Programmatic Funding Priorities for 2018
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 and 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.
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 that addresses 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 the 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, and 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.