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.

AFRICA CHECK

TOTAL: R2 469 728 over 3 years

2018: R750 235
2019: R838 777
2020: R880 716

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.

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: R5 863 000 over 3 years

2019: R1 638 000
2020: R2 600 000
2021: R1 625 000

CONSTITUTION HILL

Preserving and Digitising the Founding Archive of South Africa’s Democracy
The Constitution Hill Trust (CHT) helps South Africans to respect their constitution, human rights and democracy through their experience of the Constitution Hill precinct. The Hill serves as a living memory of South Africa’s transition to democracy and a place where shared heritage and common future, founded on South Africa’s constitutional values, is celebrated. The project, funded by RAITH, will support the CHT and South African History Archive (SAHA)'s objective to create catalogue, preserve, restore and digitize the five seminal archival collections that tell the remarkable story of the making of South Africa’s constitutional democracy.The dramatic story of the struggle for national liberation, democracy, human rights, and freedom in apartheid South Africa is one of the twentieth century’s most compelling stories. A path-breaking new Constitution signed in 1996 completely overturned the exclusions and inhumane values of apartheid and colonialism and became a lesson for the world. The relatively peaceful negotiated transition from a deeply-entrenched apartheid system to formal democracy in South Africa was hailed worldwide as a ‘miracle’.

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: 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.

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.

MEDIA MONITORING AFRICA (MMA)

TOTAL: R4 660 254 over 3 years

2019: R1 478 272
2020: R1 552 186
2021: R1 629 796

MEDIA MONITORING AFRICA (MMA)

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is an NGO that was founded in 1993. MMA promotes media freedom and high-quality journalism through monitoring and analysis, skills-development, advocacy and litigation. RAITH funding is in support of MMA's objective to build an informed and active citizenry who consistently monitor power in both public and private sectors so that abuses are exposed and sanctioned.

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.

PARLIAMENTARY MONITORING GROUP (PMG)

TOTAL: R3 152 500 over 3 years

2019: R1 000 000
2020: R1 050 000
2021: R1 102 500

PARLIAMENTARY MONITORING GROUP (PMG)

Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG) is an NGO that has monitored the work of Parliament for over twenty years. PMG uses its expertise to not only monitor committee work but also to analyse if Parliament is performing its legislative and oversight functions effectively and actively intervene to provide recommendations for improvement. PMG seeks to increase its information provision capabilities by providing and advocating for key document provision in provincial and local spheres of government. 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.

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.

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: 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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