In 2016, OSF-SA supported 80 grantee organisations. The Global Board visited OSF-SA for the first time in several years.
OSF-SA’s internal changes included consolidating grant-making programmes, with two programmes being formalised: Justice, Equality and Rights (JER) and Information, Expression and Accountability (IEA).
South Africa’s fifth local government elections were held but were marred by at least 22 suspected politically motivated assassinations.
In July, the International AIDS Conference returned to Durban, South Africa, and was ‘positively captured’ by OSF-SA grantees, placing emphasis on the need to decriminalise sex work.
OSF-SA worked with grantees to coordinate a civil society submission on the June 2016 Green Paper on International Migration, stressing the importance of a commitment to human rights.
To increase analysis of, and accessibility around, the 2016 Local Government Elections OSF-SA and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa set up a virtual civil society Election #AnalysisRoom. OSF-SA also seed-funded a new Right2Protest Network.
In 2016, OSF-SA continued to work with the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Development, Parliament, and the Mott Foundation to support the expansion of government-provided quality access to justice services. It also continued high-agency project work involving scaling up social auditing in South Africa and increasing the transparency and accountability of the extractive sector.
Government’s controversial strategy to include nuclear power in its energy mix returned to the spotlight in 2016. The lack of transparency around the deal, the history of corruption in relation to procurement around large projects, and the suspected links to the axing of Financing Minister Nhlanhla Nene in 2015 raised broader public suspicions, and several OSF-SA grantees conducted important work on this issue.
2016 grants: 80