Current Grants: Accountability & Transparency
The RAITH Foundation currently funds the following organisations:
Centre for Environmental Rights (CER)
The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) is a non-profit environmental rights law clinic established in 2010 that helps communities defend their right to a healthy environment by advocating and litigating for transparency, accountability and compliance with environmental laws. This project seeks to improve the governance of natural resources by the state, to hold corporate actors accountable for violations of rights - including through socially responsible investment by institutional investors - and to strengthen the ability of affected communities and groups to exercise rights, form alliances, access justice and hold both state and non-state actors accountable for violations of rights. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project that aims for better regulation of corporate behaviour by the state by promoting greater transparency and disclosure by the state and corporates and by empowering affected communities to defend themselves from corporate behaviour that compromises their quality of life.
Africa Check is an organisation that promotes accuracy and accountability in public debate and the media. Misinformation, false claims and “fake news” impact citizens’ ability to make informed choices and hold officials accountable. The objective of Arica Check is to promote the proper functioning of democracy by encouraging accuracy in public debate and the media in South Africa and strengthening accountability and trust. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project to ensure a fairer general election in South Africa in 2019 by tackling misinformation circulating in traditional and social media and providing voters with reliable non-partisan information on key campaign issues in the six months up to and one month after the vote.
Centre for Applied Legal Studies
CALS is a university centre and law clinic based at the Wits Law School that connects the worlds of theory and practice by employing research, advocacy and litigation to advance human rights and social justice. This proposal addresses the issue of corporate accountability for human rights. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project is to ensure that corporations show increased respect for, and promotion of, human rights when they carry out their activities in South Africa.
Media Monitoring Africa (MMA)
Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) was established in 1993. MMA collects evidence and uses it to lobby for change in order to ensure that media continually expose the behaviour of powerful interests so that peoples’ rights to dignity and equality can be realized. MMA seeks to achieve this through media monitoring, research and analysis, reporting and facilitating debates as well as developing tools, training, lobbying and litigating on media related issues. RAITH funding is in support of MMA’s objective to strengthen democracy and encourage a just and fair society through transparent, diverse and ethical media that amplifies people’s voices and holds powerful interests to account.
Just Share NPC
Just Share was established in 2017 as a non-profit shareholder activism and responsible investment organisation that promotes the use of investor power for a fairer South Africa. Just Share is a resource centre and action platform for the coordination, enhancement and amplification of civil society work to expose corporate conduct which violates Constitutional rights and exacerbates inequality in South Africa. Many South African companies have profoundly negative impacts on the fundamental rights and quality of life of millions of South Africans, but they are seldom held to account for these impacts. Good corporate citizenship is claimed by many of these companies, but its values are seldom evident outside of public relations materials. Just Share’s objectives will be to stimulate active ownership and responsible investment by shareholders to force companies to internalise the values of corporate citizenship, and to end impunity for companies which conduct business in an unlawful, unsustainable or exploitative manner. RAITH funding is in support of the overarching objective of this project to improve corporate citizenship in South Africa such that the conduct of the country’s corporate sector contributes to a reduction in poverty and inequality.
Africa Check, established in 2015, promotes accuracy and accountability in public debate and the media. Misinformation, false claims and “fake news” impact citizens’ ability to make informed choices and hold officials accountable. The objective of the organisation is to promote the proper functioning of democracy by encouraging accuracy in public debate and the media in South Africa and strengthening accountability and trust. RAITH funding is in support of the overarching objective of this project to promote honesty and accuracy in public debate and the media in South Africa, thus improve accuracy, accountability and the quality of public discourse.
Land & Accountability Research Centre
LARC is a research and advocacy unit concerned with power relations, and the impact of national laws and policy in framing the balance of patriarchal and autocratic power within which rural women and men struggle for democratic change at the local level. The objective is to hold back traditional leadership laws that threaten rural democracy and propose alternative laws and policies that promote rural democracy and are consistent with living law. The objective will be achieved by conducting extensive empirical research, policy analysis, workshop engagement with rural citizens, engaging Parliament, public dialogues and litigation. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of the project to hold back traditional leadership laws that threaten rural democracy and propose alternative laws and policies that promote rural democracy and are consistent with living law.
Bench Marks Foundation
The Bench Marks Foundation is a faith-based, non-profit organisation committed to social and economic justice. It conducts research, advocacy and capacity building to support and empower poor and working-class communities, involving forty mining impacted communities, in their quest for justice and redress. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project to provide access to remedies and further support to communities through an independent problem-solving service and capacity building programme.
amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism
amaBhungane is a non-profit newsroom that develops investigative journalism through its best practice and supportive interventions. The latter include two sets of activities that are the subject of this application: advocacy to help secure the information rights that are the lifeblood of our field and building the digital dissemination of investigative content. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project to expose wrongdoing and hold power to account; to develop the field of investigative journalism, promoting free and capable media; and ultimately to make our democracy more open, accountable and just.
Corruption Watch (CW) encourages and enables the public to participate in combatting corruption. In accordance with the Corruption Watch general model, this grant will enable Corruption Watch to encourage individuals and communities to actively engage in combatting corruption, including, but not limited to, reporting experiences of corruption to their organisation. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project to ensure that South Africans are actively engaged and action oriented in resisting corruption.
Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI)
SAFCEI is an Institute of people of many faiths, united in diversity through a common commitment to creating sustainable and resilient human communities who live in balance and harmony with the Earth, through the pursuit of eco-justice and ethical governance. South Africa faces an uncertain future, as a cornerstone of its future development - energy planning - has been taken over by political interests and corrupt practices. The objective of this programme is for South Africa to have an affordable, sustainable and climate-smart energy system that is accessible to all. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project for South Africans to have an affordable, sustainable and climate-smart energy system that is accessible to all.