- Program Civil Society
- Program Area Special Initiatives
- Grant Amount $80,000
- Grant Period January 1, 2003–December 31, 2004
- Location Cape Town, South Africa
- Geographic Focus Western Cape, Province of the
About this grant
As a country divided along racial and ethnic lines, the first nonracial democratic elections of 1994 brought South Africa the opportunity to rebuild and form a new, united nation. This meant bringing together communities and people from different backgrounds who had lived in separate worlds. These communities were faced with the situation of being neighbors, colleagues, co-learners, and especially, having to share and even compete for common resources. Despite legislation to address this challenge of transformation, there is a need to change attitudes, fears and prejudices.Multiyear funding will support objectives that include assisting communities in developing a common vision through dialogue and sharing; facilitating reconciliation by promoting trust and nation building; providing community leaders with knowledge and skills in reconciliation and conflict resolution; and helping communities design and implement programs that encourage grassroots participation in nation building.The Foundation for Citizenship and Governance Training is a nonprofit organization that works with communities of different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds to help them understand the changes taking place in the country and to promote the vision of a new society based on the values of equality, respect and justice.