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The Southern Cape Land Committee was established in 1987 and works with rural communities, farmworkers and dwellers, and small-scale farmers to create the conditions for agrarian reform. Over the next two years, the Support to Advice Offices and Farm Committees project will educate people on farms about their rights and how to access them. The Southern Cape Land Committee will work with 10 rural advice offices and 34 area farm committees, representing the interests of farmworkers and dwellers living in 298 farms in 11 local municipalities in the Eastern and Western Cape provinces of South Africa. The Southern Cape Land Committee will train farm committees and advice offices to address labor and tenure violations on farms and support advice offices to improve their fundraising and governance and administration systems.
The Community Law and Rural Development Centre, established in 1989, has a network of advice offices that provide free legal advice and other services to poor communities in rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa. Past support assisted the Community Law and Rural Development Centre to train and mentor paralegals within advice offices and to seek ways for these advice offices to remain sustainable. This grant will support the Community Law and Rural Development Centre to continue to train paralegals and advice office management committees on topics including fundraising, financial management, and governance. It will also assist advice offices to register as independent institutions to improve their chances of raising funds from a variety of sources and will provide ongoing legal education to paralegals to ensure that they are up to date with changes in relevant laws.
The program goal is to strengthen active civic participation in Bulgaria. To this end, the Citizen Participation Forum, an association of over 130 Bulgarian nonprofit organizations, will expand its membership and strengthen the capacity of its member organizations; create effective partnerships with other nongovernmental organization networks and public institutions; and ensure participation of citizens and nonprofit organizations in decision-making processes on the local, national, and European Union levels. The forum has been working as an informal network since 2009 and registered formally in October 2012. The forum's mission is to develop civil society in Bulgaria and strengthen citizen participation in public policymaking and decision making. The grantee's key past achievements include coordinating input from nongovernmental organizations into the development of a national strategy for civil society development and advocating for a proper implementation of the partnership principle during the development of the country's operational agreement with the European Union for the period 2014-2020.
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