women to be free from violence and to have access to quality effective
services. TLAC seeks to address the persistent gender bias in traditional courts which limits justice
outcomes for women who experience Gender Based violence (GBV). The objective is to advocate for
the transformation of the traditional justice systems to better respond and uphold the rights of women
who experience gender based violence. RAITH funding is in support of the overarching objective of
this project to advocate for the transformation of traditional courts to better respond and uphold the
rights of women when dealing with gender based violence matters.
Social Change Assistance Trust (SCAT)
Scat is a veteran human rights and social justice philanthropy organisation established in 1984 with 32 years of experience contributing to positive, community-centred, community-driven change across four Provinces. The issue Scat seeks to address is the need for active citizenry which is organized and responsive to injustice in communities. We aim to shift imbalances related to power, access, opportunity and other factors which permeate the communities where we work. Scat’s objective is to partner with local development agencies (LDAs) in order to support and empower community-driven responses to inequality and injustice. RAITH funding is in support of the overarching objective of this project to partner with local development agencies (LDAs) in order to support and empower community-driven responses to inequality and injustice.
Social Justice Coalition (SJC)
The SJC is a democratic, mass-based social movement founded in 2008 that campaigns for the advancement of the constitutional rights to life, dignity, equality, freedom and safety for all people, but especially those living in informal settlements across South Africa. The project is aimed at organising informal settlement residents in order to support the building and articulation of substantive demands for long-term infrastructure and equitable state resources in informal settlements. RAITH funding is in support of SJC’s objective to organise poor and working class people to successfully articulate substantive demands for long-term infrastructure and equitable state resources for poor areas, especially informal settlements.
Future Film Training Trust
Vaya, the film, was developed by the Homeless Story Project, an initiative of the Future Film Training Trust. The film, to be distributed to mass audiences in 2017, is based on the real stories of four young men who have all experienced homelessness, and provides a vivid and gripping depiction of coming to the city and struggling to survive. RAITH funding is in support of the project objective to stimulate public awareness and discussion around the key social justice issues of homelessness, social cohesion and poverty in the city and promote solutions to the urban crisis and link people to help and services.
Legal Resources Centre (LRC)
The LRC is South Africa’s largest pub¬lic inter¬est, human rights law clinic established in 1979. The LRC provides free, quality legal services to use the law in the interests of vul¬ner¬a¬ble, poor and mar¬gin¬alised people. RAITH funding is in support of the LRC’s objective to advance social justice and contribute to an improved capacity of clients to articulate their needs and challenges, and of the LRC’s ability to respond to those needs and challenges.
Centre for Child Law
The University of Pretoria Centre for Child Law (CCL) was established in 1998 and is a registered law clinic that works to promote the interests of children in South Africa. The Centre aims to establish and promote child law and uphold the rights of children in South Africa particularly where there are rights violations. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project to strengthen the governing child rights framework in South Africa to ensure that children’s rights are realized.
Hivos South Africa was established in 2006 and is an innovative, developmental donor organization. Hivos South Africa seeks to address the issue of limited funding to Community Based Organisations in marginalized communities. In addition Hivos aims to support CBOs doing work that elevates the voices of marginalised people so that they can be heard and listened to; interventions that increase people’s participation in democratic processes and through these actions deepen democracy. RAITH funding is in support of the objective to provide direct small grants to community based organisations that enable the CBOs to contribute to social change, social justice and gender equity.
ProBono.Org is a public interest legal clearinghouse that provides free legal services to marginalised people in South Africa through the pro bono services of the private legal profession. The issues to be addressed by this programme are the extreme shortage of legal services for impoverished people living in South Africa and for civil society organisations, and the failure of law, the administration of law and of policy to address the legal difficulties people face. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this programme to offer a free legal service to marginalised people through pro bono legal practitioners, and to identify areas of legislation, policy and the administration of law that require change and intervention.
SECTION27 is a public interest law centre established in 2010 and uses law, advocacy, legal literacy, research and community mobilisation to achieve access to healthcare services, sufficient food and basic education for everyone. The constitutional advocacy, education and mobilization programme aims to increase access to the Constitution and to promote constitutional literacy amongst poor and vulnerable communities. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project for advocacy and education regarding key socioeconomic rights and the overall place of the Constitution in service delivery.
Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)
The TAC was established in 1998 and advocates for quality healthcare for all who live and work in South Africa. The main issue that TAC seeks to address is the issue of lack of sufficient access to quality health-care because of a failure of governance at all levels, including the South African government’s failing to address the HIV/TB epidemic in South Africa. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project to build a sophisticated and well-informed movement of users of the public healthcare system that can advocate effectively and strategically both at local and at national level for access to quality healthcare.
Heartlines is an NPO founded in 2001 that develops interventions that promote values and human rights in society. The issue to be addressed by this intervention is the lack of understanding and trust between senior leaders of the various systems in our society, which has impacted negatively on these systems ability to foster social and economic justice. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project to improve levels of respect, understanding and trust amongst leaders of a system in order to lead to at least one breakthrough that results in better system functioning and consequently to enhanced social and economic justice.
Ndifuna Ukwazi (“NU”) is an activist organisation and law centre based in Cape Town and was established in 2011. Ndifuna Ukwazi has a broad vision to create an integrated city, through the expansion and protection of affordable housing in well-located areas in the inner city. Ndifuna Ukwazi uses highly visible campaigns and advocacy focusing on strategic parcels of surplus state land and struggles in the city bowl and inner city suburbs of Sea Point, Woodstock and Salt River. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project to expand and protect access to affordable well located housing in the Cape Town inner city.
The Right2Know Campaign was launched in August 2010 as a democratic campaign which contributes to ensuring that everyone enjoys the access to information and freedom of expression necessary to meet their social, economic, political and ecological needs and live free from want, in equality and in dignity. R2K works on issues around the growing securitisation of the state, supporting other civil society organisations to access public and private sector information, threats to media freedom as well as enabling public and community media for greater diversity, and increasing access and reducing the cost of telecommunications. RAITH funding is in support of the overall objective of the project to build a democratic campaign that strengthens and unites civil society to ensure secrecy legislation and the conduct of security agencies is aligned to the underlying values of the South African Constitution; ensure that public and private sector information is easily accessible to citizens and ensure people enjoy a free and diverse range of public, private and non-profit media and open and affordable access to the internet and to bring down the cost of telecommunications.
Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR)
The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) was established in 1989 as a multi-disciplinary institute involved in research, policy formation, community interventions, service delivery, education and training, as well as providing consultancy services. The primary goal of CSVR is to use its expertise in building reconciliation, democracy and a human rights culture in preventing violence in South Africa and in other countries in Africa. This project aims to develop best practice strategies for building communities’ resilience and the ability to recover from violence. The intention is to inform policy and practice and preventing such violence from recurring. RAITH funding is in support of the overall project objective to develop best practice strategies for building communities that promote resilience and recovery for victims of violence (GBV, Torture and Youth Violence) and understand the drivers of these types of violence with the long-term goal of developing evidence based violence prevention strategies.
Inyathelo (The South African Institute for Advancement)
Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement was established in September 2002. Inyathelo works to build a strong and sustainable civil society by focusing on building, maintaining and improving the advancement, governance and sustainability of South African non-profit organisations. Central to Inyathelo’s mission is the promotion of philanthropy as a core source of support for civil society. RAITH funding is in support of the overall project objective to consolidate work in building advancement capacity as well as to engage government policy around civil society organisations.
Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)
Established in January 2010 SERI is a public interest law centre that combines research, advocacy and litigation to advance access to socio economic rights. SERI has a strong track record of taking on strategic cases that have a significant impact beyond the individual clients. SERI also publishes thoughtful, high quality research that advances the field of social justice and is resolved to improve its advocacy work in the coming period. SERI has primarily focused on housing, urban development, informal trading and defending the right to protest and has also been involved in some environmental justice work. RAITH funding is in support of the overall objective of this project to address the exclusion of the majority poor in South Africa from the material, political and social benefits of constitutional democracy by contributing in an organic and sustained way to establishing a socio-economic rights wave in the country.
National Alliance for the Development of Community Advice Offices (Nadcao)
NADCAO was established in 2005 to provide support and coherence to the then-divided and disparate community advice sector. It provides technical advice, and lobbying on behalf of the sector. A major achievement by NADCAO to date has been the creation of the Association of Community Advice Offices (ACAOSA), a representative structure for the sector. However, intensive support will be needed to establish ACAOSA as it has been envisaged. In addition, the Legal Practice Bill provides a two year period in which the community advice sector must provide a clear framework for its inclusion in the national justice system and a strong motivation for public funding. NADCAO aims to capitalise upon this opportunity in order to ensure the sustainability of the sector. RAITH funding is in support of the overall project objective for the long-term sustainability of the community advice office sector in South Africa and to enable the advancement of access to justice for marginalized communities.
Equal Education (EE) is a voluntary association based in Khayelitsha which was established in 2008. EE is mainly active in the Western and Eastern Cape and in Gauteng; it also has members and activities in Limpopo and Kwa-Zulu Natal. EE seeks to improve quality and equity in South African public schools so that young people can realize their right to dignity, equity and a good quality education. The overall aim of this work is to see an improvement in school infrastructure across South Africa, by contributing to improvements in individual schools, but also by promoting improvements in specific policies and practices at provincial and national levels. RAITH funding is in support of the overall objective of this project to ensure that Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure are properly implemented in Gauteng province, through monitoring school improvements, and thus putting pressure on the government to uphold promises to improve infrastructure throughout South Africa.
The Learning Trust (TLT)
The Learning Trust is a capacity building and grantmaking intermediary organisation that supports grassroots structures/CBOs with a focus on youth and education rights. The Learning Trust provides an important support service enabling access to hard-to-reach, urban and peri-urban and rural formations that have a social justice agenda. RAITH funding is in support of the overall objective of this project of capacity development, leadership training and the provision of small grants to seven community based organisations.
Bench Marks Foundation
Bench Marks Foundation is a faith-based organisation originally established by the churches in South Africa in 2002 as a non-profit company. Bench Marks argues that “justice requires that we stand with those oppressed, impoverished and exploited and that we work to change the structures and policies in order to create a fair and sustainable world.” To assist the poor and working class communities to attain justice, the Foundation has adopted research as a tool for justice and redress. The aim of its research is to draw on communities’ knowledge, while providing information and skills that assist poor communities in seeking democratic and non-violent alternatives to the conditions in which they find themselves. RAITH funding is in support of the overall objective of this project to empower communities to be better able to hold corporates to account to ensure the effects of corporate activity on communities are better factored into decision making (in mining affected communities) by corporates and authorities that impact on these communities.
Community Media Trust (CMT)
Community Media Trust (CMT) is a non-profit company established in 2012. GroundUp is a project based at the CMT offices and has been active since 2012. GroundUp's objective is to amplify the voice of poor people by being the main publisher of social justice news in Cape Town, and eventually South Africa. By training and employing reporters who live in marginalised communities it seeks to enable ordinary citizens to realize their rights by ensuring that their voices are heard. GroundUp is dedicated to contributing to a more just and equitable society by holding the private sector and government accountable to the poor with regards to service provision and issues such as housing, healthcare, education, sanitation and the rights of women and immigrants. RAITH funding is in support of the overall objective of this project to amplify the voice of poor people by being the main publisher of social justice news in Cape Town, and eventually South Africa.