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UNESCO Oliver Tambo Chair of Human Rights: Democratic Governance and Participatory Development at the Local Level

University of Fort Hare

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Increasing Access to Justice
  • Grant Amount $75,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2005–October 31, 2007
  • Location Alice, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus Eastern Cape, Province of

About this grant

The UNESCO Oliver Tambo Chair of Human Rights, based at the University of Fort Hare, was created through funding by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to advance human rights, respect for democratic values, peace, and social justice. Recently, the organization developed a project to train and build the capacity of local government officials, traditional leaders and community representatives to understand their respective roles, responsibilities and duties at the local level of government.Multiyear funding will enable the project to train local government officials, traditional leaders and community leaders on topics such as good governance, development management, HIV/AIDS and human rights; conduct research to identify problems and ways of enhancing citizen participation and cooperation at the local level; strengthen the capacity of special groups – women, youth and small business leaders – to work for change within their communities; host training workshops to educate key partners about relevant policy and legislative tools; and organize two stakeholder conferences to share good practices and experiences on the implementation of various local projects.