Current Grants: Building a Capable State
The RAITH Foundation currently funds the following organisations:
Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC)
The Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC) is a not-for-profit organisation that specialises in
information disclosure law and policy as critical tools for fostering accountability and protection of
human rights. We believe that members of the public, civil society, and government use the existing
accountability framework in South Africa ineffectively and we want to place civil society
organizations in pole position to influence, very early on, the establishment of the Information
Regulator which is expected to be established very soon after approval of parliament’s
recommendation. RAITH funding is in support of the overarching objective of this project to enable
civil society to influence the establishment of an effective enforcement agency that will make access
to information mechanisms affordable, simple and accessible for the public and civil society and
establish positive jurisprudence for access information and personal data protection rights.
Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP)
The Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP) is a public benefit organisation that advocates for the constitutional rights of rural communities to have equitable access to comprehensive, quality health care. RHAP was previously funded for three years to develop and implement rural-proofing policy and budgeting principles to advocate for access to quality rural health care. The objective of the “Realising Health Rights at Times of Austerity” (RRA in brief) programme therefore is to promote and protect equitable access to quality health care services for rural communities, with a focus on vulnerable groups such as children; pregnant women; and people with disabilities. RHAP will conduct technical advocacy work to ensure the inclusion of rurality considerations in overall policy and budget processes, including cost-containment measures, and will also play a watchdog role on the ground, working closely with local health care workers (HCWs) and community groups to monitor policy implementation; document the effects of cost-cutting measures on service delivery and coordinate bottom-up advocacy initiatives against measures that lead to a deterioration in access to health care. RAITH funding is in support of the overarching objective of this project to ensure equitable access to quality health care for rural people by promoting, protecting and fulfilling the right to health.
SOS Support Public Broadcasting South Africa (SOS)
SOS is a civil society Coalition established in 2008, hosted by Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) that advocates for the dominance of robust public broadcasting in the public interest on South Africa’s airwaves towards the improvement of people’s lives and the deepening of our constitutional democracy. The issue to be addressed is the continued decline of public service broadcasting in South Africa and the impact it will have for access to and quality of information services for the majority Black working poor. RAITH funding is in support of SOS’s objective to raise the profile of and improve broadcasting in the public interest.
Just Detention International – South Africa (JDI-SA)
JDI-SA is a health and human rights organisation created in 2013. JDI-SA seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. JDI-SA will work with DCS at national and local levels, rape crisis organisations, survivors and the media, to build capacity to prevent and address sexual violence in prisons, challenge misperceptions about prisoner rape, and begin to explore the problem in police custody. This will be done through advocacy, model development for implementation of a new essential policy, technical support, training, resource development and research. RAITH funding is in support of JDI-SA’s objective to strengthen government and civil society responses to prisoner rape and promote public understanding of the problem.
Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG)
The Parliamentary Monitoring Group is an NGO that has monitored Parliament’s 50 committees for over twenty years. PMG wishes to utilise its expertise by continuing to monitor Parliament, encouraging better performing committees, improving the productivity of its elected representatives, connecting citizens with their representatives, and encouraging active participation in matters of governance. RAITH funding is in support of PMG’s objective to contribute to state accountability by providing timely and accessible information on South Africa’s executive and legislative branches.
Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI)
The Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) is a Wits-based institute established in 2010 that works to better understand how government institutions function and to develop practical solutions to governance challenges. The purpose of this project is generate research to advocate for public service reform, specifically around depoliticizing departments and improving their professionalism. RAITH funding is in support of PARI’s objective to build a fair and capable state by promoting integrity and depoliticizing and professionalizing the recruitment of public servants, municipal officials and key state officials.
The Pegasys Institute was established in 1999 and works to find African solutions to African challenges in the fields of natural resources and infrastructure, in the context of climate change, employing an evidence-based research-for-development approach, working collaboratively with other like-minded organisations and building relationships with policy makers, stakeholders and implementers. RAITH funding is in support of the overall objective of this project to facilitate the productive use of water by selected rural communities in the IUWMA, and to develop and test effective tools for the re-allocation of water under the National Water Act.
Democratic Governance & Rights Unit
DGRU is an applied research unit in the University of Cape Town that engages in ‘activist’ research on judicial governance with a specific intention to support the work of human rights CSOs and other stakeholders whose mandate is the rule of law and judicial independence. The issue to be addressed is the strengthening of the judiciary in South Africa. DGRU’s objective is to build political pressure and stimulate active citizenship in the area of judicial appointments and judicial independence, thus ensuring that a fair and transparent judicial appointments process prevails and that progressive, transformational, independent-minded judges are appointed. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project to ensure that a fair and transparent judicial appointments process prevails and that progressive, transformational, independent-minded judges are appointed.
The Black Sash
The Black Sash was established in 1955 and works towards the realisation of socio-economic rights, as outlined in the SA Constitution, emphasising social security for the most vulnerable, particularly women and child. The provision of socio-economic rights demands open, transparent and accountable governance and active civic engagement by all living in SA, made possible through a vibrant civil society. The project is geared towards the effective and efficient administration of the national grants payment system by SASSA as per its mandate in order for beneficiaries to receive the full value of their social grant. RAITH funding is in support of the objective to ensure the effective and efficient administration of social grants by SASSA in fullfillment of its mandate.
The Children’s Institute, established in 2001, works to improve the lives of children in South Africa through applied research and evidence-based advocacy to support law reform, policy and programme development. RAITH funding is in support of the projects overall objective to support the development of an integrated child protection system in line with the intention of the Children’s Act; advocate for expansion of the child support grant; resolve the foster care crisis and contribute to the development of a comprehensive legal solution that recognises kinship care outside the child protection system as required by the court and introduce a policy shift towards prioritising social services for abused and neglected children.
groundWork is recognised as a leading South African NGO working on industrial pollution issues and was formed in 1999 to support people’s struggles for environmental justice starting with people living on the fencelines of the petrochemicals industries and waste facilities. The project seeks to promote sustainable health care practices and advocacy on public environmental health. The objective is to jointly create and support examples of best practice and to collectively develop articulations on public environmental health. This is undertaken through building a shared platform for learning, providing technical support, increased mobilization of the health care sector on sustainability and environmental public health issues and engaging with government. RAITH funding is in support of the overall objective of the project to support the health care sector to understand, implement, advocate for and support sustainable healthcare, and promote environmental governance and practices that will give meaning to the right to an environment not harmful to one’s health and well-being.