Open Society Foundation for South Africa: Promoting the Values, Institutions and Practices of an Open, Non-racial and Non-sexist, Democratic, Civil society

Deadline: 30 March 2017

The Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) is seeking Expressions of Interest to promote the values, institutions and practices of an open, non-racial and non-sexist, democratic, civil society.

OSF-SA supports a vigorous and autonomous civil society in which the rule of law and divergent opinions are respected. OSF-SA is a South African grant-making organisation and is a part of the Open Society Foundations.

Focus Areas

The Justice, Equality and Rights programme (JER)

JER will be considering expressions of interest that resonate well with its strategic focus areas for 2017, 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 LGBT 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 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

Key Issues/Projects/Sectors

  • 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Legally registered/hosted in South Africa
  • Demonstrated record of strategic effectiveness
  • Ability to strengthen, support and defend institutions that safeguard democracy
  • Possess organisational practices that are rooted in ethical and non-violent principles
  • Check the exercise of all forms of power
  • Willingness to learn from both South African and foreign projects/organisations
  • The ability to account for funds

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

Eligible Country: South Africa

For more information, please visit OSF-SA.

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