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Hlanganisa Community Fund for Social and Gender Justice Southern Africa is an innovative grant-maker with the experience, insights and community networks to enable your organisation to improve the lives of society’s most vulnerable. By bridging the gap between funder and communities, we provide a vital link between our partners and those organisations that will make best use of your funds to uplift their communities.
To build a community, three things are needed: the skills to identify the best recipients, the funds to catalyse their growth, and the training and mentorship to achieve greatest impact. With our community networks and on the ground understanding of challenges in marginalised areas, we can effect real change. Let us turn your funds into measurable improvement in quality of life of communities.

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Hlanganisa Community Fund for Social and Gender Justice Southern Africa is an innovative intermediary grant maker aimed at strengthening social accountability.

Since 2010, the Foundation has been implementing a programme of social justice grant-making.

Our Strategic Focus Areas:

Access to Justice

The full realisation of citizens’ rights as outlined in the constitution is only possible through an equitable justice system for majority of South Africans that can afford legal representation. The inaccessibility of legal literacy is further exacerbated by poor education. Through community-based paralegalism, Hlanganisa recognises the importance of community-based paralegals for access to justice for communities. Their proximity to communities and ability to simplify complex processes makes them a strategic entry point. Hlanganisa has partnered with over 50 community advice offices across South Africa.

Democracy and Social Acountability

Through the programme, Hlanganisa supports community-led initiatives contributing to equitable and just access to natural resources leveraging on indigenous knowledge systems. This includes the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy which should be equitable and consider the communities directly impacted. As climate change-related disasters increase in frequency and intensity in the sub-region, women in rural communities are impacted the most because of their dependence on natural resources. Through the climate justice programme, Hlanganisa’s support is directed to community level efforts addressing,
• disaster-risk reduction,
• advocating for access to land for women,
• ensuring food security,
• sustainable energy.

Climate Justice and Resilience

The ability to understand the provisions in the Constitution is key when holding public officials to account for delivery of services and expenditure of resources. Hlanganisa capacitates CBOs to use community-based monitoring, budget tracking and social audits using the integrated development plan (IDP) as an entry point in achieving community development priorities. Hlanganisa considers active citizenship a key ingredient in Democratic processes and constitutionalism and has funded, trained and supported community-based organisations in Free State and Limpopo. Projects successfully implemented include; monitoring of drug stockouts, advocating for increased participation of women in IDP processes, budget monitoring of roadworks and access to running water.

Gender Justice and Women Leadership

Hlanganisa’s gender justice work foregrounds women leadership at grassroots level, ensuring that they participate in decision making at all levels. Our intersectional approach includes participatory grant making and strengthening of women-led organisations and movements as they seek to mitigate systemic barriers impacting womxn. Hlanganisa has an impressive footprint in supporting creative methodologies that respond to GBV through research and advocacy. Some of the projects funded for various crosscutting with GBV include; • Mainstreaming Disability into Gender-Based Violence • Women’s Land Rights and Gender-Based Violence • Gender-Based Violence and Migration • Policy Advocacy • Documentation of Community Level Responses to Gender-Based Violence

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Hlanganisa SEF Project Manager, Bongani Ndlovu, was interviewed on Vuma FM to discuss social employment programmes and the benefits of these programmes within communities, especially

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Hlanganisa’s CEO, Bongi Ndondo, was interviewed on SAFM to discuss accessing social justice in South Africa and the role played by community-based paralegals.

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