Working for Social Justice

Current Grants: Voice, Rights and Agency

The RAITH Foundation currently funds the following organisations:

groundWork Friends of the Earth South Africa

groundWork is an environmental justice organisation supporting community struggles for a more just, healthier and sustainable living space. groundWork started with communities on the frontlines of petrochemicals industries and waste facilities and has now broadened to include communities across the country. Support stretches from capacity-building to strengthen communities’ awareness and understanding of environmental threats and how to challenge these, effective interaction with industrial corporations, politicians and officials, media access and solidarity-building by linking communities faced with similar environmental problems. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project to strengthen the environmental justice movement so that people and organizations work with each other to ensure their right to an environment that is not harmful to their health and well-being is met.

TOTAL: R4 413 500 over 3 years
2018: R1 400 000
2019: R1 470 000
2020: R1 543 500

Lawyers for Human Rights

Lawyers for Human Rights is a non-profit organisation with a 40 year track record that uses the law as a positive instrument for change and to deepen the democratisation of South African society through impact litigation, advocacy and research, community outreach and education, policy contribution, and participation in the broader social justice movement through collaboration with other organisations and communities that seek to strengthen democracy and promote human rights. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project to ensure continuation of LHR’s work on extractive industry accountability and fundamental rights protection for mining host communities, including identifying ways to improve the distribution of benefits and minimize the negative impacts associated with the extractive industry, to clarify and improve enforcement of the current law, and to alter the power balance between host communities and other stakeholders throughout the mine life cycle by ensuring community access to information and effective community consultation.

TOTAL: R6 650 000 over 3 years
2018: R2 950 000
2019: R1 900 000  
2020: R1 800 000   

Association For Rural Advancement (AFRA)

AFRA is a land rights advocacy NGO working to support marginalised rural people, with a focus on farm dwellers and labour tenants in the uMgungundlovu District in KwaZulu Natal. The issue to be addressed in this project is the on-going marginalisation of farm dwellers, who are largely unable to realise their Constitutional rights to land, services, housing and dignity, due to highly unequal power relations on farms, and the ineffective implementation of legislation and policies designed to give effect to these rights. RAITH funding is in support of the objectives of this project for AFRA to contribute to realisation of the rights of farm dwellers to land, services, housing and dignity.

TOTAL: R3 210 000 over 3 years
2017: R900 000
2018: R1 100 000   
2019: R1 210 000    

Global Environmental Trust (GET)

GET is currently opposing existing and proposed coal mining operations (and ancillary developments) in the vicinity of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (HiP) that have caused (since 2004) and continue to cause, environmental degradation and destruction, ongoing human rights violations and the ruination of the fabric of rural communities. RAITH funding is in support of the objectives of this project to oppose coal mining (and ancillary developments) impacting on human rights, the environment and the HiP.

TOTAL: R 991 200 over 2 years
2017: R689 600  
2018: R301 600

Women’s Legal Centre

The Women’s Legal Centre (the Centre) is an African feminist legal Centre that advances women’s rights and equality. The Centre was established in 1999 by a group of committed women lawyers to realize the promise of South Africa’s Constitution. Exercising their constitutional rights is a major obstacle for women. The Centre will provide, free of charge, strategic legal services to vulnerable and marginalized women within the following key areas: a) Violence against Women; b) Women’s’ Rights in Personal Relationships; c) Women’s Rights to Land and Tenure Security; d) Women’s Rights in their Places of Work (Vulnerable Women Workers); and e) Women’s Rights to Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights. RAITH funding is in support of the objectives of this project to advance women’s rights within the specified focus areas over a three year period. Thereby ensuring that rights on paper are extended into the lived realities of women, whilst acknowledging that women in various spheres of their lives do not live single issue lives and that oppression and prejudice is often intersectional.

TOTAL: R3 236 900 over 3 years
2017: R950 000
2018: R1 089 000
2019: R1 197 900

Gun Free South Africa

Gun Free South Africa is a national NGO committed to reducing gun violence in South Africa through strengthening national gun laws, creating safe public spaces through the Gun Free Zone (GFZ) initiative, and working with those most affected by gun violence, to demonstrate alternatives to the prevailing social norms that contribute to gun violence. RAITH funding is in support of the objectives of this project to reduce gun violence by and against young men and women. This will require a shift in societal attitudes to guns from desirable to acknowledging risk.

TOTAL: R2 444 700 over 3 years
2017: R622 000
2018: R974 200
2019: R848 500

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.

TOTAL: R2 605 282 over 3 years
2017: R974 844
2018: R935 394
2019: R695 044

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.

TOTAL: R5 250 000 over 3 years
2017: R1 500 000
2018: R1 750 000
2019: R2 000 000

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.

TOTAL: R7 282 000 over 3 years
2016: R2 200 000
2017: R2 420 000
2018: R2 662 000

Workers’ World Media Productions (WWMP)

WWMP is a non-profit organization that specializes in developing democratic mass media and organizational platforms nationally and in several local communities that focus on socio-economic and political issues that affect them. The project will contribute to the promotion and protection of human and labour rights by strengthening the organising capacity and building media platforms of poor communities and vulnerable workers in South Africa to take up their own interests and enjoy freedom of expression. RAITH funding is in support of the objectives of this project to contribute towards building strong democratic organizations and democratic mass media platforms within 20 local communities and three groups of precarious workers (community health care workers, farmworkers and waste-pickers/ex-mineworkers) in which women play a central role based on principles of unity, independence, democracy and non-discrimination.

TOTAL: R1 721 000 over 3 years
2017: R500 000
2018: R569 000
2019: R652 000

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.

TOTAL: R17 047 754 over 3 years
2016: R5 294 889
2017: R5 701 302
2018: R6 051 563

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.

TOTAL: R2 500 000 over 3 years
2016: R750 000
2017: R875 000
2018: R875 000

Hlanganisa Institute for Development in South Africa (HIDSA)

HIDSA was established in 2006 and is an innovative, developmental donor organization. HIDSA 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.

TOTAL: R6 000 000 over 3 years
2016: R1 807 560
2017: R1 976 436
2018: R2 216 004


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.

TOTAL: R5 296 000 over 3 years
2016: R1 600 000
2017: R1 760 000
2018: R1 936 000


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.

TOTAL: R3 940 627 over 3 years
2016: R1 250 000
2017: R1 312 501
2018: R1 378 126

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.

TOTAL: R4 500 000 over 3 years
2016: R1 400 000
2017: R1 500 000  
2018: R1 600 000   

Rural Democracy Trust– under Voice, Rights and Agency

The Rural Democracy Trust is the Alliance for Rural Democracy (ARD) and is a dynamic grouping of civil society organizations and communities which come together to contest policy and legislation that threatens to dilute the rights of citizens living rural in the former homeland areas. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project to defend, affirm and promote the fundamental human rights of persons/ groups who are members of rural communities within the Republic, having particular concern for the land rights and social justice issues and challenges which face rural communities, who frequently do not have access to or the benefit of their full constitutional rights.

TOTAL: R1 000 000 over 2 years
2017: R500 000
2018: R500 000

Ndifuna Ukwazi

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.

TOTAL: R5 100 000 over 3 years
2016: R1 500 000
2017: R1 700 000  
2018: R1 900 000   


The Right2Know is 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. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project to campaign against abusive surveillance laws; campaign for transparency and participation at all levels of government with a focus on the nuclear deal, apartheid secret records, political party funding, tax-dodging and illicit financial flows; campaign for a free and open Internet opposing attempts to censor the Internet and against the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill; to promote journalistic and editorial independence and transparency in the management of the SABC and to expand Campaign progressively beyond urban areas and deepen the Campaign's internal democratic and

TOTAL: R1 891 504 over 3 years
2018: R600 001
2019: R630 000
2020: R661 503


Afesis-corplan is a progressive, non-governmental organisation that has contributed to community-driven development and good local governance in the Eastern Cape since 1992. The organisation’s strategic goal is to support citizens to actively unlock and enhance the state’s potential to deliver responsive services and targeted development initiatives. To achieve this, Afesis-corplan uses participatory methods, most of which have been developed and tested over time, to empower citizens to take their rightful places in local governance. RAITH funding is in support of the objectives of this project to support and facilitate the involvement of civil society in the review of legislative mechanisms for citizen participation in local governance; to contribute towards systemic change in the manner in which local government facilitates, supports and resource citizen participation on the one hand; and the manner in which citizens take up opportunities to participate on the other; and to pilot innovative and alternative spaces for co-creation between citizens and local government.

TOTAL: R4 096 893 over 3 years
2017: R1 274 346
2018: R1 363 549
2019: R1 458 998

Community Media Trust (CMT)

GroundUp (a project of the Community Media Trust) is a news agency that publishes social justice and human rights news, particularly related to housing, healthcare, sanitation, education, immigration, policing, labour and social security. News that matters to vulnerable communities (poor, rural, immigrant, disabled, LGBTI, etc) is underreported in the South African mainstream media. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project to amplify the voices of vulnerable communities and hold government and the private sector to account.

TOTAL: R2 522 000 over 3 years
2018: R800 000
2019: R840 000
2020: R882 000

Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)

SERI promotes the fulfilment of socio-economic rights and an adequate standard of living for vulnerable groups in South Africa by providing research, advocacy and litigation assistance to poor communities and organisations that represent them. In a society based on constitutionalism, and which has chosen to pursue a project of social transformation through law, it is essential that poor and vulnerable people have ongoing access to specialist advice and representation which will assist them to amplify their voices and pursue their objectives using the tools of legal activism. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project to enable communities, social movements and individuals to develop and implement their own agendas for the enforcement of social and economic rights, and to protect the political spaces in which communities, social movements and individuals organise and take action to give effect to those rights.

TOTAL: R6 462 625 over 3 years
2017: R2 050 000
2018: R2 152 500  
2019: R2 260 125