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General Purposes

Black Sash Trust

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Increasing Access to Justice
  • Grant Amount $80,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2012–December 31, 2015
  • Location Cape Town, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus South Africa

About this grant

The Black Sash Trust was founded in 1955 by a group of women who were fighting for the recognition of human rights for all in South Africa. Its aim is to contribute to the creation of a society that has effective laws and comprehensive social protection for the most vulnerable. It conducts rights awareness programs for community-based organizations and poor and marginalized people. Over the next year and a half, the grantee will train community-based organizations and members of the public about human rights and how to access them, provide the tools and information to community-based organizations on how to monitor the delivery of government services, and engage relevant government institutions on how to improve on their delivery of basic services. This grant increase will contribute to the Dullah Omar Spring School, which will offer training to an estimated 400 community-based paralegals on various subjects related to basic rights and the law. This grant increase has been made possible by a partnership with Atlantic Philanthropies in support of the community advice office sector.