Current Grants: Accountability & Transparency

Accountability and transparency are the norm in both the public and private sectors. This is to be achieved by ensuring accountability systems are effective and ensuring that practices that promote a culture of transparency are adopted.

AFRICA CHECK

TOTAL: R1 122 550 over 8 months

2018: R1 122 550

AFRICA CHECK

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.

AFRICA CHECK

TOTAL: R3 152 500 over 3 years

2018: R1 000 000
2019: R1 050 000
2020: R1 102 500

AMABHUNGANE

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.

CENTRE FOR APPLIED LEGAL STUDIES

TOTAL: R5 032 551 over 3 years

2018: R1 585 828
2019: R1 678 690
2020: R1 768 033

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.

CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS (CER)

TOTAL: R7 102 535 over 3 years

2019: R2 252 985
2020: R2 365 634
2021: R2 483 916

CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS (CER)

The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) is a non-profit environmental rights law clinic established in 2009 that helps communities defend their right to a healthy environment by advocating and litigating for transparency, accountability and compliance with environmental laws. RAITH funding is in support of CER's objective to empower activists, community and civil society organisations to challenge the state and corporates to disclose and be accountable for their environmental and climate impacts, and to defend themselves from corporate behaviour that violates their rights and compromises their quality of life.

CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS (CER)

TOTAL: R3 940 625 over 3 years

2018: R1 250 000
2019: R1 312 500
2020: R1 378 125

CORRUPTION WATCH

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.

EQUAL EDUCATION LAW CENTRE TRUST

TOTAL: R5 360 000 over 3 years

2018: R1 250 000
2019: R1 880 000
2020: R2 230 000

EQUAL EDUCATION

Equal Education (EE) is a movement of learners, parents and teachers striving for quality and equality in South African education through analysis and activism. Important elements of South Africa's education system rely on the effective and lawful execution of state assigned responsibilities by private entities. Some make up the broader network of what has been described as the 'Contract State"; private entities being contracted to carry out the states responsibilities. There are notable examples where these entities fail to meet their obligations resulting in schools failing to be built, new external school interventions led without requisite accountability and monitoring and evaluation provided for, and even learners being unfairly denied access to school. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project to ensure that private entities contracted to provide educational services act in a transparent, accountable, lawful and effective manner that improves the quality of education provided to poor and vulnerable communities.

EQUAL EDUCATION LAW CENTRE TRUST

TOTAL: R3 891 400 over 3 years

2017: R950 000
2018: R1 416 400
2019: R1 525 000

EQUAL EDUCATION LAW CENTRE TRUST

The Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) is a non-profit organisation using law and legal advocacy to ensure realization of the right to education in South Africa. One of the key obstacles to the realisation of the right to education is the failure to develop coherent legislative and policy frameworks and instruments, which can be effectively implemented. The objective of the EELC’s project is to improve and strengthen the State’s education legislative and policy framework, directed toward advancement of equity in the public education system. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project to improve and strengthen the legislative and policy framework giving effect to the right to education.

EQUAL EDUCATION LAW CENTRE TRUST

TOTAL: R2 365 980 over 3 years

2019: R749 872
2020: R788 345
2021: R827 763

INTERNATIONAL BUDGET PARTNERSHIP - SOUTH AFRICA (IBP-SA)

The International Budget Partnership South Africa (IBP South Africa) is a civil society organization founded in 2017 that facilitates the empowered engagement of informal settlement residents in government budget processes so that government improves basic services in their areas. RAITH funding is in support of IBP-SA's objective to build the collective agency of informal settlement residents to influence metro budgets and in the process to ensure pro-poor budget allocations and effective budget implementation for basic services in informal settlements.

MEDIA MONITORING AFRICA (MMA)

JUST SHARE

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.

MY VOTE COUNTS

TOTAL: R6 650 000 over 3 years

2018: R2 950 000
2019: R1 900 000
2020: R1 800 000

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.

MY VOTE COUNTS

TOTAL: R1 655 000 over 3 years

2017: R500 000
2018: R550 000
2019: R605 000

MY VOTE COUNTS

My Vote Counts (MVC) is a non-profit company founded in 2012 to improve the accountability, transparency and inclusiveness of elections and politics in the Republic of South Africa. Its work has focused on its campaign to get Parliament to introduce comprehensive political finance reform. RAITH funding is in support of the objective of this project to have the constitutional principles of accountability, transparency and inclusiveness reflected in South Africa’s political and electoral systems.

RURAL HEALTH ADVOCACY PROJECT (RHAP)

TOTAL: R6 462 625 over 3 years

2017: R2 050 000
2018: R2 152 500
2019: R2 260 125

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. 

RURAL HEALTH ADVOCACY PROJECT (RHAP)

TOTAL: R2 499 200 over 2 years

2019: R1 392 000
2020: R1 107 200

SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL EDITORS' FORUM (SANEF)

A media ethics and credibility inquiry to provide recommendations to strengthen ethical systems and practices in the media
The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) is a non-profit organisation whose members are editors, senior journalists and journalism trainers from all areas of the South African media. SANEF promotes excellence in journalism through fighting for media freedom, writing policy submissions, research, education and training programmes. The issues to be addressed in this project include industry-wide editorial breaches and state and corporate capture of journalists in South Africa. RAITH funding is in support of strengthening editorial policies, processes and practices in South Africa in order to rebuild trust in the media so as to safeguard and protect the Constitutional principles of media freedom, freedom of expression and access to information.

RURAL HEALTH ADVOCACY PROJECT (RHAP)

TOTAL: R3 604 000 over 3 years

2017: R1 376 400
2018: R1 153 300
2019: R1 074 300

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.

WESTERN CAPE FORUM FOR INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

TOTAL: R3 210 000 over 3 years

2017: R950 000
2018: R1 089 000
2019: R1 197 900

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.

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