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.

CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS (CER)

Total R6 000 000 over 3 years

2016: R1 867 000
2017: R1 987 300
2018: R2 145 700

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

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.

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.

MEDIA MONITORING AFRICA (MMA)

TOTAL: R3 851 302 over 3 years

2016: R1 163 535
2017: R1 279 889
2018:

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.

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.

JUST DETENTION INTERNATIONAL – SOUTH AFRICA (JDI-SA)

TOTAL: R2 042 100 over 3 years

2016: R559 600
2017: R673 500
2018: R809 000

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.

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.

OPEN DEMOCRACY ADVICE CENTRE (ODAC)

TOTAL: R930 500 over 1 year

2016: R930 500

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.

PARLIAMENTARY MONITORING GROUP (PMG)

TOTAL: R2 663 000 over 3 years

2016: R810 000
2017: R885 000
2018: R968 000

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.

PEGASYS INSTITUTE

TOTAL: R2 963 430 over 3 years

2016: R966 720
2017: R997 215
2018: R999 495

PEGASYS INSTITUTE

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.

PLANACT

TOTAL: R4 310 000 over 3 years

2017: R1 410 000
2018: R1 450 000
2019: R1 450 000

PLANACT

Planact is a non-government organisation involved in participatory governance, integrated human settlement and community economic development programmes in South Africa. This project seeks to improve the capacity of community based social movements to know and advocate for their Constitutional Rights and be able to engage their respective local councils in local government processes and municipal resource allocation, through advocacy strategies and effective interaction with municipalities and other state-institutions. RAITH funding is in support of the objectives of this project to have two clusters of community based social movements that are able to influence change in local council public participation practices, in their respective areas.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS RESEARCH INSTITUTE (PARI)

TOTAL: R5 481 920 over 3 years

2016: R1 712 000
2017: R1 795 200
2018: R1 974 720

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.

RURAL HEALTH ADVOCACY PROJECT (RHAP)

TOTAL: R5 162 400 over 3 years

2017: R1 609 200
2018: R1 717 200
2019: R1 836 000

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)

TOTAL: R2 317 000 over 3 years

2016: R700 000
2017: R770 000
2018: R847 000

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.

WESTERN CAPE FORUM FOR INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

TOTAL: R1 570 000 over 3 years

2017: R500 000
2018: R520 000
2019: R550 000

WESTERN CAPE FORUM FOR INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

Established in 1971, the Western Cape Forum for Intellectual Disability (WCFID) is a support network of service providers in the Western Cape, with a membership of 190+ paid up organisations and individuals, and the only umbrella organisation in South Africa that is entirely dedicated to the intellectual disability sector. In South Africa, children with severe to profound physical and intellectual disabilities (IQ below 35, most having secondary disabilities such as cerebral palsy), are some of the most marginalised in society, and have suffered longstanding exclusion from the education system due to the perception they were uneducable with no potential to benefit from any form of education. RAITH funding is in support of the objectives of this project for variations of the Western Cape Province model to be replicated in other provinces, to enable all South African children with severe to profound intellectual disability (CSPID) to have affordable access to a basic education of an adequate quality.

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