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General Purposes

Black Sash Trust

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Increasing Access to Justice
  • Grant Amount $250,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2018–December 31, 2019
  • 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. Past support enabled the grantee to protect, improve, and expand social security and social protection for vulnerable people; train community-based organizations on human rights and how to access them; and work on a campaign to stop illegal deductions from the accounts of social grant beneficiaries. This grant will enable the grantee to monitor service delivery implementation in various government entities and give feedback for improvement, train community-based organizations on socioeconomic rights and how to demand accountability from the government, and offer support on social justice matters through a national helpline.