Dates for 2018 Funding Cycles
Programmatic Funding Priorities for 2018
OSF- SA has two thematic programmes, which are:
- Justice, Equality and Rights
- Information, Expression and Accountability
Expressions of Interest received will be assessed for the strength of alignment with each programmes focus.
- The Justice, Equality and Rights programme (JER)
JER will be considering expressions of interest that resonate well with its strategic focus areas for 2018, particularly rights-based advocacy initiatives that promote and defend:
- an enabling environment for a strong and vibrant civil society, with an emphasis on safeguarding the democratic space, movement building and the development of young leaders.
- socio-economic rights at a broader scale, including but not limited to the right to access quality healthcare and education, land and housing rights, social protection, and economic inclusion.
- access to justice and empowerment for marginalised groups specifically focussed on LGBTI communities, sex workers, and refugees & migrants.
- criminal justice sector reform, supporting efforts that monitor police systems, focus on prosecutorial accountability; advocate for the independence and mandates of criminal justice institutions; and ensure pre-trial justice and dignified conditions of detention.
- legal empowerment initiatives, including the institutionalisation and sustainability of the community advice office sector.
- Information, Expression and Accountability (IEA)
The IEA programme accepts EOIs that fit with our strategic focus areas, particularly rights-based advocacy initiatives that promote and defend:
- The Free Flow of Information: Promoting access to publicly and privately held information.
- The Right of Freedom of Expression: Strengthening public interest media and an independent state broadcaster; Advancing the rights of assembly.
- Promoting Public- and Private-Sector Accountability:
- Effective oversight of the exercise of public power
- Effective oversight of the functioning of Chapter 9 institutions
- Effective oversight of the exercise of private power
In 2018, we will continue to expand OSF-SA’s Private Sector Accountability Portfolio to support novel rights-based work on addressing the social and economic impact (both direct and indirect) of the private sector.
Key issues/projects/sectors that we will consider for 2018 include:
- Human rights conscious and transparent business practices, regulation and oversight of the private sector in South Africa and in the region.
- Business practices of key state-owned enterprises and external providers (sub-contracting) including procurement transparency of essential services that benefit the majority of people.
- Holding the private sector accountable to human rights standards.
- Research, strategic litigation and/or advocacy to strengthen accountability, promote transformation and greater transparency in the private sector as envisioned in the Constitution, the National Development Plan (NDP) and / or other relevant sector codes or directives.