In 2000, South Africa became the first developing country in the world to host the International AIDS conference. The Conference, which was held in Durban, was marked by protests against the South African Government and pharmaceutical companies. A march by hundreds of thousands of people on the eve of the Conference, during which they demanded affordable and safe access to medicines for all people in developing countries, marked the beginning of the global medicine access movement.
The second local government elections took place. OSF-SA provided support to build Internet radio networks, which resulted in stations producing and sharing programmes around the country’s elections.
The Independent Electoral Commission allocated a portion of its media budget to support the work of community radio stations in partnership with OSF-SA. Training manuals formed the basis of a national training drive coordinated by the National Community Radio Forum, which petitioned the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to speed up the registration of community radio stations.
The Criminal Justice Initiative started to focus its efforts on crime prevention work and supported community-based initiatives working on restorative justice and offender rehabilitation and reintegration.
In 2000, the largest investment was for the Thuthuzela Rape Investigation Project to set up the first Thuthuzela Care Centre in Manenberg, Cape Town. The aim was to provide survivors with access to the police, to medical and counselling support and to ensure speedy investigations of sexual offences.
The Education Initiative broadened its focus to include district-wide work, Phakama (Lift Yourself Up) Project in the Eastern Cape and the Kgatelopele District Improvement Project.
The Human Rights and Democracy Building Programme supported projects that could deepen democracy at local government level in order to build citizen capacity. It included a focus on women and youth in rural communities.
During this period OSF-SA sought to integrate work with young people across all of its grant making programmes.
Justice Navi Pillay delivered the sixth Open Society Lecture (she later became the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008 – 2014).
2000 grants: 140