Civil Society Development Fund: currently funded NGOs

The Civil Society Development Fund (CSDF), run by the Embassy of France in South Africa, supports the participation of South African Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in local governance.

CSDF Gender Workshop, 2014.11.20
French Embassy visit to CCJD, 2014.11.13

The following projects and CSOs are currently being supported under the scheme of the CSDF:

The Centre for Community Justice and Development, Pietermaritzburg
Access to Justice for Women and Children in KZN

The Centre for Community Justice and Development (CCJD) is a non-profit organisation that was established in 1989. Through its outreach programme launched in 1997, fifteen advice offices provide access to justice in rural areas. The project funded by the CSDF for 18 months focuses on tackling domestic violence, child abuse and poverty at three of CCJD’s advice offices, in Pietermaritzburg, Madadeni and Mpumalanga.

Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG), Cape Town
Supporting Farm Worker Empowerment in the Boland through Theatre and Radio

EMG is an independent, not-for profit organisation established in 1991 and based in Cape Town and Nieuwoudville. Its programmes aim at encouraging environmental practices that lead to a more human relationship with each other and the natural environment. The 12 months project funded through the CSDF focuses on raising awareness of rights amongst farm workers in the Western Cape through theater performances and radio programmes.

Read the EMG project description:
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Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI), Johannesburg
Protest Monitoring Index: Strengthening the legal exercise of the basic Right to Protest

The Freedom of Expression Institute is a not for profit non-governmental organization established in 1994 to protect and foster the right to freedom of expression. The 12 months project funded through the CSDF focuses on monitoring the exercise of the right to protest as an effective mechanism for sustained civic engagement of excluded groups, enhanced local participation by marginalized communities and public accountability to the most vulnerable in society.

Gay & Lesbian Network (GLN), Pietermaritzburg
Building Awareness and Understanding amongst Institutions and Individuals within communities

The Gay and Lesbian Network is a registered non-profit organization that was founded in 2003 and is based in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. GLN intends to deliver key strategic programmes which would provide support to the wellbeing of the LGBTI community. The 18 months project funded by the CSDF aims at strengthening justice and equality for LGBTI people in the uMgungundlovu district in order to provide safe spaces and an enabling environment for LGBTI as provided by the Constitution.

Read the presentation and press release of the Gay & Lesbian Network:
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Press release
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Presentation of the GLN
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Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA), Johannesburg
Promoting Citizen and CSO Participation in Public Policy Implementation at the Local Level

HURISA is a non-profit making non-governmental organisation formed in 1994 which provides professional services towards the promotion of a human rights culture, peace and democracy. HURISA works with civil society organisations, government departments and special target groups in the promotion and protection of human rights in South Africa and around Africa. The 12 months project funded by the CSDF aims at empowering local and traditional communities in South Africa to participate in public policy formulation and implementation, and to advance service delivery accountability at the local level.

Lifeline Johannesburg
GBTI Safety in Prison

LifeLine started in 1963 in Australia and was brought to South Africa in 1968. It developed into a network of telephone counselling centres and other services offering support to those experiencing emotional distress. It makes free services available to underprivileged communities including trauma containment, counselling, sexual reproductive health education as well as HIV testing and counselling. The 18 months project funded through the CSDF pilots an intervention to achieve GBTI safety at two Gauteng correctional centres. It targets staff and inmates at the centres as well as external stakeholders.

Read the Lifeline, OUT, JDI-SA project description:
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Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC), Cape Town
Transparency in Action: Securing the Rights to Shelter through Improved Access to Information by Marginalised Communities

ODAC was launched in 2000 as a not-for-profit law centre that specializes on access to information and the right to information laws as facilitative tools for creation of conditions for a meaningful dialogue between state agencies tasked with delivering public services and the public as beneficiaries of those public services. The 12 months project funded through the CSDF aims at supporting the realisation of socio-economic rights in communities in Gauteng and the Western Cape through using the right to information as a leverage right.

Women’s Hope Education and Training Trust (WHEAT Trust)
Grant making to LGBTI grassroot organisations

The Women’s Hope Education and Training (WHEAT) Trust is a feminist organisation founded in 1998 that is committed to women’s empowerment through education and skills training. It grants to small Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and women who cannot yet access formal funding. The 18 months project funded through the CSDF aims at providing financial and technical resources to women-led organisations in order to strengthen them to respond effectively to women’s needs, and to take advantage of strategic opportunities to advance human rights for women.

Between 2009 and 2013, the Embassy of France financed 12 projects through the CSDF.
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publie le 23/06/2015

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